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Michels reaches safety milestone

Michels Communications Manager Cliff Krentz, middle, received the award from WPS representatives.

Michels Communications Manager Cliff Krentz, middle, received the award from WPS representatives.

Recognized with Safety Excellence Award

Michels recently received the WPS Safety Excellence Award in recognition of 300,000 man-hours worked without a recordable safety incident on a project in northern Wisconsin.

“This is a great recognition for the crew members and of their dedication and diligence to the safety, environmental performance and production,” said Jerrod Henschel, Michels Communications Vice President.

Michels crews contributed more than 100,000 man-hours toward the milestone on the WPS System Modernization Reliability Project (SMRP). Construction started in 2014 with a goal of burying power lines underground in several communities to reduce outages caused by ice, snow and wind storms.

Multiple Michels crews have worked together to plan, coordinate and execute the project. In addition to using directional boring, trenching and plowing to install underground cable, Michels crews have placed and terminated junction boxes, transformers and switching equipment; performed system cutover work; removed existing overhead lines; and terminated cable when it was tied into existing energized underground residential distribution (URD) equipment.

Michels installed approximately 200 miles of new cable and removed 200 miles of old cable. 

Michels also used a variety of techniques and equipment to ensure environmental protection and complete restoration.

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