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underground troubleshooting and the use of phasing. There has been no refresher
training conducted in the first half of this year, but plans are to resume training in the last
quarter of 2008.
• Going forward, the Company plans to take the linemen refresher training to the field
operating centers and conduct one day of training every two years on a 4-year cycle. To
accomplish this, it is anticipated that an additional trainer will be hired.
• AmerenCILCO has a total of $782,000 budgeted for the electric utility business training,
of which approximately $409,000 is planned to be spent on field crew and operator
• Outsourced service providers, such as electrical contractors, are not trained by Ameren
Illinois. Management requires that the service provider retain and provide a qualified
workforce. The training centers, however, do provide training to non-electrical
contractors such as substation entering training and meter replacement training. In
addition, periodically training is provided to firemen and police on working around
• The Company is instituting efforts with community colleges, chambers of commerce and
community groups to develop and enhance a feeder program for new hires.
• The Ameren Illinois safety organization consists of six division safety specialists and five
safety advocates. Although the safety specialists are direct reports to the division
manager, they also have a dotted line or indirect reporting relationship to a lead safety
specialist who works directly for the Company president.
• The division safety specialists, along with the division managers, act as the lead division
safety persons. Job responsibilities and activities include: development of the division
safety plan, implementation of the safety plan, training, coordinating safety committees
and coaching supervisors. In general, the division safety specialists have an in-depth
expertise in safety as well as specific knowledge in electric distribution safety.
• The main role of the safety advocate position is to be out in the field full-time interacting
with field coworkers. Their interaction includes: job briefings, review of safety practices
and providing field safety feedback. Ameren Illinois is in the process of formalizing the
field safety advocates feedback to enhance their knowledge of field safety issues. A
safety advocate supervisor’s background is generally skilled crafts with extensive
knowledge of electric field work. Interviews with field employees revealed that the role of
safety advocate has been well received.
• Ameren Illinois coordinates some safety activities with Ameren Missouri, but does not
get specific safety direction from them. The Illinois safety organization provides safety
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