TRAINING OF CONSTRUCTION PERSONNEL
Several incidents have occurred which emphasize the need for greater coordination
between construction and O&M forces. Close coordination of these activities is
essential for the safety of personnel, protection of our facilities, and uninterrupted
operation of facilities. Responsibility for coordinating these activities rests equally on
construction and O&M supervisors.
Reclamation requirements and procedures relating to such activities are available in
the following publications:
Construction Safety Standards
Standard Specifications Paragraph C-250, Safety Precautions in Energized
Substations and Switchyards, including Special Work Permit, PO&M 169
FIST Vol. 1.1, Power System Clearance Procedure
Reclamation O&M Safety Standards
Comprehensive Construction Training Program
These publications are readily available, and personnel are generally acquainted with
the procedures and safety requirements pertaining to their respective operations.
However, it is evident, in reviewing the incidents which have occurred, that construction
and O&M personnel are not always knowledgeable of the operation procedures and
safety provisions pertaining to work performed by others which can and often do affect
their own activities. An example is the power system clearance procedures, covered
in FIST Vol. 1.1. Construction personnel engaged in work on, or adjacent, to energized
facilities are required by Section 28 of the Reclamation Construction Safety Standards
to be familiar with these procedures in order to coordinate their activities with O&M
and to carry, on the construction with optimum safety.