Local officials treated to live line demo
To celebrate Lineworker Appreciation Day on July 10, corporate communications is sharing the following article, which was written by Shaun Robinson of the Patriot-Ledger. It appeared at www.enterprisenews.com on Sept. 25, 2019. The full story with photos can be found here.
ROCKLAND — With fall cleaning around the corner and the first winter storms not far away, the electrical company National Grid held a series of training sessions in Rockland this week to show local public services workers how to stay safe around live power lines.
Town officials from Rockland, Abington, Hanover and Norwell attended one of four sessions led over Tuesday and Wednesday by National Grid technicians at the Rockland Department of Public Works, which is on Market Street.
The technicians repeated the phrase, “treat every wire down as if it’s live,” and encouraged town officials to call the power company any time they encounter a line on the ground.
“The main thing we can say here is safety. We want you to go home the way you came in,” said Mark Ennis, a National Grid crew leader.
The technicians showed how the primary, or main, wire on a power line carries 8,000 volts of electricity. That much power can char a hot dog, they said — the equivalent of a human finger — or create a flame that tears through rubber safety gloves and firefighting gear.
And anything that touches a live wire, such as a ladder or fence, can be dangerous as well. If someone is cleaning leaves out of their gutters and their ladder gets too close to a power line, the consequences can be disastrous, the technicians said.
“If you see something like that, call local police, call the electrical company so we can come in and make the situation safe,” Ennis said.
Andrew Kenn, a Rockland Water Department worker, said after the demonstration that given how often he and his colleagues work around live wires, it’s important to know the best safety practices.