Electrical Safety

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August 20, 2014

Concord Employees Protect Public from Live Wire

Imagine going out for lunch, sitting down, and before taking a bite, you hear a loud noise outside. A large truck had hit a utility pole, causing a transformer to crash to the ground and leaving a live electrical wire dangling at the side of the pole. That experience recently happened to two PG&E office workers, who immediately took action to protect bystanders.

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July 25, 2014

A Private Person, PG&E Lineman Terry Washington Gains Celebrity Status in TV Ads

Customers ask PG&E’s Terry Washington to pose for pictures with them and his mother doesn’t have to wait in line at the DMV. Such are the perks for the Richmond lineman since he was featured in a PG&E TV commercial. As he describes,he’s had to get adjusted to all this attention.

July 23, 2014

Revenue Assurance Investigative Team Puts Focus on Safety

Tampering with PG&E equipment to steal electricity can pose a serious risk of fire and injury, which is why the revenue assurance team is working so hard to curb energy theft.

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July 15, 2014

Electrifying Whodunit: PG&E Protects Public by Investigating Mysteries of Downed Wires

If you’ve ever seen an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” then you’re probably familiar with the scenario: Forensic investigators solve crimes by examining the evidence. A team of PG&E detectives is doing just that, analyzing the reason for downed electric lines.

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July 3, 2014

PG&E Offers Tips to Help Celebrate 4th of July Safely

Customers are reminded to celebrate safely this Independence Day and take simple precautions for an enjoyable holiday weekend.

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May 2, 2014

Substation Maintenance Team Celebrates 25 Years Accident-Free

As 2013 came to an end, something special happened by what didn’t happen at Pismo Beach in San Luis Obispo County: The substation maintenance team celebrated its 25th year without an injury.

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November 7, 2013

Five Questions: PG&E’s Dasso on How Smart Grid Improvements Benefit Customers

Years ago, PG&E began developing new technologies that are now providing residential and business customers with safe, reliable and affordable electricity. In this Currents Q&A, PG&E’s Kevin Dasso — named a smart grid pioneer this week — talks about how the smart grid benefits customers and how the technology will evolve.

October 17, 2013

Hollister Electric Team Gets New Battery-Powered Tools of the Trade

The manual cutters that PG&E’s electric crews use are effective, but they require a lot of brawn — one hand gripping each handle while squeezing with all your might. Line workers are tough, but years of repetitive motion can lead to elbow and shoulder injuries for even the strongest employees. That’s why this week, the company began swapping out old cutters with new battery-operated power tools.

August 23, 2013

Commentary: Calling Ahead Before Digging is Vital Move

In this commentary, John Higgins, PG&E’s senior director of gas distribution maintenance and construction, and Renee Domingo, director of emergency services and homeland security for the city of Oakland, talk about the impact of excavation incidents and the importance of calling 811 before any digging project.

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August 22, 2013

Two-time Olympian Helps Promote Awareness of Calling 811 Before Digging

A two-time Olympian who almost didn’t get to achieve athletic glory due to a construction accident shared his story today at a 811 Safety Awareness for Excavators event in Bakersfield.

August 16, 2013

PG&E Reaches Out to Southeast Asian Communities

PG&E co-hosted a workshop for Fresno-area Southeast Asian communities on the utility’s financial assistance programs and how to save money on their utility bills.

August 14, 2013

Electric Workers to Compete for Spot in International Lineman’s Rodeo

This weekend, a group of PG&E line workers and apprentice line workers from throughout Northern and Central California will demonstrate the unique skills that provide safe and reliable electric service for millions of Californians.

August 8, 2013

PG&E Reminds Residents of Gas, Electric Safety at National Night Out Event

PG&E employees joined customers during Auburn’s National Night Out this week to talk about the importance of gas and electric safety.

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July 15, 2013

PG&E Partners with Yurok Tribe to Provide Electricity in Remote Humboldt County

In remote northern California, PG&E has been extending electricity in partnership with the Yurok tribe. As this Currents video story shows, 14 of 25 miles now have now been electrified. Tribe members talked about the benefits they’ve been experiencing.

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July 9, 2013

Longtime PG&E Lineman Still Abuzz with Energy

The Half Moon Bay Review spends the day with Ray Villa, a PG&E lineman with 44 years of experience. Reporter Mark Noack writes that “Villa is something of a one-man institution (who has) accrued a mental map of every transformer, utility pole and wire on the coast, usually with a personal story to pair with each.”

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