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It’s Spring, and a Farmer's Fancy Turns to Thoughts of Really Big Tractors!

Posted 4/1/2015

Ever larger farm machinery is increasing the frequency and expense of potentially serious contacts with power lines and poles in rural America.

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An AED True Story

Posted 4/1/2015

  "The morning was just like any other ordinary morning as my wife Rhonda and I headed off for work."

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New Year’s Resolutions -- Our Top Three Suggestions

Posted 1/1/2015

New Year’s Day is the traditional time for resolutions, usually aimed at self-improvement and often drawn from reflections on the past.

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Looking Forward to Backing Safely

Posted 1/1/2015

Backing accidents are among the most frequent types of vehicle accidents reported by utilities insured in this program. Many of these are minor, but certainly not all!

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Guns in the Workplace

Posted 7/1/2014

 


Editor's Note: Over the course of the past year or two there has been a sharp increase in the number of questions about firearms in the workplace put by members of this program. The questions have come from all sides of the issues, from how to bar all firearms from the work premises to how to decide where, when, and by whom arms should be permitted for protection. I have had a number of lengthy conversations with a fair number of utility employees, both with safety professionals in one-on-one meetings and with other employees during training sessions. As a result, I thought the time had come to seek some independent professional legal advice on this topic.

What follows below is an overview of the issues surrounding this topic, including a brief review of the applicable statutes, both Federal and State (where they exist) along with some comments on “best practices” in this area. This article was written by Mark Barber, a consulting attorney to the Hurtado & Associates Power Distribution Insurance Specialists program.


 

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A Way to Improve Your Inspection Programs

Posted 4/1/2014

Recently, during a consultation visit to a utility insured in this program, the discussion turned to inspections and the value that inspection visits can add to building a safety culture within a company. The Safety Officer I was visiting (I will call him “Mark”) articulated a particularly clear vision of the benefits that inspections can provide that went beyond what we usually hear. I thought it might be good to share this approach with everyone.

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Learning from Other People’s Experiences — The Less Costly Approach to Learning!

Posted 4/1/2014

The Hurtado & Associates Utility Insurance Program has been carefully designed to meet the needs of its varied members, with a wide range of coverages built-in or automatically included, and with the added ability to provide unusual coverages when they are needed. Throughout the decades that this program has existed it has been continuously improved as the needs of the group and the abilities of the insurance marketplace have evolved. Change, it seems, is the only constant in this business!

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NRECA EXPO 2014

Posted 4/1/2014

Since its founding, this program has supported it member cooperatives by attending the annual meeting vendor show, now known as the EXPO.

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Work Zone Safety - Traffic Control

Posted 1/1/2014

Line work is inherently risk-laden. Most work areas where line crews operate are “off site,” where exposures are more challenging to control.

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San Antonio Hosted 2013 Safety Summit

Posted 1/1/2014

Safety was in the spotlight this past October at the second ever NRECA Safety Leadership Summit in San Antonio.

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Combating the Costs of Too Little Sleep

Posted 10/1/2013

Did you know that nearly 4 out of 10 employees suffer from fatigue during their workday? 

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Teamwork Explained -- Five Lessons From Geese

Posted 10/1/2013

You have heard the expression “Silly as a goose.” Maybe geese are smarter than we think. 

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AEDs Revisited

Posted 7/1/2013

"It seems like a good time to revisit this topic and highlight a few developments."

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Vehicle Backing Incidents: How do Some Utilities Seem to Avoid Them?

Posted 7/1/2013

 "Sometimes when we review particular utilities’ loss runs there are no backing incidents to be found, not even when we look several years back. What explains this?"

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NRECA EXPO 2013; Updates From Chilly New Orleans

Posted 4/1/2013

"Hurtado & Associates has a long heritage of attendance at these annual events that dates back to 1976"

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News Flash -- Service Drop/Weatherhead Connections Don't Last Forever!

Posted 4/1/2013

Here’s another opportunity to learn for free a lesson that has already cost someone else.

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Outrigger Interlock Systems May Vary Considerably

Posted 1/1/2013

You will undoubtedly recall hearing me say that experience is the best teacher, but learning from other peoples’ experiences is far cheaper!"
Jan-Feb-Mar, 2013

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The New Website is Here, The New Website is Here!

Posted 1/1/2013

"The site seems more modern, simpler to grasp and navigate."
Jan-Feb-Mar, 2013

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Risk Management and the Smaller Company

Posted 10/1/2012

"There are unintended consequences of the way (Risk Management is) traditionally thought of in smaller companies."
Oct-Nov-Dec, 2012

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Copper Thefts and How to Deter Them

Posted 10/1/2012

"An effective response requires a multi-level effort"
Oct-Nov-Dec, 2012

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OSHA & MSDS Requirements: Easier Alternatives to the Big Binder!

Posted 7/1/2012

"Employers have options available that can eliminate the need to constantly maintain an MSDS reference binder."
Jul-Aug-Sep, 2012

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Smart Meters for Smart Consumers (Or Not); Some Silly Stuff with Serious Potential

Posted 7/1/2012

"A select group of consumers out there ... believe that your Smart Meters are spying on them."
Jul-Aug-Sep, 2012

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Cellular Phones and Drivers- The Latest News

Posted 4/1/2012

"Late last year the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration turned down an exemption request for co-ops and power companies from the new mobile phone rule. With this latest decision, it seems likely that everyone in this program will be addressing the issue."

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When is a Guideline More than a Guideline? A New Slant to Consider as You Plan Your Pole Inspections.

Posted 4/1/2012

"Every utility in this program should review its pole inspection program."

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Error, Outcomes, Costs, and Insurance Coverage- The Claim Check Covers Just the Tip of the Iceberg!

Posted 1/1/2012

"Doing things right the first time, every time, is the best way to limit costs."

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