Four GCEC employees – Cole Barfield, Chad Creamer, Mark Jones and Hal Walden – recently completed the Florida Department of Transportation’s 16-Hour Maintenance of Traffic course.
During the training, the employees gained knowledge and understanding of the equipment, techniques and procedures necessary to safely and correctly set up work zone traffic control devices, as well as how to maintain traffic on state and federal highways. By using visual and hands-on techniques, the employees learned how to set up a work area that complies with all state and federal laws, therefore creating a safe environment for the utility workers, as well as drivers approaching work crews along highways.
The training was conducted by the North Florida Safety Council, a community service organization that collaborates with several health and safety organizations to promote injury prevention and increase safety awareness.
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is part of the Touchstone Energy® national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to members large and small. Approximately 75 employees serve approximately 20,000 meters and 2,600 miles of line in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Walton and Washington counties and in the municipalities of Wewahitchka, Ebro, White City, Fountain and Southport.