Utility Safety Podcast by Incident Prevention Magazine
Special USOLN Episode: An Interview with the Very First CUSP All-Star, Denver DeWees from Farmington Electric

Special USOLN Episode: An Interview with the Very First CUSP All-Star, Denver DeWees from Farmington Electric

July 29, 2021

Meet Denver DeWees, the USOLN's very first CUSP All-Star, an honor given to remarkable utility safety professionals who have achieved the Certified Utility Safety Credential (CUSP). Denver is the safety coordinator for Farmington Electric Utility System, which serves 46,000 metered customers in the San Juan and Rio Arriba counties of New Mexico. One of the many things that makes Denver stand out against his industry peers is that he is one of only a few safety professionals who has also earned all four CUSP endorsements in Electric T&D, Gas, Power Generation and Civil. In this episode, we sat down to chat with Denver to learn more about the process of becoming a CUSP and how it has helped him achieve more in his career as a utility safety professional. 

To learn about how you can become a CUSP, go to USOLN.org.

Utility Safety Solutions: A New Underground Cable Tool that Improves Ergonomics and Efficiency

Utility Safety Solutions: A New Underground Cable Tool that Improves Ergonomics and Efficiency

July 2, 2021

We always love when we see lineworkers out in the field invent new products and solutions that make the job safer and more efficient! This is why Kurt Moreland invited to this episode of the podcast Ben Schwartz from Linehand's Choice—a lineman who, along with his team, invented an excellent new tool that greatly increases the ergonomic safety and efficiency of working with underground cable. 

Utility Safety Solutions is a podcast that provides utility safety and ops professionals with an in-depth look at innovative products, services and strategies that help reduce incidents and increase safety success. Incident Prevention Associate Publisher Kurt Moreland looks for the most exciting and timely solutions happening in the industry right now and sits down to talk with the folks who bring those products to you. Utility Safety Solutions is published by the team at Incident Prevention magazine. Learn more at incident-prevention.com/podcasts. 

Utility Safety Voice of Experience with Danny Raines: Overhead Line Work, Then and Now

Utility Safety Voice of Experience with Danny Raines: Overhead Line Work, Then and Now

June 2, 2021

In this episode, Danny offers listeners additional commentary on “Overhead Line Work, Then and Now,” which he wrote about in the June-July 2021 issue of Incident Prevention magazine. You can read the article at https://incident-prevention.com/ip-articles/overhead-line-work-then-and-now.

The Voice of Experience with Danny Raines podcast is produced by the same team that publishes Incident Prevention. It delivers insights based on Danny's regular column in the magazine, also called the Voice of Experience. To listen to more episodes of this podcast, as well as other podcasts we produce, visit https://incident-prevention.com/podcasts.

Utility Safety In Depth: What Utilities & Contractors Need to Know About UTV & ATV Safety

Utility Safety In Depth: What Utilities & Contractors Need to Know About UTV & ATV Safety

May 27, 2021

Utility task vehicles (UTVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are becoming increasingly popular transportation options for lineworkers who need to traverse difficult terrain to access work sites. In this episode, Kate Wade talks to Ty Fenton of Safety One Training about what utility and contractor organizations should consider when purchasing, training on and using these vehicles. 

This episode is an extension of “Building an ATV/UTV Training Program for Utilities and Contractors,” an article featured in the June-July 2021 issue of Incident Prevention magazine. To read the article – and to sign up for your very own complimentary subscription to the utility industry's best safety publication – visit incident-prevention.com. Each episode of the Utility Safety In Depth podcast is hosted by Kate Wade, who dives deeper into the articles featured in Incident Prevention through extended conversations with their authors.

Utility Safety Solutions: Talking About a New RFID Product and a Recent Acquisition with Jelco’s Kat Lea

Utility Safety Solutions: Talking About a New RFID Product and a Recent Acquisition with Jelco’s Kat Lea

May 27, 2021

Kurt Moreland sits down with Jelco's Kat Lea to discuss an exciting new radio-frequency identification tag product -- EZE Track -- which will offer utilities the ability to track all of their products and product records, inspection logs and instruction manuals via cloud-based technology. Kurt and Kat also talk about Jelco's acquisition of Elk River Inc.  

Utility Safety Solutions is a podcast that provides utility safety and ops professionals with an in-depth look at innovative products, services and strategies that help reduce incidents and increase safety success. Incident Prevention Associate Publisher Kurt Moreland looks for the most exciting and timely solutions happening in the industry right now and sits down to talk with the folks who bring those products to you. Utility Safety Solutions is published by the team at Incident Prevention magazine. Learn more at incident-prevention.com/podcasts. 

Special Episode: How the Utility Safety Conference Has Grown and How it Will Evolve to Meet Utility Safety & Ops Professionals’ Needs

Special Episode: How the Utility Safety Conference Has Grown and How it Will Evolve to Meet Utility Safety & Ops Professionals’ Needs

April 26, 2021

The Utility Safety Virtual Conference on May 4-6 will mark the 16th year of its existence. From its start as a small, humble gathering of utility safety and operations professionals back in 2005, it has evolved into an event that now hosts hundreds of attendees and exhibitors twice a year. In this episode, we sit down with the creator of both Incident Prevention magazine and the conference, Carla Housh, and the event coordinator of the conference, Melissa Housh, to talk about what makes this event so important to those who work in the highly-specialized area of utility safety. 

Utility Safety In Depth: Understanding Complacency & How To Overcome It with Sharon Lipinski

Utility Safety In Depth: Understanding Complacency & How To Overcome It with Sharon Lipinski

April 21, 2021

What is the true cause of complacency? How can developing new habits reduce incidents? What is it about our brains that makes us want to take shortcuts? Sharon Lipinski, CEO of Habit Mastery Consulting, will answer these questions and more as she sits down with Incident Prevention magazine's editor Kate Wade to discuss the biological basis of complacency.

This podcast is an extension of “The Biological Basis of Complacency,” an article featured in the April-May 2021 issue of Incident Prevention magazine. To read the article – and to get your very own complimentary subscription to the utility industry's best safety publication – visit incident-prevention.com. Each episode of the Utility Safety In Depth podcast is hosted by Kate Wade, who dives deeper into the articles featured in Incident Prevention through extended conversations with their authors.

Utility Safety Voice of Experience with Danny Raines: Who is in Charge of System Operations?

Utility Safety Voice of Experience with Danny Raines: Who is in Charge of System Operations?

April 19, 2021

In this episode, Danny provides additional views and perspectives from his April-May 2021 column called “System Operations: Who’s In Charge?” You can read this article by going to incident-prevention.com. Listen now to learn why it’s important to slow down, or even stop work, when something doesn’t seem right about the job. 

The Voice of Experience with Danny Raines podcast is produced by the same team that publishes Incident Prevention magazine. It provides added insight from Danny's ongoing column in the magazine, also called the Voice of Experience. To listen to more of this podcast, as well as the other podcasts we produce, go to www.incident-prevention.com/podcasts.

Utility Safety Voice of Experience with Danny Raines: My Male Breast Cancer Survivor Story

Utility Safety Voice of Experience with Danny Raines: My Male Breast Cancer Survivor Story

March 5, 2021

American entrepreneur Jim Rohn once said, "Take care of your body; it's the only place you have to live." In this episode, we talk about a different type of safety than we usually do—and that safety revolves around personal health and the dangers of a less-talked-about cancer: male breast cancer.

Several years ago, Danny Raines was lucky to discover a lump in his breast in time to get the treatment he needed to get rid of his cancer. He shares his cancer survivor story with us in this episode and urges all listeners to be aware of and check for male breast cancer. If you want to learn more about male breast cancer, visit the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. Additionally, if you'd like to reach out to Danny directly, you can do so at rainesafety@gmail.com or by phone at (770) 354-7360.

The Voice of Experience with Danny Raines podcast is produced by the same team that publishes Incident Prevention magazine. It provides added insight from Danny's ongoing column in the magazine, also called the Voice of Experience. To listen to more of this podcast, as well as the other podcasts we produce, go to www.incident-prevention.com/podcasts.

 

Utility Safety Solutions: An On-Helmet Detector that Alerts Your Workers to Electrocution Hazards

Utility Safety Solutions: An On-Helmet Detector that Alerts Your Workers to Electrocution Hazards

March 5, 2021

The unique aspect about electricity that makes it so dangerous is that, by most accounts, it is not a danger that is easily detected through one's sense of sight or sound. In this episode, we sit down with lineman, trainer and Safeguard rep Brady Hansen, who tells us about an innovative utility safety product that is designed to act as a bit of a "sixth sense" for workers by providing an on-helmet audio/visual alert system for voltage and current detection. 

Hansen will share his lineman's perspective about how this tool is saving lives in real-world applications—and he'll also share a couple of tales about some interesting wildlife encounters!

Utility Safety Solutions is a podcast that provides utility safety and ops professionals with an in-depth look at innovative products, services and strategies that help reduce incidents and increase safety success. Incident Prevention Associate Publisher Kurt Moreland looks for the most exciting and timely solutions happening in the industry right now and sits down to talk with the folks who bring those products to you. Utility Safety Solutions is published by the team at Incident Prevention magazine. Learn more at incident-prevention.com/podcasts. 

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