January 21, 2014 -
Toolbox Talk: Buried Utilities This toolbox talk was created by NIOSH and CPWR and covers the hazards of rupturing or breaking underground utilities. The design allows workers to view a graphic while the facilitator presents the information. After the talk, the sheet can be posted on the jobsite with the graphic side out to reinforce the key points.
April 1, 2009 -
Transforming Safety Culture: Grassroots-Led/Management-Supported Change at a Major Utility This article presents a case study that captures the 9-year culture change journey started at a major New Jersey utility in 1999. Keys to the success of an authentic, sustainable culture change include engaging and empowering union employees in the process; customizing interventions; and implementing those interventions in two phases first village by village, then utility-wide.
August 1, 2011 -
OSHA Crane & Derrick Standard: Effects on Electric Utilities On August 9, 2010, OSHA published its much anticipated final rule on Cranes and Derricks in Construction (1926 Subpart CC). Most provisions of this rule went into effect November 6, 2010, with the remaining to follow in one to four years.
November 1, 2010 -
LinkedIn Discussion on CUSP This article provides a discussion that took place on the Utility Branch's LinkedIn page. The Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) certification and the Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network certifying body were discussed.
October 1, 2012 -
Resource Guide to Effective Utility Management and Lean Improving Performance and Addressing Key Management Priorities at Water-Sector Utilities This Resource Guide to Effective Utility Management and Lean explains how water-sector utilities can
use these two important and complementary approaches to reduce waste throughout their operations,
while continuing to improve utility products and services for customers.
January 2, 2005 -
Carbon Monoxide Releases & Poisonings Attributed to Underground Utility Cable Fires - New York, January 2000 to June 2004 This article summarizes data on reported CO burnouts and discusses associated injuries (includes symptoms and other adverse health effects) from 15 state health departments.
June 12, 2008 -
Limitations of Metal-clad Enclosures to Protect Workers from Electrical Arc-Blasts A common misconception among electrical workers is that flame resistant clothing is not necessary when working on equipment enclosed inside a metal cabinet. Studies have demonstrated that metal enclosures can only contain electrical arc-blasts of very limited intensity and duration. This paper will look at how to effectively protect workers from arc-blast hazards.
March 1, 2014 -
Safe Strategies for Excavations Around Underground Utilities Nothing halts a construction project faster than the discovery of a gas pipe, electrical line, sewer tile or water pipe that nobody knew was there. If you are lucky, you will recognize the line before any damage is done, or you will quickly determine that it is a short segment of a long-abandoned leg. If you are not so lucky, you may get to see yourself on the evening news.
November 14, 2014 -
Confined Space Entry: Determining Your Stand-By Rescue Needs Does this scenario sound familiar? A three-man crew was attempting to shut down a 23-in. water main when the incident occurred. One worker entered the 10-ft deep valve pit (vault) through the 22-in. manhole opening using a built-in steel ladder and a few minutes later called for help. One workers on top went in to assist and was overcome. The third worker started to enter and realized he would soon be in trouble. He immediately exited...
August 1, 2011 -
Interview with Stephen Brooks This article provides an interview with Stephen Brooks, Safety Officer for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.