THE STORY OF THE SPIKE
In 1975, Ron Mock, a newly graduated University of Toronto engineer,
joined Ontario Hydro (Toronto, Canada - now known as
Hydro One). One of his first assignments was to observe
field linemen who were repairing underground electric power cables. This is what
happened on a particular job. Electrical power to a specific cable was shut off at both ends of a repair
site. A trench was dug surrounding the exposed cables. An Amp meter
was used to identify that power was shut off between termination points.
An experienced guess was made to cut into one of the exposed cables.
handed Ron a hacksaw and he ended up cutting into the correct de-energized cable. Lucky guess. That night, Ron sat down with his father Phillip, a field supervisor
with Ontario Hydro, to design a safety device
which would provide further assurance that an electric power cable was de-energized before
cutting. The SPIKE Tool was born in 1976.
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