Electrical Safety


August 23, 2016

At PG&E, Safety Is Everybody’s Responsibility

About 300 of PG&E’s top leaders spent the day together recently to talk about one thing and one thing only: safety. It’s a topic that begins with leaders and involves every employee whether they work in the field or in an office.

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August 2, 2016

Linemen Vie for Chance to Represent PG&E at International Lineman’s Rodeo

Brandon Branch went to great heights to kick off the 2016 PG&E/IBEW West Coast Lineman’s Rodeo — 100 feet to be exact.

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August 2, 2016

Lineman Appreciation Day Recognizes Employees Who Maintain Safe, Reliable Power

PG&E’s nearly 1,000 linemen work tirelessly across difficult terrain, in adverse weather and at all hours of the day to keep the lights on for customers. Company leaders thanked its line workers at events throughout the service area in recognition of PG&E/IBEW Lineman Appreciation Day.

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July 27, 2016

Retiring PG&E Employee Reflects on Career Helping Farms that Provide Californians with Bounty of Produce

Jose Rios picked produce in the fields as a teenager, so he knows firsthand the grueling life of a farmworker. As a PG&E employee, he has worked for years helping farmers with their needs and to be energy efficient. He was set to retire this year, but decided to wait just a bit for a very important reason.

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July 26, 2016

Electrical Issues No Trouble for Vacaville’s Decker

The work of a troubleman can be tough and physically demanding, but it’s no problem for a former professional linebacker. In this case, the athlete is Valerie Decker, who took her passion for sports and applied it to electric line work. Read her story, including how safety is such a big part of her life — at work but also at home.

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July 20, 2016

Heads up Pokémon Go Players: PG&E Says Catch ‘Em Safely or Not At All

Power plants, substations and electric equipment might not harm Pokémon, but people are a different story. With the Pokémon Go craze in full swing, PG&E urges players to catch their Pokémon at a safe distance from electric and gas facilities and equipment.

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July 19, 2016

VIDEO: Innovation Helps PG&E Upgrade East Bay Power Lines More Safely and Efficiently

PG&E routinely uses helicopters to upgrade power lines and steel towers throughout its service area to improve the safety and reliability of its electric system and to help meet growing demand for energy. As this video shows, the PG&E crew on one such project also used a new, innovative work method to complete the job more safely and efficiently than ever before.

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July 6, 2016

VIDEO: PG&E Tests Drones, New Safety Tool for Inspections of Remote Infrastructure

PG&E has the largest hydroelectric system of any investor-owned utility in America. And inspecting that 500-mile system can be a time-consuming job that requires workers to deal with treacherous terrain and reach hard-to-access locations. But as this video shows, there’s a new tool that promises to make the job safer and more efficient.

June 23, 2016

PG&E Contractors Inspecting 30,000 Power Poles in San Francisco

As part of PG&E’s ongoing efforts to provide safe and reliable service to customers, PG&E contractors are performing routine power pole inspections throughout the city.

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June 14, 2016

PG&E Advice to Graduating Seniors: Secure Metallic Balloons with Weights

With graduation season in full swing, PG&E is imparting some sage words of wisdom to schools, graduates and their families: If your graduation celebration involves helium-filled metallic balloons, make sure they are secured with a weight to prevent them from coming into contact with overhead power lines and causing a public safety risk.

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May 18, 2016

PG&E Sees Drone Technology as Opportunity with Safety and Reliability Benefits

PG&E constantly leverages the latest technology to improve its delivery of safe, reliable, clean and affordable services to customers. Thanks to strategic partnerships with leading innovators, PG&E has begun testing how it can use Unmanned Aerial Systems — better known as drones — to help monitor and survey its gas and electric infrastructure.

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May 16, 2016

PG&E Retiree’s Book Chronicles How Linemen Revolutionized Power Delivery in America

At more than 500 pages, “The American Lineman” tells the long history of a profession mostly unknown by the public but one that’s vitally important to California and the country. Its author is a former longtime PG&E lineman and employee who now works at Northwest Lineman College in Idaho. In this Q&A, he tells Currents what motivated him to write this ambitious book.

May 13, 2016

Interstate 580 to Close Briefly for PG&E Electric Transmission Safety Work

On Sunday (May 15), PG&E begins work in Castro Valley above and near Interstate 580 between Crow Canyon Road and Eden Canyon Road exits to make improvements of nearby electric transmission towers and power lines.

May 5, 2016

PG&E Upgrading Pit 1 Fall River Gates to Automated Control

PG&E will work mid-May through October to upgrade three gates of the Pit 1 Fall River gate structure to automated gates.

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May 3, 2016

VIDEO: Milestone as First PG&E Linemen Complete New Five-Year Training Program

After five years of hard work that included countless hours of training and learning about safety and the skills of their new craft, 28 PG&E employees achieved a major milestone as the first graduates of PG&E’s most comprehensive Apprentice Line Worker Program.

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