Employees design new digger derrick trucks

After several employees experienced serious injuries falling from digger derrick trucks, we are replacing our entire fleet with new trucks designed by our operators. The fleet includes the latest in safety, ergonomics and efficiency. We are acquiring three trucks this year and another 13 in early 2018. “The company is really demonstrating our commitment to safety with this amazing investment,” said Matt Swanson, a supervisor in Fleet & Garage Operations at Avery.

Members of the design team pose for photo while visiting Altec Inc., the company that produced our new digger derrick trucks. From left, Jeff Carter; Justin Seamans; Mark Quimba, Alex Senf and Moises Seraphin, all with Altec Inc.; Doug Kirk; Jaydee Pickerill; George Hann; Chuck Chiotti; Roger Price; Matt Swanson; Larry Zeis; Mat Farris; and Jonathon Gering.

Hundreds of donated tools support Brady’s Barrels

More than 600 working manual tools were collected as part of the Battery-operated Tool Replacement Project and will be heading to Suriname and other developing countries to support linemen with proper training and safe work procedures through the Brady’s Barrels program.

The Battery-operated Tool Replacement Project is wrapping up after months of swapping out manual tools at our line centers for more efficient and ergonomic ones, which are designed to help reduce soft-tissue injuries. There are approximately 2,700 new battery-operated tools now being used as part of our ongoing commitment to safety.

On the cover: This crew from Gresham Line Center briefly paused working to participate in the June 13 Safety Stand Up.

Help put a spotlight on safety

Volunteers are needed this summer to help us teach children about electrical safety through fun, interactive activities. These events will take place at various fairs and festivals throughout our communities and are a great way to spend a summer day or evening.

July 7 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children’s Museum, Southwest Portland

July 15 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate Hillsboro, downtown Hillsboro

July 22 | 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. First City Celebration, Oregon City

Aug. 5 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Riverfront Family Fest, Salem

Aug. 19 | 5 to 10 p.m. Jade District Night Market, Northeast Portland

Find a Summer of Safety event that interests you and sign up through myCommunity.

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