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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • New OSHA rules will affect RMU

  • Rolla Municipal Utilities (RMU) Operations Manager Tom Parker told the Board of Public Works Tuesday afternoon that the Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration (OSHA) has issued a new set of rules for electric power companies that could have at least an indirect affect on RMU and its customers.
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  • Rolla Municipal Utilities (RMU) Operations Manager Tom Parker told the Board of Public Works Tuesday afternoon that the Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration (OSHA) has issued a new set of rules for electric power companies that could have at least an indirect affect on RMU and its customers.
    “They may be good,” Parker said of the rules, “but they don’t come without a cost.”
    Parker noted that as a municipal utility, RMU does not fall under the OSHA rules. Instead, it follows the guidelines of the American Public Power Association, which is affected by OSHA.
    “We’ll have to wait and see what APPA does,” Parker said.
    OSHA issued the new construction and general industry stands for electric power generation, transmission and distribution and electrical protective equipment back in April with an effective compliance date of July 10.
    This week, OSHA announced it would keep previous standards in effect until Oct. 31, then start following the new standards, with the exception of certain protective equipment.
    “The compliance deadline for some provisions—on fall protection, minimum approach distances and arc-flash protection—is April 1, 2015,” the APPA announced.
    "This long-overdue update will save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries annually," said Dr. David Michaels, U.S. assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, in a news release.  "Electric utilities, electrical contractors and labor organizations have persistently championed these much-needed measures to better protect the men and women who work on or near electrical power lines."
    In the rest of his report, Parker noted the following work in the RMU electric department:
    • New three-phase 12kV overhead primary distribution tie-line installation at Dewing-Industrial substations, started in Nov. 5, is still going on.
    • New pole, overhead and underground primary and transformer installations for new townhouses at 2051-2079 Vichy Road, started Dec. 9, was completed June 13.
    • New three-phase underground primary transformer and meter installation for new apartments at the planned unit development in the old Sands Farm and Home building, 107 E. Sixth St., started May 8, was completed June 5.
    • New three-phase underground primary, transformer and meter installation at Silverstone Place, 2735 Eagleson Drive, a new skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, started on May 23, was completed June 10.
    Parker gave these updates for the water department work:
    • Replacing of existing 8-inch cast iron and PVC water line with 16-inch C905 plastic, installation of 40 feet of 4-inch C900, 1,240 feet of 16-inch C905, and four fire hydrants, started May 16 and completed June 13 on Pine Street, from 12th Street to 16th Street.
    • Replacing of existing 10-inch ductile iron with 12-inch C900 plastic on 12th Street from Pine Street to Maple Street, started June 13 and is ongoing.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Two 1-inch water taps at 1904 Maxwell Drive were completed June 11.
    • Three 1-inch water taps at 1301 N. Elm St. were completed June 17.
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