Mayor Lois Jackson, Metro Vancouver Chair Met with Power Survey Company to Learn Safety Solutions
VANCOUVER, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Chair of Metro
Vancouver and Mayor of Delta, convened with Power Survey Company (PSC)
President Tom Catanese today in downtown Vancouver to learn firsthand
about the dangers of 'Contact Voltage' and how the city can prevent
injuries and death to its residents and pets.
Mayor Jackson met with Catanese Tuesday on the corner of Woodland and
Frances Streets, the site of a recent electric shock that injured a
dog. They toured one of Power Survey Company's mobile testing trucks
and discussed the need for proactive testing to detect electric danger
spots before more incidents occur. In January, 'Sierra', a mastiff,
was the most recent victim of shock by faulty underground wiring in
Vancouver. There have been several local cases over the years of these
dangerous shocks, known as 'Contact Voltage,' including that of
Vancouver police dog "Bear." Bear was shocked into cardiac arrest after
tracking a suspect on the 400 block of Heatley.
After being educated on the electrical dangers, Mayor Jackson said, "I
will be asking Delta's Chief Administrative Officer to report on our
municipality's preparations with regard to public electrical safety,
and I call on other Metro Vancouver Mayors to do the same. She added
"new technologies can make a real difference, and can turn this rare,
but often fatal problem, into something that can be avoided."
Contact Voltage is an unintentional connection between a power
distribution system and public surfaces, like sidewalks, that can cause
deadly shocks. Following the January incident, Power Survey Company was
contacted by animal advocate, stray voltage victim and blogger Lisa
Mckibbin and asked to assess the magnitude of the problem. President
Tom Catanese discussed the widespread lethal voltage hazards uncovered
during Power Survey's brief mobile contact voltage sampling in
Vancouver, Delta and surrounding areas. Mr. Catanese added, "We work
side by side with utilities, municipalities, and utility regulators to
enhance public safety and electric infrastructure maintenance.
Power Survey Company has been retained by Utilities and Municipalities
in Ontario and over 20 US States to find hazardous streetlights,
sidewalks, manhole covers and other publicly accessible surfaces and
structures that pose a grave threat to both humans and animals. Recent
tragedies in Seattle and Toronto triggered citywide emergency mobile
voltage surveys using Power Survey's one-of-a-kind technology. The
company has detected and mitigated more Contact Voltage hazards than
any organization in the world.
Contact Voltage, is neither a new problem, nor specific to any utility
or region. Since the early days of electricity there have been
countless human and animal deaths and injuries directly attributed to
Contact Voltage. For electric distributors to maintain adequate public
safety, frequent Contact Voltage detection surveys are essential and
are becoming standard practice.
About Power Survey Company
Power Survey's combination of cutting edge technology, advanced data
management systems, and top engineers and professionals, has made an
immediate and substantial impact on public electrical safety. Power
Survey's SVD2000 mobile Contact Voltage detection technology has
received international acclaim the engineering team is widely
considered to be the world's foremost authority on contact voltage.
For more on this danger and the company's solutions, visit http://www.powersurveyco.com.
SOURCE Power Survey Company
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