Electrical Safety


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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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May 3, 2016

PG&E Supports Metallic Balloon Safety Legislation

Breakfast in bed, macaroni necklaces, flowers and balloon bouquets may be popular gifts this Mother’s Day, but PG&E reminds customers that metallic balloons can cause power outages and pose a public safety risk. PG&E also joins other utilities in support of a bill that would ban metallic balloons.

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February 23, 2016

PG&E Takes Pride in Being a Community Helper

Preschoolers naturally think of nurses or police officers as community helpers. But a group of children in Bakersfield recently got to experience how PG&E troublemen help their communities, too.

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February 10, 2016

Oakland Lineman Marcus Jenkins Steps Up to Lead

Strong mentors helped PG&E lineman Marcus Jenkins get to where he is today. And now he’s passing on his knowledge to a new generation of line workers. Stepping up and personal responsibility are important to Jenkins, featured in PG&E’s new TV ad campaign.

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February 8, 2016

Fill the Air with Love on Valentine’s Day, Not Metallic Balloons

There are at least 370 reasons that balloons should be tied to a weight. That was the number of power outages in PG&E’s service territory in 2015 caused by untethered metallic balloons striking power lines.

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January 6, 2016

Amid Devastating Drought, PG&E Helping Ensure Safety in Forested Areas

Years of devastating drought have taken a heavy toll on the state’s forests. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Madera County community of Bass Lake where dead trees can cause power outages or become fuel for fires. As this video shows, PG&E is going to extraordinary lengths to protect the electrical infrastructure by removing the dead trees near power poles.

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December 23, 2015

PG&E Presents Tips to Wrap Up the Holiday Season Safely

PG&E wishes its customers a safe and happy holiday season. As festivities and parties culminate over the next several days, the company reminds the public to avoid holiday hazards.

December 11, 2015

PG&E Honors Seven Business Partners at 10th Annual Supplier Awards

PG&E’s supplier network consists of 4,000-plus companies, so the winners of PG&E’s annual Supplier Awards are in select company. The big award went to BARNARD Pipeline Inc., named the utility ‘s 2015 Supplier of the Year and Gas Operations Supplier of the Year.

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November 16, 2015

PG&E Linemen Walk Red Carpet with Travolta for ‘Life on the Line’ Premiere

A new movie about the life of line workers had its world premiere this past weekend in Napa County. And joining John Travolta for the unveiling were five PG&E linemen, who received praise from the movie star and a standing ovation from those in attendance.

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November 13, 2015

Smiles, Racecars and Safety On a Roll at PG&E and Sonoma Raceway Touch-A-Truck

Race cars, bucket trucks and tractors were just some of the vehicles that families and children could safely explore during the recent Touch-A-Truck event at Sonoma Raceway. As this video shows, the event gave children the opportunity to see, touch, sit in and explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery.

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October 26, 2015

IBEW, PG&E Representatives Traveling to South America to Teach Electric Line Work Safety

For his entire 35-year career, Bob Gerstle has worked to provide safe and reliable electricity to PG&E customers. This week, he’s joining other union members in lending his expertise to a tiny South American country so line workers there can do the same.

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