Inspirational speaker and accomplished author Lee Shelby visited LCEC recently to discuss the importance of safety to linemen and field staff. Lee Shelby nearly lost his life when he came in contact with an energized overhead conductor while working as a lineman in Tennessee. As a result of his accident, Lee had to have both arms amputated below the elbow. Lee’s impactful presentation demonstrated the importance of taking responsibility for one’s own personal safety and the safety of coworkers, in addition to avoiding dangerous shortcuts. “We are always looking for new ways to enhance our safety program. When we learned about Lee’s story, we knew we wanted him to speak to our team. Feedback from our linemen and field crew indicates that Lee’s message hit home and touched their hearts,” Construction and Maintenance Manager Allan Ruth said. LCEC thanks Lee for his sharing his story with us, and for demonstrating the power of perseverance and the importance of working safely!
Established in 1940, Lee County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LCEC) is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Marco Island, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, Ave Maria, and parts of Lehigh Acres. LCEC is a major contributor to the local economy as one of the largest employers in Lee County with 400 employees and by its support of many local agencies through charitable giving and volunteerism programs, including the United Way, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Junior Achievement and local school districts. People. Power. Possibilities. Delivering the Power that Energizes our Community. Learn more about LCEC online at www.lcec.net.
ABOUT LEE SHELBY
Lee Shelby is a Power Lineman from Tennessee and at the age of 28, lost both arms resulting from an occupational injury after he came in contact with more than 12,000 volts while working for a Utility Company. Lee returned to work in less than one year with the ambition to be an active part of society. Lee actively teaches and shares his story of “Triumph Over Tragedy” “Safety is Personal” with thousands across the United States in every industry. Lee is a National Speaker and OSHA and NFPA trainer.
Although the weather outside is chilly, resist the urge to turn on the heat. Heating is the most intense use of electric energy in the average home and is the most expensive electric appliance. On average, heating can cost two to three times more than cooling. Below are two simple ways to warm you up while keeping your energy costs cool:
-Invest in a heating blanket.
-Purchase small portable space heaters to heat only the rooms you are occupying.
Please read the manufacturer safety information before using a heating blanket or portable space heater. Visit https://www.lcec.net/energy-efficiency/green-energy-tips/cooling-and-heating for more information about cooling and heating from the energy experts at LCEC!
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