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Our Tradition: Linemen Safety in a Dangerous Job

M.W. Bevins founded this company in 1957, sometime after he had invented the Original Phasing Set – to provide a safer way for linemen to test for live voltage. Today, Rich Bevins – the grandson of MW – carries on the tradition of saving the lives of these brave men and women by continuing to create new instruments, tools and technology to be used in the electrical power industry.

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The CHANCE® Auto-Ranging Voltage Indicator, or ARVI, is the smart, next-generation, electric field intensity meter used as a diagnostic tool by qualified linemen to detect the presence or absence of voltage.

The ARVI confirms whether a high-voltage line is energized or de-energized before any maintenance is done. It’s designed to determine approximate phase-to-phase voltage classes up to 500kV.

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Fail/No-Go Condition Reading

Q: What reading is considered a “fail / no-go” condition on the Hot Stick Tester? (Reference: Hubbell® / A.B.Chance® catalog # C403-3178 & C403-3179) A: Industry regulations for hot stick testing include IEEE Standard 978-1984 and OSHA Standard 1910.269(j)(2)(iii) which state: “Live-line tools used for primary employee protection shall be removed from service every 2 […]

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Tips of the Trade

Never put a cheater bar on the hoist handle. If you can’t readily take up the load with the handle that is furnished, you need a bigger hoist. Overloading a hoist can…

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