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Glen Cook, Energy Queensland

Category six – Best demonstrated leadership in work health and safety

Glen Cook is an experienced and enthusiastic community safety specialist. He provides leadership and expert advice to key external stakeholders, community groups and industries. Not only does Glen consult and collaborate with high risk industries, he advocates for them. Having worked as an electrician for over 25 years, he has been a first responder to many serious injuries, burns and fatalities due to third party contact with powerlines.

Glen saw the need for a powerline safety tool to be publicly available that would help workers plan ahead. He was the driving force behind the tool that workers can use to set exclusion zones, obtain voltages and receive quotes to de-energise or relocate powerlines, all before the work starts. From early feedback Glen has added extra features such as an alarm to warn operators when powerlines are near.

The vision is to have this tool as a nationwide product that will change the way workplaces plan work near powerlines and reduce the number of powerline contacts. Glen has been asked to speak about the development, success and future applications of at the Esri User Conference in the USA.

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