2/16/2000 12:00 AM
Making repairs to an energized power line is extremely dangerous and requires specialized training. And TEEX’s Electric Power Training and Safety Division is one of the few organizations offering energized line maintenance training in its ongoing effort to ensure worker safety.
Energized line maintenance is important because it allows high voltage (7000 ) power lines to be repaired without power interruption to hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other public facilities. Although this maintenance is beneficial to the community, power line workers are put at risk of injury when repairing “live” power lines.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 83 workers in the electric, gas and sanitary services died due to occupational injuries in 1998. However, training programs like EPTSD’s energized line maintenance training can help prevent accidents and injuries in the electric power industry.
Dan Gray, program coordinator of EPTSD, says that this training is important because it teaches power line workers to safely and effectively repair energized power lines and prevents injury or death.
“This line training assures the safety of both the linemen doing the electrical work and the general public,” Gray says. “Both are in potential danger if line maintenance work is handled incorrectly.”
According to Gray, this course emphasizes safe electric line work procedures and uses special tools and equipment to conduct this specialized safety training.
“During the line maintenance training, EPTSD uses insulated aerial lifts, digger derricks, hot sticks, special tools, protective cover up and rubber gloves,” Gray says.
The open enrollment courses are available to a wide range of electric power organizations such as electric municipals, electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, electrical contractors and other related industries needing this expertise.