Field workers must do everything possible to minimize risks and stay safe on the job. When an accident occurs, not only is the employee affected, but the family, company and community as well. This month's Utility Products brings you several great feature articles to help minimize exposure to some of the dangers utility workers face. Jack Rubingers' article, "Field Worker Safety: Top Six Concerns," discusses the dangers of exposure to high voltage, great heights and extreme temperatures-and what can be done to make the workplace safer.
In "Keeping the National Electrical Safety Code Relevant for All Utility Workers" by Trevor Bowmer and Larry Slavin, how the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) helps ensure the safety and efficiency of workers working with electric supply, communication lines and equipment is presented. Opportunities for conflicts between facilities and work practices can easily occur, and any conflicts can be eliminated through the application of the NESC-protecting everyone.
And in Ronald Schenk's article, "Safety Management for Crew Leaders," how applying a few best practices in transmission and distribution safety management can keep workers safe is outlined. Safety is the responsibility of the safety department, crew foreman and crew members-everyone's responsibility. It is important that corporate culture stress and enforce this concept.
Another feature article is "New Lines: Expansion and Replacement of Existing Lines Will Continue Forever" by contributing editor Paul Hull. Hull discusses how, nationwide, bringing power to everyone, commercial and residential, continues to change and improve. Utilities in power and telecommunications have always accepted that some of their work is better done by other companies, Hull points out, and line construction and maintenance should be performed by those who are experts-whether it's the utility or outsourcing to contractors.
This issue of Utility Products also brings you a great lineup of product focus articles. Read how utility vegetation management optimizes reliability, fleets of all sizes are helped with automatic vehicle location technology, making wise technology investments benefits everyone, pure sine wave converters offer work vehicle benefits, meters really get to be smart, spiraling cable costs can be overcome, and meter replacement evolves into efficiency and cost-savings.