Top 6 Safety Technologies for Utility Construction
By John Rozum, ICUEE Show Director
Safety is critical in the construction industry because it is a high-risk workplace. The constant challenge for construction companies is to create and deliver effective safety training and stay up to date with the latest tools and technology.
The traditional way of handling safety training (classroom instruction) does not take into account the natural learning style of construction workers. It is more effective to provide hands-on training.
In-the-Field Safety Training
At the upcoming ICUEE, October 1-3, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, we will be conducting an “in-the-field” safety training. We know your time is limited, so we are bringing education to the show floor. Walking classrooms will use the show floor to provide an overview of topics, including discussions on how new equipment and technology can help keep workers safe.
Here are some of the top construction safety technologies to keep an eye on during these sessions:
Wearables and Embedded Technology: This involves attaching various types of mobile electronics and embedded sensors to the body and personal protective equipment for a wide variety of purposes, including proximity detection; ergonomics; and monitoring of fatigue, overexertion, and stress levels.
“Internet of Things”: By combining the real-time data generated by wearables, embedded technology and GPS tracking with the internet of things, big data can be used to monitor and measure many safety performance metrics.
Enterprise Solutions: These are designed to integrate multiple facets of job site safety through real-time interchange of information from “connected” workers and a “connected” job site. Additionally, worker productivity increases due to the continuous interaction between the environment, information and workers.
Collision Avoidance Systems: Technologies will continue to evolve and improve construction equipment safety. These include blind-spot coverage, proximity detection alerts, detecting the presence of workers, collision avoidance systems, and systems that monitor equipment operators and keep a record of their performance.
Micro Learning: This involves breaking down information into compact, focused learning segments – usually three to five minutes long – designed to meet a specific learning outcome. The trainings, viewed on a smartphone or tablet in the field, are easier to process, and knowledge retention is increased.
Mobile applications are making it easier to get safety training and information to workers, and they help safety managers be more efficient and productive.
Learn More at ICUEE 2019
Capitalize on your time at ICUEE by participating in convenient and relevant education sessions. We offer a variety of formats and topics to help you develop and learn about the latest technologies and hear recommendations from experts. To register for ICUEE and take advantage of the full education schedule, visit www.icuee.com/visit/registration-and-pricing
Terex Puts a PAL in the Bucket for Lineworkers: ICUEE Exhibitor Spotlight
By Joe Caywood, director of marketing, Terex Utilities
Cass County Electric Cooperative serves more than 50,000 members in 10 counties in southeastern North Dakota. The electric co-op maintains a fleet of more than 100 pieces of equipment, including about nine digger derricks and 13 aerial devices manufactured by Terex Utilities. Most of their aerial devices are under 50-foot platform heights, frequently used for servicing nearly 3,000 miles of overhead lines.
“In August 2018, we were contacted by Terex Utilities to see if we would be interested in piloting the new positive attachment lanyard device,” said Steve Cossette, fleet supervisor for Cass County Electric Cooperative. The warning system is designed to reduce the chance of an operator elevating the bucket without a safety harness lanyard attached.
“Terex Utilities has a history of pioneering innovations in the utility market. The Positive Attachment Lanyard (PAL) device is one such example,” said Ted Barron, vertical market manager for Terex Utilities. By involving Cass County Electric Cooperative in giving user-focused feedback early in the process, Terex Utilities was able to be nimble in the product development of the PAL device, he explained. “We engaged with Cass County Electric Cooperative through the various stages of the development, which allowed us to test how it supports safe work practices in the field.”
Several of the co-op’s core values, including safety and innovation, align with the principle behind the new PAL device, which was installed on one of Cass County’s LT40 telescopic aerial devices.
“We continually make investments in safety. It’s our top priority,” said Jodi Bullinger, vice president of engineering and operations for Cass County Electric Cooperative. “The attachment system offered us another tool in our tool box” to remind lineworkers to follow safety protocols, explained Bullinger.
The electric co-op has a policy of 100 percent tie-off in aerial devices, but sometimes a worker might be focused on the work at hand. On the off chance that he or she forgets to clip into the harness, an alarm sounds as a reminder.
“I like that the device is easy to use. It’s not bulky and doesn’t require any extra equipment to deploy,” said Mike Mahlke, a Cass County lineman who used the PAL device over a period of about six months. “When you are called to work in the middle of the night and focused on urgent work to be done, you might forget to clip in. This is a great reminder to properly use fall protection,” he said.
Barron further explained that feedback from Terex Utilities customers contributed to the development of the PAL device. When talking to customers, their response was that most of the time when a worker fails to attach the lanyard, it’s an honest mistake.
“The worker was concentrating on the job and just forgot. We hope that linemen will consider the PAL device as a friendly reminder in the bucket. It’s there to promote safe work practices. Ultimately, we want to eliminate non-attachment events,” he said.
When considering the implementation of the PAL in their fleet, Bullinger said it was critical that the device be simple and not impede the work. “Because it is an integrated feature like a seatbelt in a car and it doesn’t prevent the bucket from moving, it got buy-in from the crew,” she said.
According to Terex Utilities’ research, a small percentage of operators intentionally attempt to thwart the system. To address this, Terex Utilities is working on developing a Smart PAL, one that uses telematics data to time- and date-stamp every lanyard attachment and detachment, as well as activation and deactivation of the boom. “In the future this information could be used for corrective behavior, as well as for determining utilization, in order to guide preventative maintenance and inspection,” said Barron.
Bullinger reported that it was more important to the co-op to get full support from their field workers to use the device, so they chose not to collect any data through telematics. In addition to using it in the field, Cass County Electric Cooperative also participated in several rounds of testing of the device with Terex Utilities. “It always worked as expected,” said Cossette.
PAL will be an available feature on Terex® Hi-Ranger™ LT40 aerial devices and XTPro Series Tree Trimmer trucks by ICUEE 2019. “Customer interest will determine how quickly we adopt the device to other Terex aerial device models, whether we will make it available as a retrofit to units in the field, and our adoption of it as a standard feature,” said Barron.
Terex LT units with the PAL option will be featured at the Terex booth, L316, during this year’s ICUEE event.
You can see the latest equipment and technology for the utility and construction industries at ICUEE – the Demo Expo, Oct. 1-3, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. Registration is now open.
CONNECTING UTILITY PROFESSIONALS FOR OVER 50 YEARS:
ICUEE Is Where You Need to Be
The International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), also known as the Demo Expo, will happen October 1-3, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Kentucky Exposition Center. ICUEE is the utility industry’s largest trade show, covering 28+ acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits and bringing together more than 18,000 utility professionals every two years.
ICUEE is expanding to nearly 1.3 million net square feet of exhibit space and welcoming an exciting lineup of top manufacturers and service providers, including Altec, Caterpillar Inc., CASE Construction, Charles Machine Works dba Ditch Witch, John Deere Power Systems, National Fleet Products, Prinoth, RazerLift, Safeguard Equipment, Sherp ATV, Vermeer Corp., and many more.
New registration options make it easier than ever to attend and take advantage of ICUEE’s exhibits of the latest utility and construction product innovations. Attendees will also find new education opportunities and the show’s signature equipment test drives and product demos.
Attendees are encouraged to register early to get the best rate and avoid the lines on-site. A new “deluxe” badge option includes access to select show education in addition to show admission. Register now through August 23 for the best savings on both general and deluxe badges.
After registering, be sure to book your hotel and travel accommodations. Visit the show website, icuee.com, for a variety of housing options, and check out the airline discounts being offered to ICUEE 2019 visitors. ICUEE offers complimentary hotel shuttle service between the show site and select official ICUEE 2019 hotels.
Education to Fit Your Needs
ICUEE 2019 offers attendees a variety of formats and topics to maximize their time on-site while sharpening their skills.
Sessions range from new disaster-readiness simulation labs to an expanded roster of show-floor field classrooms to new eat-and-learn workshops.
“ICUEE education sessions are a great way to conveniently ramp up the knowledge of your team,” said ICUEE Show Director John Rozum. “We’ve developed relevant programs and gathered leading experts to help you and your team stay informed and up to speed on the latest industry developments.”
As an added value, education participants earn Professional Development Hours credit. Attendees can also take advantage of industry certifications offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).
Your Guide to ICUEE 2019 Learning Opportunities
New Disaster Simulation Labs
When disasters and other crises occur, industry workers are often front-line responders. Desi Matel-Anderson, FEMA’s first and former chief innovation advisor, will lead new disaster simulation labs at ICUEE 2019.
Desi will help attendees explore needs and concepts to create tailored and innovative solutions to meet a variety of crisis needs. She uses a proprietary three-step design process to help organizations understand the core issues and needs that are not being optimally addressed in any given crisis, and become better prepared for sustainable resiliency.
Expanded Field Classrooms
We know attendees’ time is limited, so ICUEE uses “walking’’ classrooms on the show floor to provide a hands-on overview of topics geared to those new to the industry (or those wanting a refresher).
Field classroom topics include aerial devices, electric hazards and equipment, equipment hydraulics, fleet management equipment, horizontal directional drilling, safety, underground detection and marking, vacuum excavating, and workforce development.
New Eat-and-Learn Workshops
Grab a bite to eat during these learning opportunities at Tuesday lunch, Wednesday breakfast and/or Wednesday lunch sessions. Topics include the following:
* Drone Panel: Effective Applications in the Utility Industry
* The Business Model for Building and Maintaining a Smart Utility Infrastructure
* Workforce Development - Generational Story
What Else Is New?
Be on the lookout this summer for the show’s mobile app, which will sync to your show planner and include show maps and real-time show notifications.
In response to the call for more food options, watch for the new outdoor Food Court Patio in addition to the traditional indoor and outdoor food/beverage options.
Networking events include a return of the popular Bourbon, Beer & Bites reception at close of show Thursday, and a special concert downtown at Fourth Street Live! on Wednesday evening for all ICUEE attendees.
Specialized exhibit pavilions will feature fleet management and safety, plus a new Emerging Technologies Pavilion. The Emerging Technologies Pavilion is a response to attendee and exhibitor requests to bring together state-of-the art products and services that provide business-solution services, management tools, software, and related products and services.
Make a Plan
Use the show’s online planner and mobile app to check out who and what you want to see on-site.
Pre-show, check out the show’s online searchable Exhibitor Directory and use the My Show Planner feature for exhibitor meetings, demos, education sessions and networking events.
In addition, North American Oil & Gas Pipelines has partnered with ICUEE to help meet the challenges of the industry head-on with a new e-book. Topics in the book include:
* 2019 U.S. Pipeline and Distribution Market Outlook
* Miller Pipeline president talks about growing gas distribution industry
* Industry Outlook & Equipment needs survey findings
* Drones take natural gas pipeline inspections to a new level
* Insights and advice for equipment managers in the pipeline industry
* How Delta Daylighting uses vacuum excavators for pipeline integrity work
ICUEE is an international event, thanks to a global audience of public works and utility industry leaders from over 50 countries. We encourage visitors from overseas and anyone interested in global business connections to take advantage of ICUEE’s international services:
* Pre-Show Multilingual Assistance
* U.S. Visa Assistance and Invitation Letter Program
* Education and Training Opportunities
For additional information, our international attendees are encouraged to check out our international page at www.icuee.com/visit/international-visitors/.
Can’t-Miss Show Events:
ICUEE Live! at Fourth Street Live!
Wednesday, October 2 │7–11 p.m. │ Fourth Street Live!
Enjoy free music by two popular bands: The Louisville Crashers & Soul Circus
ICUEE Live! at Fourth Street Live!
Bourbon, Beer & Bites Reception
Thursday, October 3 │2–3:30 p.m. │North Lobby
Bourbon, Beer & Bites is a free reception that will feature bourbon tastings from distilleries located in Kentucky, beer samples from local breweries, and small bites of Kentucky-inspired cuisine.