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Overhead and Underground Electrical Safety Workshop, Presented by SRP.

To help tree workers, landscapers, excavators, roofers, painters and other contractors stay safe around power lines, SRP will conduct a FREE electrical safety workshop.

February 25 from 6:30 am to 1:00 pm at the PERA Club in Tempe. Registration opens at 5:30 am, lunch is included.

Participants must be at least 18 years old. The workshop is limited to the first 400 people who register by February 16.

To register or for more information visit www.srpnet.com/safetyworkshop

UAA, EEI and Federal Land Agencies sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Vegetation Management for Powerline Rights-of-Way

Since 2013 the UAA has worked to update the expired MoU that existed between the various Federal land agencies and the EEI. The UAA signed the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and Environmental Protection Agency have joined the UAA and EEI in signing this MoU. (At his date EEI is in the process of signing).

The MoU does not have the weight of legislation or regulation but it establishes a basis for cooperation in an effort to provide better access to Federal lands by utilities for routine and emergency maintenance. It recognizes the need to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the planning and permitting process and commits both parties to working towards this end. The MoU commits the agencies, UAA and EEI to working with our regions/districts/members to ensure improvement is made in the field. It is also important to note that in the document all parties recognize integrated vegetation management (IVM) as the standard for maintenance of vegetation on utility corridors. IVM is the accepted best practice for effective control of incompatible vegetation and for achieving goals of controlling the spread of invasive species and promoting development of pollinator habitat.

Special thanks to a large team that has contributed to this effort over the years. These include: Anne Beard, Rick Johnstone, Andrew Rable, Derek Vannice, David Fleischner, Josiane Bonneau, Lorelei Phillips, Jim Downie, Mike Neal, Randy Miller, Travis Jones, Steve Tankersley, Steve Hallmark, Rick Loughery and Sarah Ball.

The MoU is available here to review

Wildlife Habitat Council 

The Wildlife Habitat Council highlights how companies are taking action to protect pollinators.This complimentary white paper will explain the issue of pollinators and their decline, and provide actions corporations can take to solve the problem.  

ITC, BG&E and PG&E are among those companies highlighted in this white paper. 

To read the article in full, please click here

Tree Care Accidents in 2016 reported on www.TCIA.org


  • 23 fatal
  • 14 serious
  • 6 rescue or non-serious


  • Struck by/against=18
  • Fall=13
  • Caught in/under=5
  • Electical=6

ISA Utility Specialist Certification – New Guide being finalized – HELP WANTED    

Randy Miller (Pacificorp) and Geoff Kemptner (Asplundh) wrote the new study guide and ISA is in the process of design, layout and production.

HI-RES PHOTOS NEED: if you have any of the following photos, please send to office@gotouaa.org with your name, contact information and a brief description of each photo.

 Chapter  Figure Wanted
 Electrical Knowledge  Electric generator
 Electrical Knowledge  3-Ø generator winding
 Electrical Knowledge  Steam turbine generator
 Electrical Knowledge  Wind turbine
 Electrical Knowledge  Airbrake switch
 Electrical Knowledge  Oil Switch
 IVM  Global positioning platform screen shot
 IVM  LiDAR screen shot
 IVM  Tree preservation zone
 Program Management  Gantt Chart - schedule screen shot
 Program Management  Vehicle Monitoring System screen shot
 Safety  Job briefing example
 Properly protected utility tree workers

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