Rich Maxwell

Quanta Linemen Stay Safe While Working Live Lines
Robust customer demand and a growing expectation for uninterrupted service has made live-line barehand work a common practice in the utility industry.
Trimming Challenges of Remote Vegetation hallenges
Utility linemen often work outside in inclement weather conditions and at a considerable height above the ground. At times, they also face another challenge:
California Utility Has High Hopes for High-Tech Grid
Last October, Southern California Edison (SCE; Rose-mead, California) completed installation of a first-of-kind neighborhood distribution circuit referred
Inductive-Mode Locating Works at Cellular Site
Experts estimate that there are as many as 150,000 cellular sites in the continental United States. Each is equipped with special transmitters, antennas
Safety From the Heart
Having Witnessed or experienced an on-the-job accident, whether a near miss or a fatality, forces linemen to move the issue of safety from their heads
The Tool Committee
A couple important trade shows are just around the corner. The International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) will take place Oct.
A Lineman Has Your Back
In this dangerous business of working around power lines, linemen need to watch each other's back. We're like policemen. We cover each other, says Entergy's
Four Linemen Strive To Earn a Golden Ticket
Russell Hawes was bombarded by utility companies and contractors recently as he approached graduation from the Northwest Lineman College's (NLC)Electrical
Linemen Talk Construction
Our industry is in the middle of a construction boom. Upgrades, increased capacity and population sprawl are creating a record number of construction projects. I asked line workers what is driving the construction boom in their service territory
Line Workers Learn On the Big Lines
For the past five or six years, utilities have aggressively been recruiting and training new line workers to replenish their workforces. This is evident
Fleet Trucks of the Future
When Doug Houseman sent me concept drawings of a bucket truck of the future being developed by Capgemini and the Smart Energy Alliance, distribution managers
Municipal Utilities Talk About Underground
At the 2006 Kansas Municipal Utilities Underground Workshop in Winfield, Kansas, utility representatives said trying to respond to trouble calls and maintain
Line Construction Headaches
It is interesting to hear what pole-line construction foremen have to say about the challenges of their job. Considering their responsibilities and work
Linemen Speak Their Minds
An Xcel Energy lineman from Texas, Russell James shared with me at the International Lineman's Rodeo that his dry cleaner followed him out to his truck
Apprentice Line Workers Train for the Future
Utilities across the country are finding ways to address the shortage of trained linemen and the shrinking workforce in field operations. Much has been

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