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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

United Illuminating Demonstrates Safety Procedures For Chinese Visitors

A delegation of Chinese safety experts came to Connecticut Friday to see how United Illuminating line crews are able to make repairs to energized overhead electric wires carrying 13,800 volts of electricity.

The demonstration occurred on the Boston Post Road in downtown Fairfield. A portion of the demonstration is shown in the contributed photo at left.
In China, such work is often performed on lines that have been de-energized, according to UI officials. That means customers lose service while the work is being done.
The Chinese task force included safety officials representing a collection of governmental, industrial and utility groups who are participating in an informational tour to observe U.S. safety practices. The visit was arranged in part by Terex Corp., the Westport-based company that makes the bucket trucks that UI line crews use to reach overhead wires.
 “With the recent expansion of the Chinese economy, the need to provide reliable energy to the businesses, hospitals and other power-critical customers becomes greater, as does the need to do hot-line work which requires the proper training, tools and work policies to do it safely,” Jim Lohan, vice president for sales at Terex’s utilities division, said in a statement.

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