Features http://tdworld.com/taxonomy/term/7347/more en Linemen Get Up to Speed on Fall Protection http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-get-speed-fall-protection <div class="node-body article-body">Western Area Power Administration creates training video, provides hands-on training to linemen, rewrites its fall protection manual and rolls out new personal protective equipment to field workforce. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-get-speed-fall-protection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-get-speed-fall-protection#comments Features Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:17:00 +0000 67381 at http://tdworld.com <p>Upper Great Plains lineman Shayne Bender demonstrates how to use a buck hook with a self-retracting lanyard to ascend a steel lattice tower at fall protection training in Mead substation.</p> Linemen Bury Lines to Ramp Up Reliability http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-bury-lines-ramp-reliability <div class="field-byline"> Todd Shaffer, Colorado Springs Utilities </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Crews complete overhead-to-underground line conversion to clear land for a new construction project at a local university. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-bury-lines-ramp-reliability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/linemen-bury-lines-ramp-reliability#comments Features Overhead Transmission Underground T&D Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:53:00 +0000 67371 at http://tdworld.com <p>The field crew digs down the hillside for the new underground line.</p> Freeing Up a Freeway http://tdworld.com/features/freeing-freeway <div class="field-byline"> Adelma Thom and Mike Curby, NV Energy </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Line crews move a critical transmission line to accommodate a major interstate highway construction project in Las Vegas.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/freeing-freeway" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/freeing-freeway#comments Features Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:45:00 +0000 67361 at http://tdworld.com 10 Costliest Atlantic Hurricanes in History http://tdworld.com/distribution/10-costliest-atlantic-hurricanes-history <div class="field-byline"> Andy Friedman, Associate Editor </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Utilities have done heroic work restoring power after catastrophic damage from these dreaded weather events. </div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/distribution/10-costliest-atlantic-hurricanes-history" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/distribution/10-costliest-atlantic-hurricanes-history#comments Features Distribution Grid-Optimization Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:11:00 +0000 66641 at http://tdworld.com Veteran Lineman Trades Climbing for Hovering http://tdworld.com/features/veteran-lineman-trades-climbing-hovering <div class="node-body article-body">Wayne Temple transitions from working as a lineman on the skid to sitting in the pilot seat.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/veteran-lineman-trades-climbing-hovering" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/veteran-lineman-trades-climbing-hovering#comments Features Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:25:00 +0000 65651 at http://tdworld.com <p>Wayne Temple is shown in route to a structure with a lineman using the skid transfer method. The<br /> project will provide renewable energy to the people of Los Angeles, California.</p> Fall Protection by Design for BPA Structures http://tdworld.com/features/fall-protection-design-bpa-structures <div class="field-byline"> David O’Claire, Bonneville Power Administration </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Agency improves linemen’s climbing safety by retrofitting legacy towers and designing fall protection into new towers. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/fall-protection-design-bpa-structures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/fall-protection-design-bpa-structures#comments Features Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:18:00 +0000 65641 at http://tdworld.com <p>By determining the proper anchoring points and developing a field guide, BPA is helping its linemen find ways to safely climb steel towers.</p> Ergonomics Programs Drive Down Injury Rates http://tdworld.com/features/ergonomics-programs-drive-down-injury-rates <div class="field-byline"> By George Minow, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc., and Amy Fischbach, Field Editor </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ontario utilities still have ergonomics programs in place years after participating in a research study. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/ergonomics-programs-drive-down-injury-rates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/ergonomics-programs-drive-down-injury-rates#comments Features Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:33:00 +0000 64211 at http://tdworld.com <p>The hydraulic cable shaper has helped to reduce MSDs in the field.</p> OG&E Hardens System to Curb Outages http://tdworld.com/distribution/oge-hardens-system-curb-outages <div class="field-byline"> By Ryan Jones, Jarod Cassada and Don Ciupak, Oklahoma Gas &amp; Electric Co. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Crews upgrade infrastructure, shorten spans, remove overhang and increase tree clearance to improve system reliability.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/distribution/oge-hardens-system-curb-outages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/distribution/oge-hardens-system-curb-outages#comments Features Distribution Grid-Optimization Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:24:00 +0000 64201 at http://tdworld.com <p>Once customers have power back, there is more work to do. Crews clean up the site and disassemble broken equipment for salvage.</p> Mobile Tools Maximize Productivity at PGE http://tdworld.com/features/mobile-tools-maximize-productivity-pge <div class="field-byline"> Rodney Lewis II, Portland General Electric </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Utility streamlines dispatching, record keeping and data collection by equipping field workforce with latest technology.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/mobile-tools-maximize-productivity-pge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/mobile-tools-maximize-productivity-pge#comments Features Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:07:00 +0000 62281 at http://tdworld.com <p>Portland General Electric&rsquo;s workers rely on laptop computers to improve productivity in the field.</p> SCE Safeguards Endangered Condors http://tdworld.com/features/sce-safeguards-endangered-condors <div class="field-byline"> Paul Netter, Southern California Edison </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Utility partners with Fish & Wildlife Service to implement power pole aversion training. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://tdworld.com/features/sce-safeguards-endangered-condors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://tdworld.com/features/sce-safeguards-endangered-condors#comments Features Wed, 24 Dec 2014 19:55:00 +0000 61021 at http://tdworld.com <p>California condors, which can fly as high as 15,000 ft, have gone from only 22 and near extinction in 1987 to now numbering 437 in the wild and captivity. California condors lay only one egg per year, the lowest reproductive rate of any bird species. Photos courtesy of Southern California Edison and the U.S. Fish &amp; Wildlife Service.</p>