SWEPCO provides free safety training kits to area businesses

Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) is sharing its worker safety education materials with area businesses to help them avoid potential risks associated with utility contacts and dig-ins. Businesses can request a free electrical safety training kit at https://aepcontractorsafety.com/trainers.php and click on the ES Trainers tab.

“Whether working indoors or outside, using handheld tools or operating heavy equipment, it’s critical that every worker know the requirements, guidelines and techniques for working safely around underground and overhead utilities,” said Malcolm Smoak SWEPCO president and chief operating officer. “This is critical for themselves, their business and the public.”

The kit includes:

  • Eight-page Worker Beware booklet featuring full-color photos illustrating key safety tips regarding overhead and underground power lines, excavation, spotter and equipment usage. Kits come with 10 booklets in English and five in Spanish.
  • Worker Beware DVD in English and Spanish containing a slide show with presenter’s notes and a trainer’s guide.

“Our goal in sharing these tools is to promote safety and save lives,” Smoak said.