Safety Meeting Topics

Training a Trainer for Success

A core belief of Executive Director Mack Turner's is that everyone deserves to be trained properly, especially in the powerline industry. Employers have an obligation to give their teams the tools they need to succeed. Often, though, people are asked to jump in and start training others, before they really understand what makes a good trainer to begin with! This is a great presentation for those interested in becoming trainers, or those who want to make sure they're being the best they can be!


Can Training and Accountability Reduce Incidents?

Whose responsibility is it that our employees are trained well? Who is accountable when something goes wrong? What's the difference in common sense and common knowledge? Take a closer look at your team's culture, and see what you're doing right, and what opportunities you have to improve, by going through this presentation with your team! Hosted by an inspiring leader, ISPC's Executive Director, Mack Turner, CUSP.


Alternative Use of Heavy Equipment–Lifts and OSHA

In this ECOS webinar, Jim Vaughn, CUSP discussed how important understanding the OSHA standards and guidelines are for using heavy equipment. Involved as a consultant in countless litigations, Jim will explain the letter of the law and how to keep your crews safe!


The Substation Craft

In another ECOS webinar, ISPC's Director of Operations, Mark Forster, CUSP discussed substations - his area of expertise. In this presentation, Mark covers what a substation is, how it operates, what substation workers actually do, substation hazards, safety, as well as grounding. 


How Employers Meet the OSHA Requirement to 'Demonstrate' Electrically Safe Conditions as Required in 1910.269

For this ECOS Lineman Safety National Webinar, ISPC's senior consultant Jim Vaughn, CUSP presented on OSHA requirements. Review this with your team and learn from Jim, the "encyclopedia of line work."


Electrical Hazard Awareness for the First Responder

Safety Management International's Project Manager, Tony Boyd, CUSP goes over the importance of electrical hazard awareness for the non-linemen out there, who may run into risky situations during storm recovery and other emergencies. This includes firemen, paramedics, police officers, and even volunteers. Understanding how to identify and mitigate electrical risks is critical to their safety and the public's, during events like hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, accidents, etc.


Changes in Personal Protective Grounding

We joined ECOS (Electric Culture of Safety) again, this time with Senior Consultant Dan Taylor, CUSP hosting another Lineman Safety National Webinar. You don't know what you don't know... and in our industry, as you all know, sometimes what you don't know CAN hurt you! Keep your focus on safety and share this video with your crew today.


A Leader's #1 Task

Mack Turner, CUSP, Executive Director of ISPC, joined ECOS (Electric Culture of Safety) to host a Lineman Safety National Webinar in 2023. As a leader, make sure you keep in mind what your TOP PRIORITY is, and ask yourself "Did I save a life today?"


Substation Construction Safety

This presentation will help participants gain knowledge about substation construction safety and be able to:

  • Apply standards and policies to the work area 
  • Identify basic components of a substation
  • Identify energized and non-energized components
  • Understand minimum approach distances
  • Know the requirements of barricading and barrier application

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Disaster Site Hazard Awareness

What a disaster! Or, is it? I’m not sure! What should I do? It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you don’t know something, you just don’t know. Disaster Site Hazard Awareness is a good tool to have under your hat.

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This is another OSHA required training that must be completed every two years. We are required to have in our possession a current CPR card. With the continued improvements and or changes to CPR techniques, it is a must to keep up to date on our rescue skills.

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Fall Protection

It isn’t the fall that hurts, it’s the sudden stop. What can we do to prevent this law of gravity from hurting us? "Fall Protection is just for beginners, right?"  "We old hands don’t need it!" FAMOUS LAST WORDS! We are ALL in need of fall protection in one form or other.

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Defensive Driving for Large Vehicles

What does “defensive driving” mean? As commercial drivers, we have a responsibility to the public to always operate our large vehicles in a safe and secure manner. With the changes in traffic, weather conditions, road conditions, and whatever else comes our way, we need to be prepared. We need to be defensive drivers.

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Digger Derrick Operator Training

Do we really have time for digger operator training? After all, time is money. With the rising costs of repairs, not to mention the down time, this makes the need for proper Digger Derrick Operator Training more important, not less. We can’t build power lines without diggers, nor can we keep them on the line without properly trained operators.

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Hot Line Tools

Have you ever wondered how many lineworkers were injured or killed over the years in the development of Hot Line Tools? Because of them, your jobs have been made easier and so much safer. What a wonderful invention hot line tools are. We should learn about and appreciate them every day.

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Electrical Safety for First Responders

First responders are all amazing people! They are the first ones to the scene of an accident, and they are usually the last ones to leave. What can we do to help keep them safe? This presentation is a must for all EMS personnel.

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The 'Intersect Method' of Hazard Analysis

This webinar introduces the participant to highly effective work-site hazard analysis using an ISPC original and proven model for Hazard Analysis known as ‘The Intersect’. The Intersect model is a simple to remember three-part process that can be employed in any workplace. The Intersect 3-part model is easily delivered to the workforce as an effective method of tailboard assessment of the real hazards that typically are overlooked. The webinar includes a more detailed look at effective hazard assessment for Safety personnel to give them additional effective skills in performing worksite assessments.


M.A.D. in T&D

This M.A.D. in T&D webinar clearly explains both the electrical concepts of ‘air’ as insulation and cover-up requirements related to Minimum Approach Distances as well as the OSHA rules for M.A.D. The session covers M.A.D. in distribution, transmission, and substations, and the related requirements for ‘insulation and isolation’ that are alternatives to, as well as part of, protecting qualified workers from electrical contact exposures.


Telecom Worker Electrical Awareness

The scope of this training course is designed for those who work on or near electrical hazards underground and on the pole. Electrical safety awareness, overhead distribution system recognition, pole climbing rescue, bucket truck rescue, minimum approach distances, and grounding principles will all be discussed. This one-hour webinar is reduced from a comprehensive three-hour session that also covers Arc Flash Hazard awareness, the NESC Part 4 work rules and electrical cover gear. Our three-day onsite training includes field training to enhance telecommunications workers’ understanding of the hazards encountered on the job.


Cable Splicing and Terminations

The scope of this course is designed to help those employees who work with underground cable, splicing, and terminating. This one-hour webinar explains cable layers, stresses, underground splices, and terminations.



Aerial Device Operator Training

OSHA requires this training be completed by every field employee prior to use. Once the bucket truck inspection is complete the new operators should be doing the pre-trip flight inspection. This accomplishes two things: First, the truck is field tested (a requirement), and second, the new operator becomes familiar with the truck and how the hydraulic system works.

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Field Care of Insulating Materials

Care of Insulating Materials what does that mean to you? Care of our rubber goods is one of the most important things we do everyday to keep us safe. Great habits that are developed as an apprentice lineman are essential to us. If we take care of our rubber goods they will take care of us.

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Alcohol Testing Requirements

With the growing use of alcohol in the work force the need to test is becoming more important every day. To the most part the only employee that has a problem with being tested for alcohol is the one with a problem. If there is a random alcohol testing policy in place this helps to eliminate alcohol use at work.

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Federal Motor Carriers Requirements

In 1966 when the Federal Motor Carrier bill was signed into law. It was recognized at that time the importance of protecting the public from the hazards associated with the trucking industry and all that goes with it. DOT requires us to know the Whats, the Whys, and the Hows.

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Lockout / Tagout

This video covers the effects of lockout /tagout in the electric utility industry. ISPC describes the clearance procedures from OSHA and the NESC. Specific procedures concerning training and the electrical hazards associated with making lines and equipment safe to work on are also covered. NESC language covers the designated person, the qualified person, affected employees, work permits and re-energizing circuits as well as restoration of lines and equipment.


Defensive Driving

Tony Boyd has exemplified and demonstrated defensive driving skills for over 30 years. He has conducted defensive driving classes for CMV drivers, taught new drivers how to pass the third party DOT test for CMV drivers. This video will help remind your drivers what is expected of each CMV driver, as well as drivers of personal vehicles on company time.


Heat Stress

Heat related injuries and illnesses are considered a hazard to powerline construction and maintenance workers.  These types of hazards are often ignored until a worker is injured or becomes ill from the heat induced hazards. This Safety Meeting Topic covers how to identify and mitigate the hazards of heat related injuries.

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Working Near Forklifts

Forklifts are commonly used in areas frequented by Line Crew workers. Forklifts are potential hazards to workers in its proximity. This program helps those working around forklifts to recognize hazards that may not be apparent and provides some important tips to those workers on how to stay safe.

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When to Use Flaggers - MUTCD Training

Work Zone Safety often requires the use of a qualified Flagger to help direct traffic and keep work zone workers safe. This program focuses on the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) guidelines in using Flaggers to enhance work zone safety.

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Standby Generator Safety

Stand-by generators are being used more and more by businesses and residences after a storm or other emergency damages an electric system and knocks out power. This program is designed to recognize hazards associated with adding a generation device to a facility that is currently connected to a power grid, how to avoid potential accidents and how to help protect lineworkers during outage repair situations.


Slips, Trips, and Falls

The U.S. Department of Labor says that slips, trips and falls account for the majority of general industry accidents, making up 15% of all accidental deaths and 17% of all disabling work injuries. This unit is designed to help the worker become more aware of slip, trip and falling hazards all around the work place and how to mitigate those hazards to lower the probability of becoming a victim to this most common of injuring incidents.

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Safe Bucket Truck Operations

If a bucket truck is misused or a failure occurs, an accident can happen. However, certain steps can be taken to minimize the possibility of a bucket truck related accident. This program focuses on inspecting equipment, planning jobs with safety in mind and on knowing and practicing the safety procedures critical in maintaining safety for both the operators and personnel on the ground. Sample

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OSHA Record Keeping

Federal regulations require that OSHA defined records be maintained for accidents, injuries and fatalities experienced by Line Crew workers on the job. This program describes those records and suggests what information is requested and how to record it properly.

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Proper Cover-Up Techniques Test

Covering up energized lines and equipment properly is critical to keeping Line Crew workers safe when doing ‘hot’ work. Many accident investigations conclude that adequate cover-up could have prevented the injury or fatality that had occurred. This ‘Test’ is a series of illustrations of structures, lines and equipment and asks the student to draw in what should be covered and to what extent. A recommended ‘Answer Key’ is provided.


Pre-Trip Inspection Training

Each day, bucket trucks, diggers and pole trailers should be checked for operating and road hazard safety. This program provides a clear and easy way to train drivers and operators in their responsibilities to inspect their over-the-road vehicles. Full color pictures show what to look for and simple to understand language explains how to do it.


Hazard Assessment and PPE Selection

An important part of any jobsite hazard assessment is then selecting the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the hazards identified.  This program focuses on evaluating jobsite hazards with a view to protecting parts of the body that could be harmed.  Then, various types of PPE are evaluated, with tips on how to select and use them effectively.


Personal Safety Tips

Troublemen and crew members are often expected to work in an around a customer’s property. Physical hazards may be encountered during these times, such as overgrown yards and lots, dogs or other animals and sometimes, the customers themselves. This video discusses some of the more common hazards lineworkers may encounter out in the community, doing their jobs, and how to prepare for and mitigate those hazards.

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Personal Protective Grounding

When Line Crew workers de-energize lines and equipment to work on them, the hazard remains that the lines and equipment could be accidentally re-energized while the workers are in contact with them. Personal protective grounding is a critically important safety practice, in these instances. This program describes and illustrates one approach, considered to be a very effective way to protect workers should lines and equipment accidentally become energized: the Equipotential Method.

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Ladder Safety

Portable ladders are one of the handiest, simplest tools we use. Because of their common usage, many people fail to recognize the hazards associated with using ladders. Planning and care are required to use ladders safely. This unit reviews the different types of ladders, proper inspection, their operating limits and the safety practices associated with using ladders at work.

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Hazard Communication

Chemicals in the workplace can present a significant hazard if mishandled or accidentally discharged into the environment. This program deals with identifying chemicals in the workplace, interpreting warning labels, understanding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS’s) and how Line Crew workers can protect themselves and respond to emergencies, if they occur.

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Hand Tool Safety

Hand tools are used extensively by Line Crew workers and are often overlooked when evaluating hazards in the workplace. When used properly, hand tools make the job easier and safer. When used improperly, hand tools can become the enemy. This program teaches proper hand tool use and how to avoid injury.

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Equipotential Grounding

Knowing how and when to ground lines and equipment is of critical safety importance to the lineworker when working around energized lines and equipment or on systems that are de-energized, but have the potential to become energized.

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Emergency Action Plans

Emergency Action Plans (EAP’s) are not just for workers in large plants. Mobile Line Crews should plan for emergencies too. In this program crew members will learn how to establish an EAP for each jobsite and tips on conducting an effective Pre-Job or ‘Tailgate’ meeting to communicate to all crew members what to do in an emergency.

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Driving with Cellphones

Over 204 million people in the U.S. use cell phones now, compared with about 109 million in 2011. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.Cellphone use is attributed as the cause of 26% the nation's car accidents. This can be an especially dangerous distraction when driving a DOT rated vehicle on public roads. This unit teaches the dangers associated with cell phone use while driving and provides some important tips to drivers.

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Defensive Driving

Most Line Crews rely on large, DOT regulated trucks to get them from jobsite to jobsite and back to the yard at the end of the day. Accidents involving these large vehicles are rarely minor. This program highlights typical driving hazards and potentially dangerous conditions, the importance of inspecting and maintaining the vehicle and safe vehicle operations on the road.

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Competent Trenching Safety

In most jobsite trenching situations, OSHA requires what is known as a Competent Person to be on-site assisting with the safe development, use and maintenance of trenches as well as the protection of all workers in and around a trench. This program helps to train workers to fulfill the role of the Competent Person at the trenching jobsite.

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Arc Flash Safety

Arc flash is a serious hazard that can be devastating to those exposed to it. This training focuses on the requirements of NFPA 70E and includes major sections such as: Causes of an Electrical Arc, Working on Energized Equipment, Safety Protection Procedures and Flash Hazard Analysis. Includes sample hand-outs.

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Fall Protection Harness

Current OSHA regulations require the use of a body harness while working from the aerial bucket of a bucket truck. The harness must also have a lanyard that is attached to a fixed point on the truck boom. This safety equipment provides an important level of fall protection for the worker in the bucket, but improper care, use, inspection and maintenance for the fall protection harness can compromise this safety factor. This Safety Meeting Topic discusses and illustrates how to properly use, inspect and maintain this important to maximize its safety features.

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