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2014 NEC 15 Hour Code Updates

The IBEW Local 99 JATC will have classes for the 2014 NEC code updates.  The classes will be offered at the Training Center, 40 Western Industrial Drive.  The cost is twenty-five dollars, refundable upon completion to local 99 members in good standing, (no show no refund).  Code books and Significant Code Change books will be available for purchase.  2014 code books are required to attend.  Seating is limited.  We reserve the right to cancel classes that are not full.

****FULL**** 1st class May 17th & 18th 2014   7:00AM to 3:30PM ****FULL****

2nd class June 14th & 15th 2014   7:00AM to 3:30PM

You must attend both Classes the same weekend to receive credit.  Please RSVP to the JATC office at 946-9908 at least 10 days before the class.  Receipt of your check or money order will reserve a seat (no cash).

An injury to one is an injury to all......

BUZZARDS BAY – Two men died instantly Saturday after an aerial basket they were in about 140 feet in the air toppled over and came crashing to the ground at a job site along the Scenic Highway.

Both men -- Joseph L. Boyd III of Fall River and John Loughran of Quincy, both 34 -- were inside an aerial basket in the truck at the time of the incident shortly before 1 p.m., according to Bourne Police Chief Dennis Woodside.

“That's a far drop,” Woodside said.

John Loughran, the father of one of the victims, broke down Saturday as he stood at the scene.

“I lost my son today, and I love him,” Loughran said. “He was doing exactly what he wanted to do being at the top of that tower. He was a wonderful kid. I love him and I'm going to miss him terribly.”

The men and truck were at property owned by Cape Cod Aggregates Corp. at 665 Scenic Highway, the police said. Both men were from a company contracted as a part of an NStar utility project. They appeared to be working underneath high-tension power lines, near the power poles, on a sandy and barren parcel of land.

An off-duty Wareham police officer noticed the upended truck from the Scenic Highway and called Bourne police, Woodside said. Other workers were also on the ground at the job site when the accident happened.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe, the state police and the federal Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating. A team of Cape firefighters specially trained for technically challenging situations were called to the scene shortly after the incident was reported.

“The scene is horrific. It's a tragic, tragic accident,” said Bourne Fire Department chaplain Glenn Stone, who was called to come to the site. “I'm just trying to comfort the families and be there for them.”

The company that owned the truck and was contracted for the work is Mass Bay Electric, according to Rhiannon D'Angelo, a spokeswoman for NStar.

A message left by the Times with the Mass Bay Electric off-hours answering service Saturday afternoon was not immediately returned. The company is based in East Boston.

OSHA most recently inspected Mass Bay Electric in 2005, according to OHSA records. Three violations were cited, all deemed serious. Two violations were for standards for aerial lifts. The fines for each violation were under $1,000.

Eighty percent of deaths from vehicle-mounted elevated platforms are a result of contact with electrical sources, according to the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Department of Labor Standards.

In addition to electrocutions, fatalities occur from failure to use a fall restraint, from overturned trucks set on unstable ground, from falls from buckets and from slips and falls while using the bucket.

The type of truck used Saturday has a reach of 142 feet, according to Woodside.

Our hearts are deeply saddened here at Local 99 to learn of the loss of our IBEW Brothers.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these two fine men and we hope the families and friends will find comfort in the Grace of God during this most difficult time.  

This was the main service distribution box before we arrived
This was the main service distribution box before we arrived

North Providece West Little League Field Project

The North Providence West Little League wishes to extend their sincerest gratitude to the members of Local 99 who have donated their time to make much needed repairs to the field.  

Get a College Degree

IBEW Local 99 and IBEW 2323 will be offering a 3 Credit Course through the Institute of Labor Studies & Research in conjunction with Community College of Rhode Island.  

The course is Psychology of Work PSY1050.  It will be offered at the Union Hall on Monday nights starting March 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm.

This course already has 10 people enrolled. Limit is 15.

Please contact Jimmy Jackson at Local 99 (401) 946-9900 Ext. 241 or Cell (401) 255-8073.

IBEW Ride 4 A Cure Flyer
IBEW Ride 4 A Cure Flyer

IBEW Ride 4 A Cure

The annual IBEW Motorcycle Ride will take place on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 10:00 am in Morgantown, West Virginia.  This year's ride will be called "IBEW Ride 4 A Cure".  

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Resign Reminder

You must resign between the 10th and the 16th of every month  If you have difficulty on line, then send an email to resign@ibew99.org or call during regular business hours!                 

A wonderful day in RI Organized Labor

Today, the RI Building Trades Council welcomed Carpenters Local 94 back in to the council.  It has been a few years since the RIBTC and the Carpenters had most unfortunately parted ways. Certainly, there will always be issues that need resolve, just like in any other family.  However the real fights, the fights that impact every working person, union or not, require a strong and united RIBTC and today the council did just that.  Welcome back David, Tom, Paul and Bill.  We all look forward to working with you to advance the needs of the working people of the State of RI. 

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