The Power of Our People: AEP Line Servicer Halts Dangerous Tree Trimming
In 2020, Line Servicer Brandon Scott was responding to a power outage in Columbus, Ohio. Upon arriving at a customer’s property, he saw a landscaping crew in a precarious spot in the backyard. They were attempting to trim a massive silver maple tree – approximately 65 to 70 feet tall – and had already improperly made a deep cut into its trunk. A huge limb was hanging dangerously close to AEP’s power lines. In addition, the workers had failed to see the metal cable braces supporting the heavy branches.
Scott recognized the hazards, so he asked the crew to stop their work immediately while he called for support from AEP’s Forestry Department. His quick reaction and questioning attitude potentially saved lives that day. The work was stopped, the line was de-energized, and professional tree trimmers were called to the scene. They secured the branches with ropes and were able to safely remove hazardous limbs piece by piece until proper distance of clearance from our equipment was achieved. Scott’s actions demonstrate AEP’s commitment to Zero Harm.