For their safety, lineworkers need to know how to inspect and care for the tools and equipment they use every day. Understanding the routine tests that are periodically performed on protective equipment enables lineworkers to have confidence in the equipment. This interactive online course will cover care, inspection, and testing of tools and equipment commonly used in transmission and distribution maintenance work. It will describe the purpose of and procedures for performing dielectric tests, acoustic emissions tests, and visual inspections of various tools and equipment. It will also cover basic guidelines for keeping tools and equipment in safe operating conditions.
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Brady Hansen began working in telecommunications as a tower climber. When the fiber optic boom began, he transitioned into telecommunications line work. When Brady found out about the Northwest JATC apprenticeship and the line trade, he found work in the Seattle area until he could get a power lineman apprenticeship. He entered the NWJATC and became an apprentice lineman. Brady worked for companies such as Wilson Construction, Avista, and BPA. Along the way, Mr. Hansen served in a number of leadership roles, but has found the most fulfillment in working as an apprentice instructor. He began doing international volunteer training for lineworkers and helped found Electrical Workers With Borders. Currently, Brady is working to improve lineman safety in South America and Asia. He accepted a position with Idaho manufacturer Safeguard Equipment. They make a groundbreaking new personal voltage detector called the Compass. Brady recently founded his own training company called Written in Red Inc. to improve safe practices in the line trade. Mr. Hansen is honored and fortunate to be a journeymen lineman and hopes to be climbing poles in the years to come.