Collaborative Learning and the Academy for Utility Line Design Professionals is offering this practical 1/2-day mini-course to help utility managers, engineers, designers and others improve the safety of their overhead distribution lines. The course leaders will present an overview of the conditions and defects that are typically encountered on overhead lines and will summarize the requirements of the NESC with respect to overhead line inspection, testing and correction of conditions and defects. They will also share examples of policies, procedures and best practices for ensuring that your organization and its employees are prepared to recognize, mitigate, report and correct hazards in a timely manner.
This course is appropriate for managers, engineers, designers, crew leaders, safety professionals, and consultants whose work involves joint use overhead lines.
§ Up-to-date information
§ Real-time survey questions and participant Q&A
§ Practical examples of hazards typically encountered on overhead lines
§ Actionable recommendations to improve the safety of your overhead lines through
hazard recognition and correction
This course is offered in three (3) parts of approximately 60 minutes each with 15-minute breaks between each part for a total duration of 3-1/2 hours and 3.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
Overhead Line Hazards & Remedies
In this first session, participants will learn to recognize and correct hazards caused by conditions that are commonly encountered in the immediate vicinity of overhead lines. These conditions may be naturally occurring or caused by human activity that is beyond the direct control of the utility.
§ Easement encroachments
§ Accessibility by unauthorized people
§ Vehicular hazards
§ Contractor violations of OSHA approach distances
§ Vegetation and wildlife
§ Other conditions (suggested by participants)
Overhead Line Hazards & Remedies - Defects
In this second session, participants will learn to recognize and correct hazards caused by defects that are commonly encountered with the overhead line infrastructure. These hazards may be caused by inadequate design and/or maintenance, long-term deterioration or sudden failure of line components, or damage caused by human activity that is beyond the direct control of the utility.
§ Inadequate clearances to ground, water and permanent structures
§ Inadequate clearances to structures
§ Inadequate joint use pole attachments
§ Inadequate grounding
§ Overloaded structural components
§ Deteriorated and improperly maintained structures
§ Other defects (suggested by participants)
In this third and final part, participants will learn about the organizational challenges of timely hazard recognition, mitigation and correction. Focus will be on policies, procedures and best practices for ensuring that your organization and its employees understand their accountabilities for these important functions and how to carry them out effectively every day.
§ Individual employee responsibilities
§ Management responsibilities
§ Documentation and reporting of hazards
§ Constructive notice of hazards to potentially affected non-utility interests
§ Process and timeline for correcting hazards
― Who handles corrections?
― What are the priorities for correction?
― How are corrections documented and reported?
R. John Miner, P.E. is an accomplished executive manager and educator with over forty-five years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning, Inc. of Austin and San Antonio, Texas, a firm that presents management and technical educationprograms and, through Collaboration Unlimited, provides management consulting services to the electric utility industry. John’s technical seminars and workshops for utilities have covered such topics as application of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), overhead and underground distribution systems, electric system planning, construction, operations, and maintenance. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (with honors), and a Master of Science degree in engineering science, both from the University of Toledo. John is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Minnesota.
Ted Dimberio, P.E. is an accomplished engineer with over forty years of experience in electric and telecommunication line design. He is currently President and CFO of Utility Line Design and President of Line Design University. Ted has worked in all capacities of line design including field staking, construction supervision, and management, and consulting. He has been an industry leader in developing engineering software for electric distribution utilities that auto-generates profile drawings and required line design calculations to verify and document engineering decisions. Ted received his civil and structural engineering education from Mesabi State Junior College and the University of Minnesota. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
In case you miss any part of the course, or want to review it, your registration includes full access to the course recordings for 30 days.
Individual cost – $295.00
Organizations registering 3 or more individuals, per person – $245.00