When you hear it, it is a distinct buzzing sound. It is a little louder than a bee buzzing nearby. If you look up, you might find it – a drone flying overhead. This equipment is no longer just for hobbyists, it has become an intricate tool used by electric utilities to increase safety and grid resiliency. Hoosier Energy is using this equipment for monitoring rights-of-way and powerlines that can transmit up to 345kV of energy. This improves safety, reduces response time and saves money.
When asked to use a No. 2 pencil, fill circles completely and make no stray marks on the form, these instructions are likely to bring back memories of school years when scantron technology was used for testing. Merom Generating Station’s Job Safety Observation Team is utilizing scantron technology in a new way.
When Matt Figg trained as a control operator at Merom Generating Station, he stood at a tapered bench board covered with pistol grips, switches and buttons and looked at a giant wall of lights, gauges and paper charts. To prepare for future situations, Figg would run actions through his mind – turn this switch, push that button.
During safety week at the Merom Generating Station, keynote speaker Garrison Wynn explained a process that helps communicate effectively and improve an organization’s performance. It all starts with a strong safety culture.
The health and safety fair at the Merom Generating Station showcases some of the great benefits Hoosier Energy offers.
Hoosier Energy presented $5,000 to the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council to help fund enhancements at the North Lawrence Career Center located in Bedford, Ind. CoBank, a national cooperative bank, matched Hoosier Energy’s investment with an additional $5,000 through its Sharing Success Matching Grant program.
This month’s cover story connects to Hoosier Energy’s commitment to be “Safe by Choice.” The continuous improvements made to safety processes is a vital component of operations.
To support natural disaster awareness and readiness, the Hoosier Energy’s Apprenticeship Training and Safety (HEATS) program helps co-op employees prepare for natural disasters that can affect the delivery of electricity such as ice storms, tornadoes and flooding.
The Hoosier Energy Apprentice Training and Safety (HEATS) program honored the 39th graduating class on Nov. 2 at the French Lick Resort.
The keynote speaker at this year’s Merom Safety Week travels the continent to discuss a topic close to his life. Joel Feldman, has been a lawyer for 37 years but his topic was not about lawsuits. Nine years ago, Feldman lost his 21 year-old daughter to a distracted driver.