Electrical Safety


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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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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.

"PG&E" refers to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation.
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