Case Study Report: Business Case for Implementing Battery-Powered Tools for Direct-Bury Line Workers at an Electric Power Utility

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Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

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Cutting cable and crimping compression connections are the two most commonly performed tasks by direct-bury line workers who repair and bury underground cable for electric power utilities. Battery-powered tools, rather than manual (Figure 1), do the demanding work of cutting cable and crimping connectors while the worker holds the tool in place. The focus of this study is whether the cost of battery-powered tools for direct-bury line workers can be justified on injury and illness data and other factors.


Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, Vol. 5, No. 8 (August 2008): D86-D91. DOI.