The SPIKE Tool - Don't Guess...SPIKE it!
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The SPIKE Tool for electrical power cable maintenance

In 1975, Ron Mock, a newly graduated University of Toronto engineer, joined Ontario Hydro (Toronto, Canada - now known as Hydro One) public utility. One of his first assignments was to observe field linemen repairing underground electric power cables. This is what he observed. Electrical power was shut off at both ends of the repair site. A trench was dug surrounding the exposed cables. An amp meter was used to confirm that power was shut off between termination points. An experienced guess was made to cut into one of the exposed cables. Without positive assurance that the cable was de-energized the lineman handed Ron the hacksaw and he ended up cutting into the right cable. That night, he sat down with his father Phillip R. Mock, a field supervisor with Ontario Hydro, and another fellow engineer to design a safety device to positively ensure buried electric power cable was de-energized before cutting. The SPIKE Tool was born under the partnership business name of Mock, Lopes, Mock with a corporate identity change to SPIKE Tool Inc. in 1998.

Over 10 percent of SPIKE Tools have been returned since 1976 - damaged beyond  repair due to spiking an incorrectly identified cable -- Loss of life or serious injury has been avoided using SPIKE.

Phillip Robert Mock
September 1, 1928 - March 16, 1998. 
An employee of Ontario Hydro from June 1, 1953 to June 30, 1989

Ron Mock, PEng
SPIKE Tool Inc.

Ron Mock worked at Ontario Hydro (Toronto, Canada) from 1975 to 1986. For the first five years Ron worked in the Underground Distribution (0-44kV) and Underground Transmission (115-230kV) Departments. This included field work, design, construction and research.

Ron then worked in the Electrical Engineering Department designing control, shutdown, and power systems (up to 15kV) for Pickering and Darlington Generating Stations. When Ron left Ontario Hydro he was in charge of Nuclear Safety for Pickering Generating Station.

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25 Broadway Ave, Toronto, ON M4P1T7 Canada