Staying Safe Around Electricity – May 2019 CEO Message

Daniel Carlisle

Here at Todd-Wadena, electrical safety is a top priority year-round. We are committed to keeping our employees, members, and the public safe. To recognize this ongoing commitment to safety and to bring additional awareness about safety-related issues, we celebrate Electrical Safety Month each May.

Heading into storm season this spring, it is important to remember to stay safe around downed electric lines. If you see a line on the ground, always assume the line is energized and dangerous. Please contact us immediately if you come across a downed line or notice any other electrical safety hazard.

Working around electricity can be dangerous, which is why we prioritize a culture of safety here at the cooperative. We follow national safety best practices for the utility industry. Our lineworkers are required to wear specialized equipment to keep them safe when working next to or with power lines. Delivering affordable and reliable electricity to our members is important, but even more important is making sure our workers return home safely at the end of the day. To do this requires ongoing training and vigilance.

You can do your part by helping to keep our crews safe when they are out working near roadways. Please slow down and, if possible, move over when you see our crews on the side of the road. Minnesota legislation requires that drivers slow down, maintain a safe speed for traffic conditions, and operate the vehicle at a reduced speed until safely past parked utility or emergency vehicles.

Have a safe and enjoyable spring!