Switchgear Cubicle Safety: Featuring the Cubicle Inspection & Repair Safety (CIRS) Device

September 17, 2020


Thursday, September 17, 2020

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Introduction, Safety First & Substation Cubicle Review

Substation Cubicle Inspections

The Cubicle Inspection & Repair Safety Device

CASE STUDY: Success at the Granite Hill Substation in Westchester County, New York

A transformer in the 13kV Granite Hill Substation needed to be replaced. A bus section was taken out of service for this work to be performed and, as a result, four feeders on the south bus were out of service. While attempting to restore the bus section to feed these four positions, workers discovered that the circuit breaker could not be closed.  When the circuit breaker was removed from the cubcile, the mechanics found additional necessary repairs were needed.

Normally, it would take many hours of substation and field switching to repair and restore the multiple bus sections.  By utilizing the Cubicle Inspection and Repair Safety Device, potential high-hazard injury work, possible field switching errors, and switching costs were avoided.            

Question & Answer Session


Eric M. Fell, Senior Specialist in EH&S Safety, Consolidated Edison Company of New York

Eric M. Fell is a Specialist in EH&S Safety at Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) working on the development, analysis and implementation of safety technology and innovation improvements to reduce injuries and achieve a zero‐harm environment. He recently moved to this role to focus his efforts on the expansion and continued execution of the Cubicle Inspection & Repair Safety (CIRS) Device. Prior to being a specialist, Eric was a Substation Operations Supervisor providing oversight and execution of operations, maintenance & construction activities within 9 transmission and distribution substations (13kV – 345kV) throughout Westchester & Dutchess Counties. Beyond his normal duties, Eric is considered a subject matter expert (SME) in Low and Medium Voltage circuit breaker maintenance and troubleshooting at Con Edison. He brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience as a Substation Supervisor at New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) and as Field Engineer for General Electric Industrial Solutions; concentrating on startup, commissioning, and troubleshooting of low and medium voltage (480V – 15kV) power delivery system projects. Eric holds a Master’s Degree in Renewable Energy & Sustainable Systems with a concentration in Sustainability Management & Policy from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Science from Roger Williams University. He has also earned a Field Engineering Degree from General Electric and an Infrared Thermography Level I & Level II certification from the Infraspection Institute. 


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