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Expanding Safety beyond Prediction and Prevention to Preparedness

August 05, 2021

In late 2012, Anders Eugensson, the head of government affairs for Volvo Car Corporation, made the bold claim that Volvo would have zero deaths or injuries in its new cars as of 2020 thanks to smart functions in its vehicles.[1] In other words, Volvo was recognizing that accidents will continue to happen due to driver error, severe weather,...

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Next in Vegetation Management: Expanding Safety Maturity to Resilient

July 02, 2021

In early 2019, after years of challenging ourselves and deliberating the best way to inspire and measure a culture of safety, the UAA Safety Committee published a detailed, self-assessment tool that identified three broad categories that help define a safety culture (i.e., leadership, quality control and safety compliance) along with a series...

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Using Adaptive Capacity to Create Safety

December 15, 2020

When studying struck-by close calls, we discovered several recurring patterns. Commonalities in some of these close calls were crews working in remote areas who seldom asked for help, and over reliance on break cuts when other types of cuts would have been more effective. Why? Because crews were more comfortable with break cuts; they were their...

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Building Adaptive Capacity in Utility Vegetation Management

November 09, 2020

Our work environments are highly variable and include difficult terrains, changing and extreme weather conditions, myriad tree species/conditions, and energized lines

As most reading this can attest, for decades the traditional view of safety in the utility line clearance industry centered around defining and following policies and practices...

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Resilience Engineering and Human Performance

May 31, 2019

Early on, someone said to me “There are a hundred ways to take a tree down.” No two trees are the same. Landscapes differ. Weather conditions change. The level of experience and amount of training varies per crew member. There is not one best way to take a tree down. While these takeaways may seem obvious to the readers of this publication, the...

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