Managing Your Fleet–Environmental Impact and Avoiding Costly Cleanups

Included in this month's "Managing the Fleet" section, Utility Products presents one company's benefits of adding two "green" Ford E-250 vans–with fluid leak detection equipment to locate underground electrical feeders–to its extensive line of hybrid vehicles.

Dec 15th, 2009
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Included in this month's "Managing the Fleet" section, Utility Products presents one company's benefits of adding two "green" Ford E-250 vans–with fluid leak detection equipment to locate underground electrical feeders–to its extensive line of hybrid vehicles. Discussed in our second fleet management article, "Selecting the Right Air Compressor for Your Work Truck," Darren McDowell outlines reciprocating air compressors and rotary screw air compressors, and emphasizes the importance of specifying the correct one and what you should consider: application, operation and drive method. Our third fleet story, "Don't Let Inspector Clouseau Near Your Vehicle Lifts," explains how the safety and productivity of your technicians depend on your lifts, and, for this reason, you want only qualified inspectors to help ensure your equipment is functioning properly.

Also presented in this month's lineup is "Hidden Dangers–Discovering What is Buried Below is not Difficult Today." Paul Hull discusses that while underground utility accidents have been steadily declining, there are still accidents, sometimes fatal, when buried power and communication lines are struck by machine blades or buckets. The number of accidents is still in the thousands each year–possibly meaning fatalities or costly repairs for every incident. This article addresses various accident prevention and detection methods for potential underground hazards: color-coded spray marks; careful record keeping; hand-held locator systems for cable, gas, sewer, CATV and water lines; and even an aboveground locator for detecting hidden conduit under the roof where you are working. Many instruments are available for underground detection, and finding the ones that fit your specific needs will protect both you and your community.

With the new year upon us, may 2010 be safe and prosperous for you!

Regards,

John Tabor
Associate Editor
johnt@pennwell.com

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