August 2021 Winners
ULCS is having a Line of Fire (LoF) Hazard Recognition contest across all regions. Employees are turning in line of fire hazards they are finding on their jobsites and how they are mitigating the hazard. During July, the first month of the contest, we had 76 submissions from our employees. In August, we had 206 submissions from our employees.
While loading poles from the pile, the crew attached a chain at the balance point to be loaded onto the pole trailer. After the chain was attached and ready to be lifted, one crew member realized the winch rope was not directly over the load and was at a harsh angle toward the line truck. In between the line truck and the attached pole was another member of the crew. The crew member that noticed the potential hazard stopped the operator and instructed the crew member in the line of fire to vacate the area between the two objects.
Thanks to the All Stop called by this crew member, no one was hurt. In the future, the crew plans to make sure the spotter lets the operator know if they are over the load so it can be lifted correctly, and if any adjustment needs to be made before continuing with the list.
Pictured are the winners of the August LoF contest: Foreperson Justin Quillen, Lineworker Jimmy Carter, Lineworker Brent Blanton and Apprentice Dustin Beckelheimer from John McGrory’s Region in Florida. The employees received safety items and a ULCS ORCA cooler for winning. Thank you for making your jobsites safe!
Pictured (L-R): Foreperson Justin Quillen, Lineworker Jimmy Carter, Lineworker Brent Blanton, Apprentice Dustin Beckelheimer and Manager John McGrory.