October 28, 2015

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October 28, 2015

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flying the lines 2015

Our grid is home to 30,000 transmission structures that span over 5,000 kilometers across Nova Scotia. How do we make sure they are all in good shape? We walk ‘em. Then fly ‘em. Every three years, our entire system will have been inspected by foot (they actually arrive at the base of each structure), but inspectors can only realistically cover off so much per year, so they patrol the rest by helicopter.

Mike Cassidy, our field projects lead, has been doing these inspections for about five years now. Every fall, after the summer lightning season wraps up, he and his team patrol the transmission equipment and lines to identify any necessary fixes needed before the winter storms begin. “A foot patrol can take up to three months to complete, depending on how many structures are in the line. We can cover the same distance in a helicopter in three hours,” Mike says. “The combination of the foot patrols and helicopter patrols allow us to put ‘eyes on’ every one of our 30,000 transmission structures.”

Recently we had photographer Scott Kirkpatrick join Mike and his team to capture these spectacular photos. They spent almost 10 hours in the air, taking off at Halifax international Airport, checking out Port Hawkesbury, Sydney, our interconnected transmission line in Truro where we connect with New Brunswick’s grid, then back to Halifax.

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NS Power President and CEO Bob Hanf was one of 22 senior provincial business leaders to sign a document October 8 that publicly states our continued commitment to safety and health. The Nova Scotia Health and Safety Leadership Charter is supported by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and Department of Labour and Advanced Education.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan said the companies’ commitment is a testament to their leaders’ character and the key to the success both of their businesses and the province. WCB CEO Stuart MacLean said the goal is for Nova Scotia to be the safest place to work in Canada.

The occupational health and safety of employees “is our number one priority,” said Bob, adding it is NS Power’s legal and moral goal to have no workplace injuries. “Safety should not be a trade secret,” Bob said. "Companies should share the success of their programs so they can collectively work to better the health, safety and wellness of employees across Nova Scotia."

NS Power adopts-a-day FOR habitat for humanity

East Preston Habitat for Humanity group

NS Power’s Transmission and Distribution Technical Services team visited Habitat for Humanity for the Adopt-A-Day challenge, as part of a team building event. They felt that this would be an excellent opportunity to work together to help others by creating a better environment for a family in need. Employees spent the day on site and worked on a house build in East Preston. The team worked on the interior wall assembly, as well as styrofoam insulation on the outside foundation of the house.

Around noon, it began to down pour. They reluctantly decided to call it a day, but agreed to return on November 3 to finish their time at the build site. “Having a place to come home to and feel safe is something I feel is the most valuable thing one can ever acquire. Although we only assisted in helping one day on a house that typically takes roughly 8 or more months to build we still helped a family get that much closer to having a place to call home,” said team member Genoa Bell.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity's Adopt-A-Day Challenge at www.habitatns.ca.

safety tips for halloween

It's not hard to remember the excitement of Halloween. It's an exciting time of year for kids, and it becomes easy for them to forget how to stay safe. Before heading out for the night, speak to your kids about safety rules, and re-enforce them as the night goes on.

Masks can obscure vision, use face paint instead and wear reflective bands or clothing when venturing outside.  Walk on sidewalks and designated pathways, and use crosswalks to cross the street. Remember to carry flashlights to improve visibility for both you and drivers.

Kids are often excited to start eating the candy they receive. Ensure they remember not to eat anything they receive until it has been checked by an adult. Bring a small snack from home that they can eat while out.