June 14, 2015 -
588 The Top Five Reasons to Create a Formal Utility Damage Prevention Program Since 2004, the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) has published an annual paper – the Damage Information Reporting Tool Report, or DIRT Report for short, to evaluate the current state of excavation-related incidents that affect buried utilities and put workers’ and nearby residents’ safety at risk. In this paper, CGA outlines the top five reasons why a stakeholder organization should develop a formal utility damage...
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.
June 14, 2015 -
642 Golf Carts Utility Carts--They Are Not Just for Golf Anymore Golf carts are being used for applications beyond the golf course. They are being used as transportation vehicles in communities, campuses, large warehouses, parks, and airports. The carts are also used for utility purposes such as moving materials and equipment. In addition, devices such as Segways, scooters, 4-wheelers, and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) are also being used for a variety of workplace applications. With the evolving...
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.