Remember back in elementary school when you had show and tell? You’d bring in something important to you, and show it to the class, and tell them all about it. It was a great way to inform your classmates (and your teacher) about what was going on in your life. Maybe you brought in a new toy, or pictures of your dog or cat.
At Texas811, we also have show and tell, but we call them Safety Day and Training events. Two took place on the same day last week, in Midland and in Gonzales.
In Gonzales, the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, Texas Gas Service, Texas811 and the South Texas Damage Prevention Council presented a spectacular scenario that included a piece of heavy equipment making accidental contact with high voltage power lines – resulting in a medical emergency involving the equipment operator and spotter.
While GVEC de-energized the power line, emergency response contractor Emergency Site Protection extracted the victims to a safe area and handed them off to a life flight helicopter medical response team for evacuation to a regional hospital.
Texas Gas Service showed what happens when a natural gas line is struck by a backhoe, and what steps are taken in the immediate aftermath to mitigate the incident. (For safety purposes the line was pressurized with compressed air to simulate natural gas).
“Striking a natural gas line is not something anyone wants to take lightly,” said Doug Meeks, a Damage Prevention Manager with Texas811. “Should it happen, you literally have only seconds to make decisions that could save your life.”
Finally, firefighters demonstrated the ways to extinguish a simulated crude oil fire. (For environmental & safety purposes, diesel fuel was contained in an open reservoir mounted to a low boy trailer and ignited.)
To top it all off, Dirt Road Cookers knocked out two eight foot diameter pizzas on site for lunch! Seriously, it takes six people to move one of these pizzas on top of their cast iron cooking sheets.
At the same time in Midland, a safety day event brought utility, pipeline, oil & gas, municipal, county, and construction personnel from across West Texas together to exchange ideas and take part in dynamic safety training. Guest speakers included Railroad Commission of Texas member Garrett Velardi with the Damage Prevention Department.
Attendees watched Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Training provided by West Texas Safety Training, followed by Powerline Energy Services showing the dangers of coming in contact with live high voltage power lines.
Chevron presented a mock gas line strike as well.
Attendance at each free event numbered in the hundreds.
Midland media covered this event, and you can see and read about it here:
Event promotes importance of calling 811
Permian Basin Safety Day demonstrates result of a natural gas line strike
Reading about safety is good – but watching safety in action is always better!
Finally, for those of you keeping up – I promised to update my weight loss program right here every week. I started at 219 pounds on January 4. Last Monday it was 211 pounds and today is 208!
In other news – you may remember that a month ago I started working on a 1959 German radio receiver/stereo record player. I had put in new capacitors and four new resistors and replaced one vacuum tube that was going south, but still had a loud hum. A recheck on the other vacuum tubes revealed an ECH 81 tube showing grid leakage – i.e., a heater to cathode short in the tube itself – which is known to cause an AC hum that would be picked up and amplified by the rest of the audio circuit.
The ECH 811 tube is used as an oscillator and mixer for the AM band with the heptode being the first IF amplifier on the FM band. It was designed in 1954. A new one has been ordered (they cost about 8 bucks these days) and hopefully that will fix the last hum problem.
Until next week, safe digging!