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Fleet Guidelines and Safe Driving Revisited

Posted 4/1/2019

By R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

Fleet guidelines and safe driving have been discussed in past issues of this newsletter many times.

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Spring is in the Air; Paving Work is Close Behind

Posted 4/1/2019

By R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

In much of the country, spring is in the air, and that means that paving season is upon us.

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Property Values and Limits

Posted 12/31/2018

By R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

 

Here’s a quick reminder to check the values on your property schedules, and few other odds and ends too. 

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Wildfires Affect Every Utility

Posted 12/31/2018

By Jess A. Hurtado, Program Manager and R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

 

Wildfires are not just the "other guys" problem, they affect us all.  

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Utility Program News

Posted 12/31/2018

By R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

 

As I have discussed with several of you over the few past months, some tweaks have been planned for our safety consulting services and will take effect with the New Year of 2019. 

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It's About Good Business, Not Insurance Or Legal Defense!

Posted 7/1/2018

By Dean B. Wisecarver (Edited by R. Bruce Wright)

Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from an original post by our founder,
Dean B. Wisecarver, back in the October 2000 edition of RE-marks.
I thought it was worth lightly editing and revisiting.

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Understanding Voltage Fluctuation Claims -- Sometimes Things are not Black or White

Posted 7/1/2018

By R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

Voltage claims, also referred to as fluctuation claims, appliance claims, or electrical damage claims, are perhaps the most common type of claims utilities experience. They are frequent, and although often modest in cost, they can take up a great amount of time and effort to handle.

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Expo 2018 Nashville Notes

Posted 4/1/2018

By R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

This is a short note on something I noticed at this year’s annual convention, not an effort to recap the entire event, but just something that struck me that relates to some conversations I have had with Hurtado Program participants over the past few years.

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Hazard Identification, What Every Utility Employee Should Know

Posted 4/1/2018

By R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

"Everyone who works for you probably should have some training in how the distribution system works and how to spot at least basic defects or problems so they can report them to your service department."

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Workers’ Compensation Cost Control Levers You Can Pull!

Posted 1/1/2018

Sometimes company leaders may feel as though there is very little that they can do to control their company’s WC costs. The premium is what it is, and aside from encouraging workers to “be careful” there isn’t a lot they can do. This is simply not true! To see why, here’s a look at a selected few of the elements of cost that go into your WC premium, three specific things that you can control.

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Preventive Maintenance

Posted 1/1/2018

Preventive maintenance may appear to be a somewhat dull and mundane topic that everyone is all too well aware of, one that has been thoroughly discussed many times, a basic element of every power system, so what could be left to say on this subject that is new or interesting? Well, please don’t skip this article, since there are some valuable insights to be found by looking at events taking place regularly, in various areas across the country.

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Hurricane Report

Posted 10/1/2017

By R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

Disasters Bring out the true meaning of “cooperative.”

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Disaster Planning Revisited

Posted 9/14/2017

By R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

 

Perhaps you read this article, first published in January of 2001. Perhaps not. 

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Welding Safety Tips

Posted 7/1/2017

by R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

Welding is a common activity in the utility business, with many specific hazards to address.    

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Preventing Slips and Falls

Posted 7/1/2017

by R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

Common everyday exposures may lead to injuries more often than we give them credit for.

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A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

Posted 4/1/2017

By Robert Tutt, Black Warrior EMC

We learned a hard lesson about our new trailer. Maybe you can benefit from hearing what happened to us. 

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Rules and How to Make Them Work

Posted 4/1/2017

by R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

Our clients have often heard me ask, “How do you get a good idea off of the conference room table and into the field?” and “Why would anyone violate a safety rule that everyone says is a good one that they all agree with?”

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A Look Back, and Ahead, for New Year’s Day

Posted 12/31/2016

By R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

New Year’s Day is often a time for taking stock, making resolutions and looking ahead, a heavy lift indeed for a single day!

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Workers’ Compensation Cost Basics: Simplifying the Complex

Posted 12/31/2016

By R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

In a perfect world, there would be no employee injuries, but we don’t live in a perfect world, so injuries continue to occur and claims must be paid.

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Broadband & Fiber-optic Lines; a Pitfall For Utilities?

Posted 10/1/2016

Providing rural America with access to high-speed Internet connections is a hot topic these days. It has even been the subject of that least rural newspaper, The New York Times! (To read that article, you can click here.) But before signaling full speed ahead, it may be a good idea to look for potential pitfalls lurking on the path to a high-speed, Internet-connected future.

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Is Your Website ADA Compliant? Think This is a Joke? (Better Read On.)

Posted 10/1/2016

Has your utility been on the receiving end of a demand letter regarding your Website’s compliance with the ADA? Several have, so even if you haven’t gotten one, you may have heard about it from others through the grapevine, or at meetings or other gatherings of utility personnel. Pretty much everyone who has heard of this issue has had a similar, if unprintable, reaction. So what’s going on here?

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Drone Rules, Now Updated, Leave Many Questions Up in the Air!

Posted 7/1/2016

R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration finally issued rules on the operation of drones by private operators. The new rules landed with the impact of a falling feather, but at least they are a start.

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A Walk Down Memory Lane - Is Nostalgia What It Used To Be?

Posted 7/1/2016

R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

Not long ago I was visiting a rural power distribution utility in our program and I had the opportunity to meet the new, young GM for the first time. He told me about his first full year in the position, about coming in from the outside the company, outside the industry, and about his experiences in the process. As our conversation progressed through the familiar elements of their safety program I was struck by how much has changed since I first started working with this group of utilities back in the Dark Ages, or more specifically, in the late 1970s. 

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Drones are coming, drones are coming!

Posted 4/1/2016

R. Bruce Wright, CPCU

(Actually, they are already here.)

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Weed eaters and fiberglass security light poles don’t get along!

Posted 4/1/2016

by David Akin—Safety and Training Coordinator with EMEPA 

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