Staying mobile... but at a distance
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- May 18, 2020 4:11 pm GMTMay 18, 2020 3:52 pm GMT
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Duquesne Light detailed for a reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper the extent to which its work crews are being protected as they move across Allegheny and Beaver counties in Pennsylvania during the Covid-19 pandemic.
For example, the utility is splitting up its crews, spreading them out over different locations, renting extra cars to give crew member a dedicated vehicle and staggering shifts to avoid contact. As the newspaper reported, gone for now are the days of a work crew "huddling over a map to parse circuit information." A job that involves more than one person entering a manhole to access underground equipment now requires what the paper described as "modern-day medieval armor."
Likewise, on the gas distribution side of things, the newspaper wrote about a group of 10 gas controllers and two supervisors working at People Gas. On a typical day, these workers are located close together in a control room where they monitor Peoples’ pipelines and facilities in real time. Since the onset of the pandemic, those specialists have been split into two locations as a precaution. The thinking is that if one group is compromised, there is no cross contamination with the other group.