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Safety


 


by Tory Tedder 


what I do," says James Long, smiling. Then he gets serious. "Everything–clothing regulations,  maintenance–is designed to keep  dangerous out there." 


spent 14 years working the lines as a construction foreman before strapping on the "safety guy" hat in 2003, so he understands the practical aspect of applying safety  "I want these guys to do the


job right and education is key," stresses Long. "Bottom line, I want everybody to go home safely at the end of the day." Shortly after taking over


the safety reins, Long began a  for lineworkers. Those seeking careers at OEC now must enter  vetted by the Department of Labor. Apprentices must complete 12 units of accredited instruction in addition to on-the-job training. 


everything workers need to know— from pole climbing to correct construction procedures—in order to do the job the safest way possible.   licensed journeymen. Long says OEC strives to


have the best safety record in the 8


 program is one way to achieve  from OEC employees.  workplace is in public spaces, safety concerns also include the general public. Ensuring public safety


is a top priority for Long. A large part of his job includes making certain OEC complies with the myriad of federal and state regulations guarding the safety of the general public  Carriers Safety Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Electrical Safety Code and others. 


Above: Veteran District Lineman Phillip Miller prepares his rope for a pole-top rescue. Miller has been with OEC for over 27 years.


with electricity. We want to give them the information they need to stay safe while saving our lives, homes and property." 


efforts to create a safety culture and to the many employees who work diligently to adhere to these practices, OEC has a reputation for  


 contacted Long to help provide electricity-based safety training  OEC has provided three sessions. The partnership began before the  in the fall with the incoming recruits. 


  


 computer-based system, which provides data, monitoring and remote program controls on our distribution system, contributes to the safety of OEC workers and the general public. "But, all the technology in


 reckless," says Long. "Our safety record is a testament to our high-  SCADA, our partnership


  demonstrate our commitment to the Touchstone Energy values— innovation, integrity, accountability and commitment to community.


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