Care & Maintenance of Personal Protective Grounding Equipment

Posted by Jason Dettmar on Apr 10, 2018 11:16:00 AM

Recent updates to OSHA 1910.269(n) and 1926.962 have emphasized the responsibility of the employer to ensure their personal protective grounding equipment and practices are adequate to protect employees from hazardous differences in electrical potential. One important aspect that is often overlooked is the care and maintenance of the grounding equipment.

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Topics: Lineman Grade Tools

Pulling Elbows? There’s a Better Way

Posted by Rafael Stoutz on Mar 29, 2018 1:33:00 PM

You’ll probably never see anyone trying to use an elbow-puller tool for anything except what its name implies. However, you are likely to find many who attempt pulling elbows with other tools, most commonly a shotgun stick. 

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Topics: Lineman Grade Tools

Personnel Protective Grounding in Substations

Posted by Jason Dettmar on Feb 14, 2018 3:58:00 PM

“We have been searching for better ways to implement our policy for substation grounding almost since we adopted it. While the grounding equipment we’ve been using is the widely-accepted standard for this application, it has always had room for improvement in practice,” shared a utility.

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Topics: Lineman Grade Tools, Grounding

Take Care of Your Cover Up Equipment

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Nov 14, 2017 2:24:13 PM

Hot line maintenance appears to have begun in the early 1900’s with a few homemade tools. Tools and working methods improved vastly in the following decades. During that era, linemen realized the value of a protective shield to guard them and the equipment they were using from accidentally contacting an energized conductor. 

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Topics: Lineman Grade Tools

Tips of the Trade for Ratchet Hoists

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Oct 23, 2017 10:02:00 AM

For the hoist user, long-term dependable performance is easy to obtain by following simple work guidelines and exercising proper maintenance. Basic safety rules apply when using ratchet hoists.

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Topics: Lineman Grade Tools

Are you Properly Testing your Hot Line Tools?

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Oct 4, 2017 2:45:00 PM

Each hot line tool should be wiped clean and visually inspected for defects before use each day. If any defect or contamination that could adversely affect the insulating qualities or mechanical integrity of the tool is present after wiping, the tool shall be removed from service and examined and tested in a manner prescribed by OSHA before being returned to service.

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Topics: hot line tools, Lineman Grade Tools, Lineman