Safety is important in any line of work. We all must watch for trip or fall hazards and pay attention to cabinet drawers that may be slightly open or know where to go if there’s a fire or weather event. For lineworkers though, their lives are on the line every single day. While safety is on our minds year-round, every May we recognize electrical safety month by putting extra emphasis on the measures TCEC takes to keep its employees and the public safe. As a member, you can take steps to help too.
TCEC has a robust safety program in place and, in 2018, the cooperative joined the Commitment to Zero Contacts initiative created by Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. This initiative provides co-ops with recommendations and resources to help eliminate injuries by electrical contact. TCEC’s crews follow safety protocols based on leading national safety practices for the utility industry. The cooperative has a safety coordinator and a safety committee that meets monthly.
As a member, you can help keep our lineworkers safe on the job by staying aware when driving and slowing down and moving over for utility crews working near the roadway. Please don’t let mylar balloons loose outside as they can get caught in power lines and cause a hazard. Don’t post flyers on utility poles as nails or tacks can puncture protective gear.
Keep yourself safe when working outside by paying attention to the location of overhead lines when using a ladder or helping your children build a treehouse. Be aware of the potential for underground lines when digging in your yard for any reason and be sure to call 811 to have underground utilities marked before you start a project. Protect your children by telling them to avoid playing near pad-mount transformers — those large green boxes with underground power lines. If you are flying a kite, make sure you’re not anywhere near power lines. Always tell your children to stay away from substations.
Together, we can make our communities safer. Learn more at www.tcec.coop.