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August 24, 2017

Educating Students on Power Line Safety

“If you’re not conscious of what you’re doing on the jobsite, it’s only a matter of time before you become a statistic.” Keeping safety top of mind and complacency at bay has allowed Lorne Strachan an incident-free career, spanning more than 20 years. As the Associate Chair, Steel Construction and Hoisting at NAIT, and a […]

November 8, 2016

How to Stay Safe During Construction Season

We’ve all heard it—and we’ve all probably said it—there are only two seasons in Alberta: winter and construction. As construction season begins, so does excavation season. Do what it takes to avoid any incidents on the job, and in particular be cautious when operating equipment around power lines. Touch Potential Electricity will always try to […]

September 21, 2016

The Importance of a Spotter

There are a lot of things to protect when working—namely the lives of you and your coworkers, environment and property. Blind backing is never a good idea. The importance of a spotter is paramount whether you’re working during the day or night. When it comes to utilities we take the function of a guide one […]

July 19, 2016

Changing Heights and Depths of Utilities

Every year, the ground settles and expands with the changing weather and temperatures. This affects both the height of overhead power lines and the depth of underground lines. Overhead Power Lines When the ground settles around them, power poles can settle. This can either cause lines to tighten or sag, with the latter increasing the […]

June 24, 2016

Hazards of Horizontal Directional Drilling

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is being used more frequently for installing infrastructure such as cable, water, gas and telecommunications lines, particularly in heavily-developed industrial and urban areas. In these areas, HDD may offer a number of advantages including cost-reduction, shorter completion times and less disruption to traffic, property and the environment. However, the rising popularity […]

May 31, 2016

The Dangerous Work of Transmission Power Linemen

Alberta’s utilities workers go to great lengths—and heights—to keep the lights on throughout our province. While they are working hard to ensure that power continues to flow, field crews are making sure it’s done in the safest possible way. Part of doing the job safely means using the proper safety equipment and personal protective equipment […]


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