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Items on Utility Poles Are a Safety Hazard & Illegal

Although it may seem like a good idea, putting signs, satellite dishes, deer stands,  or other items on utility poles creates serious safety hazards. Staples, nails, and tacks used to hang things—as well as the items themselves—pose dangers to Access Energy Cooperative line workers who must climb poles to restore or to perform routine maintenance.               […]

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Area Emergency Professionals Talk Safety

One of the most important parts of the Access Energy Cooperative mission statement is safety. And one of the core principles on which we were founded is commitment to community. Access Energy Cooperative has teamed up our mission with our principles and formulated our commitment to providing safety education to our communities where ever possible. […]

Move Over and Slow Down – Its the Law

Governor  Brandstad signed the Move Over definition bill into law covering. the utility maintenance vehicle definition. While utility workers have been covered under the law, the Iowa Code lacked a comprehensive definition that detailed specific industry sectors that are considered “utilities” for the purposes of the Move Over or Slow Down law. The debate over […]

Managing Physical Threats to Grid Reliability

While the threat of cybersecurity attacks on the electric grid get a lot of attention these days, physical damage from storms or critters is much more likely to disrupt power. There are many physical threats to our power delivery system that your cooperative works hard to manage on a daily basis. From weather events (such […]