How to Achieve Insulation and Isolation

Distribution Cover Up


  • Duration
    1 Webinar Session, 4 Hours
  • CUSP Points
    4 CUSP Points
  • Instructor

About Distribution Cover Up

Distribution Cover-Up: How to Achieve Insulation and Isolation, will discuss cover-up requirements for distribution systems and substations using a practical method that is easy to understand and apply. Covering voltages up to 44 kV, this course led by utility industry expert Danny Raines, CUSP, includes fundamentals and principles of cover-up; the impact of culture on cover-up practices; and specific requirements for overhead, underground and substation applications. Danny will also cover the history and how we got to where we are today as an industry standard and what OSHA requires.

Throughout the course, Danny will utilize case studies and incident reviews to provide historical perspective and reinforce the need for effective cover-up. He will also walk through cover-up for specific job tasks to demonstrate proper application, and there will be ample time for questions and answers. Anyone in a leadership, management, safety or operations role should attend.

Course Objectives

The primary objective of the Distribution Cover-Up course is for participants to learn how cover-up should be utilized to achieve insulation and isolation for worker and system protection on voltages up to 44 kV. To achieve this objective, participants must understand:

  • Fundamentals of cover-up, including applicable regulations, minimum approach distances, selection, inspection, installation and removal.
  • The impact of cultural and organizational influences on cover-up practices and effectiveness.
  • Specific cover-up requirements for substations and overhead and underground distribution.

Earn up to 4 CUSP points
for attending the 4 hour session


Danny Raines headshot

Danny Raines, CUSP

Danny Raines, CUSP began his career in the electrical utility industry in June 1967 in Macon, Georgia with Georgia Power Company. Served a short time in the U. S. Army in 1968-69 and is a Vietnam era disabled veteran. Returning back to Georgia Power and working through the steps of progression on the line crews up to First Line Supervisor in 1985, Danny was offered a position in a new unregulated part of Georgia Power as contract coordinator over contract utility crews and line clearing forestry crews in 1995.

In late 1996, Danny entered Safety and Health, promoted as Supervisor, Project Manager and Corporate Safety Consultant supporting Distribution and Transmission organizations. Danny assisted in two training projects in the Middle East, in Turkey designing and implementing an Apprentice Lineman School for Turkish Electric Authority and another design of distribution system in Syria for Al Furat Oil and Petroleum in an oil field 200 kilometers in a desert outside Damascus, Syria.

Danny retired from Georgia Power on December 1st, 2007 as the Safety Consultant for Distribution and Transmission organizations after a 40-year career and founded Raines Utility Safety Solutions, LLC. a safety consulting company. Danny is currently an Affiliate Instructor at Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta, Ga., OSHA Authorized General Industry Safety and Compliance trainer, electric utility subject matter expert in civil cases, supporting electrical contractors, Co-Ops and municipal utility companies across the US.

The views, information, or opinions expressed during this webinar are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of Utility Business Media and its employees. It is strongly recommended you discuss any actions or policy changes with your company management prior to implementation.

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