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 repairing underground electric power cables. This is what
he observed. Electrical power to a specific cable was shut off at both ends of the 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.
Without positive assurance that the cable was de-energized the lineman
handed Ron the hacksaw and he ended up cutting into the correct de-energized cable. That night, he sat down with his father Phillip, a field supervisor
with Ontario Hydro, to design a safety device
to further ensure the identified electric power cable was de-energized before
cutting. The SPIKE Tool was born in 1976.
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