Maintaining rights-of-way is the responsibility of both the utility and the customer. This month's Utility Products brings you two great feature articles that discuss land-clearing equipment, the importance of not letting nature get ahead of you, and educating your customers. Contributing editor Paul Hull's article, "Right-of-Way Maintenance: Both Utilities and Customers Have Responsibilities," outlines however diligent your plans for right-of-way maintenance might be, nature is not going to wait. Many utilities can't maintain their rights-of-way year around because of the weather. In addition, many trees, shrubs and bushes can't be cleared in a single year because of the size of many utilities' territories. Hull presents the importance of prioritizing your greatest intrusions and educating your customers about the dangers of planting trees and shrubs too close to power lines. It's the customers' obligation to know the rules-and the safety of the neighborhood must come before the appearance of their property.
In "A Clear-cut Decision: Tips for Selecting a Power Take-off Driven Horizontal Drum Mulcher" by Bill Schafer, selecting the correct right-of-way and land clearing equipment is discussed. Few machines offer the level of performance, versatility and safety as power take-off (PTO) driven horizontal drum mulchers, Schafer reports. He outlines how, once the decision to purchase a horizontal drum puller is made, to sort through the options to get the most for your money.
Another feature articles, "Game Strategy: How Focused Coaching Improves Fleet Safety and Fuel Efficiency," addresses how game films, which help players and coaches review performance and suggest ways for improvement, can also be applied to the safety and fuel efficiency performance of utility fleet vehicle operations. Video and vehicle data provides information that fleets and drivers can use to reduce risk and generate large savings.
And, you won't want to miss "Storm Response Crews are a Ready Force to be Reckoned With," by William Todd Rockwell. Rockwell reviews the steps taken by ACRT, a utility vegetation management service provider, in recent years after major storms. Utilities should constantly determine vegetation that is a risk to their assets. The goal is power outage prevention, it's reported, and, in emergencies, helping determine the quickest and most effective way to get the lights back on.
This issue also brings you a variety of great product focus articles. Learn more about asset tracking and managing your workforce, improving safety performance, protecting people and assets with visitor management systems, the importance of utilities having an automated external defibrillator (AED) on the worksite (AEDs save lives-utilities and those whose lives have been saved are grateful, to say the least, for the investment), how proper labeling brings order and safety, future proofing a network by pushing fiber deeper, and how fast fiber deployment through workforce management solutions can accelerate time to revenue.