Category Archives: Safety

Delta Substation Security

Substation Security

After you’ve constructed a power substation, how do you safeguard that investment?

Substations are commonly located in remote areas, making them even more susceptible to malicious activity and accidents. Safety and security breaches at a substation can be extremely costly—and even deadly.

Threats to Substations

Common threats to substations include:

  • Copper theft
    Thieves will go to great lengths to steal this valuable metal. Since copper is used in critical elements of a substation, copper theft can cause downtime and expensive repairs. Thieves also put themselves in great danger, accessing high-voltage areas with bolt cutters that could clip an active wire.
  • Malicious attacks
    Snipers and hackers have attacked substations with gunfire and cyber terrorism. These incidents have caused government agencies to emphasize the importance of protecting our nation’s infrastructure and power grid.
  • Wildlife
    Birds of prey such as eagles and osprey like to build their nests on tall structures. When these nests are built on substations, the birds are at risk of harming themselves and causing power outages. It requires the cooperation of wildlife officials and utility personnel to safely remove the nests, which can be up to 3 feet wide.

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Electrical Safety Drones

Flying Drones to Increase Safety

Electrical Safety Drones

Our industry is always seeking innovative ways to reduce risks and hazards while also improving the reliability of our electric grid.

It’s not a bird…It’s not a plane…It’s a drone!

In 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the first energy company, ComEd, to operationally pilot unmanned aircraft systems. The ComEd program has successfully launched more than 250 drone flights, and it continues to expand. By 2020, ComEd anticipates having a fully operational drone program with expanded flight mission capabilities.

Exelon, one of Delta’s main customers, has also invested in the use of drones to raise their safety performance. Their mid-Atlantic utilities, including BGE and PECO, are developing pilot programs to incorporate drone technologies into their everyday operations.

Benefits of the Drone Program

Instead of having to climb tall structures or energized equipment to maintain power lines, workers can use drones to capture system images. The aerial perspective and high-resolution images from drones provide benefits such as:

  • Mitigating injury risk for line workers on dangerous terrain
  • Analyzing storm damage in locations that might be inaccessible
  • Minimizing planned power outages by capturing images of energized equipment while they are running

Technology Advancements for Utilities

With technology continuing to advance, drones can eventually replace other aerial imaging sources such as helicopters. Whereas helicopters might harm the surrounding environment due to their size and wind power, drones minimally impact the environment.

Utilities are also forming 3D maps with hyperspectral imaging and LiDAR technology. This allows them to assess potential risks of the local landscape and vegetation, helping to preserve natural habitats and species.

Delta is excited about our industry’s use of advance technologies to provide a safer environment for our workers and to produce energy more efficiently for our customers.

National Electrical Safety Month

National Electrical Safety Month

National Electrical Safety Month

Every day, safety is a top priority for electric utilities around the country. During the month of May in particular, our industry highlights the importance of safety precautions.

Creating Buzz About Electrical Safety

Utilities are using social media and community events to increase awareness about electrical safety. They educate customers about driving safely in work zones to protect linemen, not overloading outlets, and avoiding power lines. Children are also learning safety tips when linemen visit their schools to talk with them.

Electrical Safety During National Disasters

This campaign is led by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). The nonprofit organization is dedicated to promoting electrical safety in homes, schools, and offices. The 2019 theme is “Electrical Safety During National Disasters.” It’s an opportunity to focus on how to prepare for and rebuild after natural disasters.

ESFI provides important safety reminders such as:

  • Before the storm hits, make sure to charge all phones and other communication devices. Then, unplug all electronics, and move them as high as possible to avoid water damage from flooding.
  • Turn off the main power breaker feeding the home to prevent any surges to the wiring and equipment.
  • After the storm blows through, avoid flooded areas, as they may be electrified.
  • Do not use any electrical equipment or electronics if they’ve been submerged.
  • If you encounter a fallen power line outside, stay at least 35 feet away.

Delta Holds A+ Rating in Safety

At Delta Utility Services, our experienced crews not only provide superior workmanship, but also succeed in maintaining an impeccable safety record. We proudly hold an “A+” rating with ISNetworld.

Work Boot Program

In January 2017 Delta renewed its commitment to workplace safety with new boots.

“As in years past,” said President Amy Burns, “we celebrate the opportunity to serve the people who matter most—our employees.”

This year many have expressed thanks for the continued support. It continues because this generation of leaders has had the experience needed to stay focused on people.

Stephen Burns remarked, “As someone who has stood on a ladder for ten hours a day, I appreciate the comfort of new boots.”

Delta plans to continue the tradition starting again next January. Delta has held this tradition since 2003.