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Free Seminar on the Dangers of Working Around High Volts and Lockout/Tagout

April 14, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO/SAN JOSE – State Compensation Insurance Fund and the California Utility Public Safety Alliance will jointly sponsor a safety seminar entitled ‘Perils of Working Around 480 Volts and Lockout/Tagout’ in San Jose on April 18, 2008. The 90-minute presentation – free of charge – is tailored to apprentices and journey-level workers in general industry, agriculture, and construction.

Electrical burn injuries are devastating to workers, their families, and the companies that are involved. In order to prevent serious injuries, employees working around power lines need to follow safe practices and procedures to identify these hazards in advance.

Speakers for the first half of the presentation include Ben Dreese, Senior Electric Distribution Specialist, and Steve Miramontes, Safety Program Consultant from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).  Also speaking will be Andria Booth, RN, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Burn Care Unit, who will discusses burn injuries, treatment, and recovery.

The second part of the seminar will explore ‘lockout/tagout’ – accidents that occur when machinery is accidentally turned on during repairs, maintenance, adjustments, or cleaning. These accidents also occur when employees try to clear materials from the machinery without using proper energy control procedures. Seminar speaker for this segment is State Fund Senior Loss Control Consultant Monika Maier who discuss the following topics:

  • The types of energy that need a hazardous energy control procedure
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3314
  • How to implement an energy control plan for machinery or equipment at the worksite
  • How to educate authorized and affected employees on an energy control plan, as well as contractors entering your company worksite

The seminar - 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - will be held at State Fund’s San Jose District Office, 6203 San Ignacio Avenue on Friday, April 18. Registration and a free continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Parking is free. Register online or call Mathew Fears at (408) 363-7442 or send a fax to (408) 574-6557. To register by email, please email:

The San Jose seminar is part of a series of educational programs State Fund is holding throughout the state to help employers create safe workplaces. State Fund has the largest safety and health services program among California workers’ compensation insurance carriers.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Headquartered in San Francisco, State Compensation Insurance Fund is California’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance with approximately 200,000 policyholders. Established by the Legislature in 1914, State Fund is a nonprofit, self-supporting, fairly competitive public enterprise that serves a dual role as both a market of choice and the safety net for California employers seeking workers’ compensation insurance.

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