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Crewmen converged at the training grounds at Owen Electric Cooperative’s headquarters for the annual Safety Day Wednesday.
Safety Day is coordinated by safety manager Tony Dempsey and utilizes the assistance of instructors from Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives based in Louisville and other co-ops, including Clark Energy in Winchester.
“This hands-on safety training provides an excellent opportunity to practice several different techniques like pole-top-rescue, bucket rescue, confined space rescue, and bucket escape. They’re all skills that we hope we never have to use in a real life situation, but we have to be prepared to do so should that situation arise,” Dempsey said. “Our line of work presents a variety of possible scenarios that would necessitate a rescue by a co-worker. A heart attack while climbing a pole, or heat exhaustion in a bucket truck are just a couple of examples where these skills would be needed.”
Several vendors with line work tools and safety equipment set up and spoke with training participants throughout the day. PHI Medical Services flew in to the Owen Electric headquarters and spoke on how to effectively air evacuate an emergency victim, should it be necessary.
The annual Safety Day is one of several safety trainings Owen Electric requires its employees to attend each year. The training requires active participation and simulations.
“Listening to a speaker or reading from a manual about what to do in emergency situations isn’t enough —we can’t just know what to do, we have to practice it.” Dempsey said.