USAID safety training
The United States Agency for International Development ( USAID) has finalized a threeyear safety training programme for 9,000 linesmen of nine power distribution companies across Pakistan.
Starting from December, 620 linesmen of Hyderabad Electric Supply Company ( Hesco) will receive intensive safety training. This will be replicated in other distribution companies later.
This assistance programme is part of the US government’s commitment to support Pakistan in reforming the power sector and helping power companies improve their performance.
“Statistics of deadly accidents in distribution companies present a very grim picture showing no sign of reduction, rather there has been an increase in the number of accidents over the last few years,” said Dick Dumford, Chief of Party of USAID Power Distribution Programme. More than 100 linesmen lost their lives in 2010- 11 which left miserable effects on their families and an equal number was seriously injured or disabled.
The programme, being conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Power, is aimed at working jointly with state- run power companies to improve their performance in terms of reduction in losses and improvement in revenues and customer services