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SAFETY


Substation Recertification Emphasizes Safety, Equipment and Procedure Training


Safety is the first priority when working with


electricity. No matter how experienced a lineman is, not being familiar with equipment and proce- dures can be the enemy. That is why every two years our line personnel


are required to renew their certification in KAMO substation operations.


Dennis Greenwood (above), sub-


station instructor for KAMO Power, discusses proper switching procedures as VVEC linemen (left) look on. Two training sessions were held in


March and all VVEC line personnel attended.


Working with personnel from KAMO Electric Cooper-


ative, at the Elm Creek substation east of Owasso, VVEC linemen reviewed all safety policies regarding entering, exiting and working within a substation. Dennis Greenwood, KAMO’s substation safety instruc-


tor, and several KAMO system operators, discussed the importance of communicating with the system operators while in the substation for the safety of the linemen in the substation and anyone working further on down the lines. Greenwood also demonstrated equipment found in


the substation as a review and refresher course. “The purpose of this training is to familiarize our line


personnel with KAMO equipment, since we work closely with KAMO to restore service during a substation outage,” explains Randy Riddle, VVEC’s manager of operations and technical services.


“KAMO doesn’t have as many personnel in the


field as the distribution co-ops like VVEC do. Or they may not be as close as our personnel are. So, it’s not unusual for our linemen to be the first on site when responding to an outage. We need to be knowledge- able of the equipment and procedures so service can be restored quickly and safely,” says Riddle. He goes on to explain VVEC requires this training


and certification of all line personnel. “We want all our linemen to have the ability to


work in a substation when the situation requires it,” he says. “We want them to be able to help KAMO in switching and re-energizing lines, and opening and closing switches so power can be restored to our con- sumers in a timely manner.”


April 2013 VVEC Power Circuit 3


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