Patty Garcia-Likens, SRP, (602) 236-2500,
Cell (602) 245-0047
February 7, 2018

SRP Offers Free Electric Safety Workshop

Event Helps Tree Workers, Landscapers, Excavators Avoid Danger

What: SRP is sponsoring a FREE Electric Safety Workshop to educate tree workers, landscapers, roofers, painters, scaffold workers and excavators on the potential hazards of working near overhead and underground electrical power lines and other utilities. Any individuals who work around utility lines are encouraged to attend the workshop, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, for their personal safety.

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Instruction will be in English and Spanish.

The event will include safety presentations on overhead and underground electrical, gas and other utilities including: Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, Blue Stake procedures, trenching and underground safety demonstrations, and live electrical demonstrations of what can happen when contact is made with power lines. The event will feature presentations by the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Public Safety and Asplundh Tree Expert Company. There will also be safety presentations including tree rescue, excavation, how to avoid electrocution as a result of downed lines involving a car accident.

Participants must be 18 years or older. The workshop includes lunch and a chance to win raffle prizes. Tree workers may be eligible for CEUs (A/U/T/M) from the International Society of Arboriculture.

When: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 24. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. at SRP’s PERA Club, 1 East Continental Drive in Tempe.

Why: Every year, professional tree trimmers, landscapers, roofers, painters and excavators are killed or seriously injured in tree-trimming and excavation accidents with electrical contact. Workers operate dangerous equipment and are vulnerable to serious injuries when working near overhead and underground electric lines and other utilities.