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Waiting for Drier Conditions

August 05, 2019

Today's blog post is the second of two recent examples of our Job Done Right safety culture focused on Team Situational Awareness and recognizing Weak Signals. 

A three-man manual crew, who often remove dangerous and hazardous trees, were working on a single-phase that runs through the backcountry of northern Ohio. The crew had successfully...

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Requesting an Outage

August 02, 2019

We often talk about and acknowledge that craftworkers, company-wide, make thousands of decisions each day, which lead to successful outcomes. It would be impossible to capture every one of these decisions; but, today's blog post is the first of two recent examples.

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Christopher Bostick Earns ISA Certified Arborist Designation

February 21, 2019

Chris Bostick, under the leadership of Supervisor Jason Leonard, recently demonstrated professional competency by successfully completing the ISA Certified Arborist examination administered through the International Society of Arboriculture local chapter MAC-ISA.

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Kudos to the D10 Transmission Team

January 25, 2019

I am proud to recognize that the Division 10 transmission team was able to complete a very successful 2018 by going the entirety of the year without an OSHA recordable injury. They were also able to complete all their regularly scheduled maintenance cycle work on time with fewer than five reworks, the Annual Inspection Program (AIP) ahead of...

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Storm Trouble: Helping A Local Non-Profit

January 04, 2019

A sunny, crisp, December morning greeted us. Trees and shrubs outlined by the white sparkles of heavy frost only early winter can deliver. It was going to be a good day for outdoor work, the kind when staying warm required only a few light layers once your body started moving. As the vegetation management crews moved their trucks into position...

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Operating Principle: Trustworthy

July 31, 2018

Being trustworthy is being able to be relied on to do, or provide, what is needed or right: deserving of trust. 

TRUST is the one thing that changes everything.

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A Tribute to Jim Stenger, CFO

March 22, 2018

When Jim began his career 50 years ago, the:

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average was 943 points
  • Average cost of a home was $4,344
  • Average rent was $130/month
  • Average income was $7,850
  • And a gallon of gas was $0.34
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Ten Ways to Achieve Zero Lost-time Incidents

February 13, 2018

As all of you know, I ask repeatedly, "What will you do today to achieve zero lost-time incidents?" This question isn't just for our vegetation management operations leadership and safety specialists, it's for the entire organization. We want you to be posing this to all of your team members and listening to their answers. We have an...

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Throwing Pennies in the Dark

December 11, 2017

As you know, we’ve all been tasked with achieving a goal of zero lost-time incidents. I believe that how we communicate can take us to zero. Right now, say you are in a meeting in Dallas. At this very moment, what are you doing to keep your vegetation management crews safe? Nothing. That’s why we need to continue to push the message down. And...

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A Perfect Match

November 06, 2017

When Debbie Felder met her husband Shawn in 1991, neither was thinking about each other’s kidneys. But when Shawn’s kidney disease worsened and he went on dialysis in 2012, Debbie decided to get tested to see if she would be a donor candidate. Eighteen vials of blood later and, against all odds, she learned that she was a perfect match.

Her...

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