After completing a pole change-out, a three-man IBEW crew working for Intren out of Sutter Creek was headed back to the yard when they noticed flames coming from a nearby intersection. As they got closer, they could see a car on fire on the side of the road. Flames were coming from underneath the hood… [Read More]
In our line of work, there’s a code. It’s about having each other’s backs, putting our lives and our families above any company’s bottom line.
One hundred and thirty years ago, before our union was founded, it was common for outside linemen to work 12-hour days, in summer heat and winter storms, seven days a week. Employers insisted the work was low-skill and therefore low paid – linemen earned 15 to 20 cents an hour, while plumbers made nearly twice… [Read More]
Safety in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is a hot topic to approach, especially during this tumultuous season. As many of you are aware, several brothers working in IBEW 1245’s jurisdiction have perished on the job since the beginning of this year. One of these brave men is someone I worked with and went… [Read More]
In the first in-person meeting at the IBEW 1245 union hall since the onset of the pandemic 15 months ago, IBEW 1245’s peer-to-peer safety committees met with senior union leadership to renew the union’s commitment to build a stronger safety culture across our work sites. On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, Business Representative Fred Aboud welcomed… [Read More]
Recent administrative decisions by the Governor and Cal OSHA have moved the state into a different posture regarding the requirement for face masks/coverings, as well as other COVID safety measures. The IBEW 1245 Union Hall will begin reflecting these changes on Monday June 21. Starting Monday, we will no longer have the security guard present… [Read More]
Unfortunately, we must report another fatal accident that occurred yesterday afternoon, taking the life of one of the many linemen who travel to our jurisdiction to work. Journeyman Lineman John Ostroski from IBEW Local Union 222 in Florida was killed in a vehicle accident. Preliminary reports indicate that the transmission right-of-way road he was driving… [Read More]
A deceptively simple sensor system developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory can prevent dangerous conditions from developing in outdoor battery cabinets. Supported by DOE’s Office of Electricity, IntelliVent is designed to be installed in cabinet-style battery enclosures, which are becoming common for stationary grid energy storage. IntelliVent responds to smoke, heat, or gas alarms… [Read More]
The men were inside a metal lift basket attached to the jib of a crane when the basket became unstable and separated from the crane, according to deputies. The basket reportedly dropped approximately 106 feet to the ground.
After 12-year IBEW 1245 member Glen Bernard lost his cousin to COVID-19, he struggled – and continues to struggle—to find closure. “There was no real funeral … and we’ve never really emotionally closed the book, because we couldn’t say goodbye to him,” he said, recounting the painful, difficult experience that far too many families have… [Read More]