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What Utilities Need to Know About Vegetation Management

Steve Marshall, Executive Vice President of US Utility Operations, Davey Tree, and a solution provider at the marcus evans Transmission & Distribution Summit 2014, on vegetation management and emergency responsiveness

NEW YORK, NY, Aug 10, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - "Hire the best vegetation management contractors you can. Support them. Make sure that they are maintaining a stable workforce that is constantly improving in skill set, and is familiar with your property and the people who manage your operation," Steve Marshall, Executive Vice President of US Utility Operations, Davey Tree advises. "Develop partnerships with vegetation management contractors who value long-term relationships, as that leads to greater levels of trust, efficiency and innovation," he goes on to say.

Davey Tree is a solution provider at the marcus evans Transmission & Distribution Summit 2014, taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2-4.

- How does Davey respond to utilities' severe weather events, and what has the company done to improve response?

Davey has an internal group that specifically manages assignments from customers who are involved in a severe weather event. That management team incorporates officers within our safety department, expert consultants at the Davey Resource Group and the specified operations management team assigned to each individual event. Davey has improved utility responses to severe weather events by developing contingency plans for virtually any kind of storm event.

- How could utilities be pro-active and plan their response ahead of any events?

Know your contractors. Have your contractors performed efficiently and promptly during past emergency responses? Have a basic knowledge of those contractors and how they operate. Also, be aware of and attend relationship seminars, such as those held by some utilities in Texas and Florida, when possible. Such seminars are a forum for utilities to host vegetation management contractors and discuss expectations, safe practices and other facets of the job during weather events.

- How could utilities better manage their assets? What do they overlook?

It is important for utilities to have an active maintenance program, vegetation management plans and procedures and a hardware asset protection program. An up-to-date inventory provides critical information to ensure an accurate, swift response.

- Why should utilities map the infrastructure they have?

An infrastructure map is invaluable. One of the most important aspects of any storm response is having specific location information available. Having that knowledge means the contractors are prepared when they get to the scene and arrive at the right place to aid specifically with the recovery. Lost time is virtually eradicated when you have a clear map of the system with detailed information on each location. Mapping the system makes it possible for utilities and their contractors to have a clearer understanding of what actions can provide the greatest, fastest result in restoring power to the customers.

- How does your safety program benefit transmission and distribution clients?

At Davey, safety is a value. We emphasize the value of safety in order to protect our employees, the public and the private properties of our clients. Specifically, our basic training modules for each level illustrate the requirement that each employee is certified for the job that they are in and has passed all the tests for that job before they can move to another position or advance. We adhere to the appropriate documentation procedures and conduct periodic audits for certifications. In addition to the basic training program, Davey has a strong critical violations program through which we monitor activities in the field. Governing our entire safety program is Davey's personal performance program, which makes each employee responsible for not only themselves but their coworkers. Davey goes above and beyond standard safety expectations, and as a result we have earned one of the top safety records in the industry - something that makes us an asset to utility vegetation managers who can expect safe, reliable service.

About the Transmission & Distribution Summit 2014

The 13th Transmission & Distribution Summit is the premier forum bringing executives from the largest transmission and distribution companies together for a focused discussion of key new drivers shaping the industry. Taking place at the Red Rock Resort & Spa, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2-4, the Summit includes presentations on improving transmission reliability, addressing grid vulnerability, storm preparedness and advancing Smart Grid technology.

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About The Davey Tree Expert Company

The Davey Tree Expert Company, with U.S. and Canadian operations in more than 47 states and five provinces, provides a variety of tree care, grounds maintenance and consulting services for the residential, utility, commercial, and government markets. Founded in 1880, Davey has been employee owned for 35 years and has more than 7,800 employees who provide Proven Solutions for a Growing World. www.davey.com

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