The safety and training conference kicked off at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Overland Park, Kansas, Convention Center.
Triumph Over Tragedy
Lee Shelby, a lineman from Tennessee, lost both of his hands in an electrical burn accident.
Lee Shelby shared his story to help encourage linemen to stay safe in the field and not take shortcuts or violate safety rules.
Dr. Richard Korentager, MD, FACS, Burn & Wound Surgery, University of Kansas Medical, said 4.3 percent of burn admissions are related to electrical injuries.
Electrical burns are often fourth degree burns and must be treated in a verified burn unit.
Boom Inspections From an Operator's Perspective
Darin Hinnergardt of Altec Industries teaches the linemen about the importance of inspecting aerial equipment.
Read the Safety Decals
Linemen must read and abide by the safety decals on aerial equipment, says Hinnergardt of Altec.
What to Look For
During an inspection, linemen must make sure the tire pressure is adequate, there are no missing C clips or pedestal bolts, and the hoses and tubes are not leaking on their aerial devices. Also they should wear fall protection when working in a bucket.
Vic Taylor of Kansas City Power & Light is managing this year's safety conference.
Identifying Hazards Before
Marc Yeaston stressed the importance of identifying hazards for pre-job briefings during his presentation to about 200 linemen at the 2016 safety conference.
Linemen create a safe work environment by adapting to changes and avoiding hazards. Safety is not simply an outcome.
Words of wisdom from Marc Yeaston
Health and Wellness
Linemen can suffer from pain and discomfort unless they practice stretching before working in the field, said Tony Kaczowski, president of InSite Health. During his session, linemen had an opportunity to practice stretching.
Stretching can prevent injuries in line work.
A Good Crowd
About 200 linemen listened intently to several beneficial safety presentations, including preventing and treating burns, planning, and self defense.