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Attentiveness Pays Off

June 01, 2021

During Hurricane Laura storm restoration in Lake Charles, Louisiana, one of our crews deployed from Florida was heading to a job location when a crew member noticed an elderly gentlemen alone by the side of the road. His wheelchair had tilted over, and he had landed in a watery ditch. His face was resting in the water and he was unable to get...

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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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Scan & Focus

September 30, 2020

Have you ever seen the episode of The Simpsons when Ned Flanders is discussing the difference between apple cider and apple juice? Homer’s brain floats away saying, “You can stay but I’m leaving.” We can all relate. When our brains get bored, we zone out. That’s why, at Lewis, we’re learning a situational awareness tool called “scan and focus.”

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Using Safety Data to Improve Learning

July 27, 2020

“It was 4:30 in the afternoon on nice, sunny day. Our crew had performed regular trimming on multiple oak trees around a three phase and was stacking brush while getting ready to shut down for the day. One of the crew members went to remove the drop zone cones when all the sudden he heard the sound of a limb slam on the ground. The employee was...

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Engage the Uns

September 19, 2019

We’ve been trained for decades to do a thorough pre-task brief focused on identifying and managing every risk. While this is a good practice, there’s one, major problem: vegetation management is complex and highly variable. We’re lacking the certainty that can be found in routine environments.

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