Dangerous jobs do important work

Providing electricity to more than 300,000 customers every day can be a dangerous business. That’s why OPPD takes safety very seriously.

But there are still employees who must work around dangerous equipment to power our customers rain or shine. They are not alone.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) yearly lists the most dangerous jobs in America. This list often includes jobs that bring us the things we need every day such as goods and electricity. In honor of Labor Day, we are highlighting the jobs on this list that are performed at OPPD and the critical role they play in our service to our community.

Electrical workers

BLS ranking: 15

Line technicians are highly visible utility employees in the community, and their jobs can be hazardous if safety is not top-of-mind. These employees often work at great heights and around high-voltage equipment to restore power to OPPD customers quickly and safely. They also troubleshoot problems and making repairs when an outage occurs.

Maintenance and repair workers

BLS ranking: 16

At a utility, these workers build the machinery and structures used to generate electricity. This work is often done in cramped locations or around heavy objects, and are at a greater risk of suffering electrical shocks, falls, cuts and bruises. OPPD’s Central Maintenance group, does this type of work, and has one of the best safety records at OPPD.

Telecommunication line installers

BLS ranking: 19

Even though it is an electric utility, OPPD has a communications department that maintains a telecommunications network that connects the utility’s facilities and ensures data is transmitted where and when needed. Workers in this category, like line technicians, often work at great heights.

 

Laura King-Homan

About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is a contributor to the Storm & Outage Center and a communications specialist at OPPD. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, which lets her tell the stories of OPPD and its employees both graphically and through her writing.