Neither electricians who are unaffiliated with Hamilton County EC nor the co-op’s members will be allowed to remove or reinstall meters.
Members and electricians must contact the cooperative to request a meter removal and reinstallation by cooperative personnel. Upon receiving the request, we will do everything within our power to complete the work promptly. We recommend that you notify us in advance, preferably with at least 24 hours’ notice.
To request meter removal or reinstallation, call the cooperative’s main office at (254) 386-3123 or 1-800-595- 3401 Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Servicemen will not remove or reinstall meters after office hours or on weekends except in emergency situations.
HCEC employees are required to follow federal laws when working around energized equipment. The following regulations apply when HCEC personnel work with energized meters.
1. OSHA 1910.269(I)(1)(i): Only qualified employees may work on or with exposed energized lines or parts of equipment.
2. OSHA 1926.960: Outlines general requirements for necessary personal protective equipment when working around energized equipment.
For Hamilton County EC employees, required PPE consists of a nonconductive hard hat, safety glasses, flame-resistant clothing, rubber gloves with leather protectors, fully closed-toe leather footwear and an arc flash face shield.
We regret that we must make the procedural change restricting meter removal and reinstallation to cooperative staff, but it is necessary for the safety of our members and to limit HCEC’s liability.