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November 19, 2011

The True Story of a Power Line Accident Victim

“Everything felt like it was on fire – it’s like sticking your arms and legs in a fire pit.” The day then-lineman Rick Svecla sustained electric shock in 1989, started out like any other day on the job. The crew he worked with was performing maintenance on an electrical system outside a gas plant in […]

September 30, 2010

NEW Power Line Safety and Awareness Certification Program

Alberta’s struggle with workplace safety is a continual and growing concern. In 2009, there were 110 fatalities in addition to 26,000 on-the-job injuries, most of which could have been avoided with proper safety training and awareness. Power line incidents are no exception. A committee was formed in 2008 with representatives from the Joint Utility Safety […]

May 12, 2010

Safety Training Spikes in the Oil and Gas Industry

Power line safety is an increasingly important consideration in Alberta’s deadline-driven, highly-competitive oil and gas industry. “We’ve always done a lot of safety training, but we’re starting to see a lot more electrical and power line safety training,” said Tom Morin, Staff Electrical Safety Technologist at Cenovus –one of the industry’s first safety managers dedicated solely […]

May 3, 2010

JUST Launches Alberta’s First Power Line Safety Day

Power line risks are 24/7/365. Yet the sad reality is that every day, three Albertans risk their lives needlessly around overhead or underground power lines. Compelled by this high volume of power line contacts, the Joint Utility Safety Team (JUST) is declaring Monday, May 3rd as Alberta’s first Power Line Safety Day. Formed in 2006, […]

January 12, 2010

What You Need to Know About Induction

A utility provider was undertaking a major project that involved upgrading the voltage of existing power lines in a rural area from 250Kv to 500Kv, when technicians encountered fuel containers being stored dangerously close to the power lines. The landowner wasn’t aware of the existing danger, or why the location of his fuel containers would […]


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