Electrical Safety


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November 28, 2016

With a Focus on Local Response, PG&E Prepares for Winter Storm Season

With winter storm season fast approaching, PG&E is using new tools, technologies and restoration capabilities to localize response across the company’s 70,000-square-mile service area with the goal of minimizing outages.

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October 31, 2016

PG&E Calibration Team Ensures Tools Measure Up

Behind every measurement is a tool. And at PG&E, there are a lot of tools — an estimated 30,000 in all. Whether they’re on trucks or on tool belts, they help the company provide safe and reliable energy. As this video shows, a calibration team in San Ramon ensures the tools accurately measure what they’re supposed to measure.

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October 25, 2016

PG&E Graduates New Class of Linemen and Cable Splicers

Marc Hockenberger celebrated a career milestone at PG&E with two families. Hockenberger brought his wife, Tiffany, to his graduation from apprentice to journeyman lineman. And he watched as his family of classmates took to the stage one by one to receive recognition for finishing PG&E’s rigorous, five-year apprenticeship.

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October 13, 2016

As Early-Season Storms Approach, PG&E Urges Customers to Stay Safe and Be Prepared

As the first storm of the season moves toward Northern and Central California packing rain and gusty winds, PG&E was hard at work preparing for the storm.

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September 26, 2016

VIDEO: After Dead Trees Come Down, PG&E Starts Hauling Them Away

In Tuolumne County, PG&E is hauling away dead trees that could become fuel for wildfires. The program, available in counties hardest hit by tree mortality, removes wood that might be used for lumber, animal bed shavings or processed into biomass chips to generate renewable power.

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August 30, 2016

John Parks’ Final Field Visit: How Safety Defined a 38-Year Career at PG&E

At a PG&E equipment yard in Placer County, PG&E’s senior director of electric transmission, stands in a circle with a crew of 15 linemen and their supervisors as they listen to a safety tailboard that launches a day of replacing transmission poles. The half-hour tailboard draws praise from John Parks for its attention to safety. It’s safety, after all, that would come to define his career as a PG&E leader.

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August 29, 2016

PG&E Joins California Day of Preparedness

With food trucks, a mascot and costumed cowboys, the 11th annual California Day of Preparedness in Old Sacramento felt like a summer festival. But behind the fun was a serious message: Disasters or emergencies can strike at any time so you need to be prepared.

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.

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