Effective January 1, 2020 only qualified Hamilton County Electric Cooperative employees may remove or reinstall meters. The Cooperative’s Members and electricians will no longer be allowed to remove or reinstall meters.
Members and electricians must contact the Cooperative to request a meter removal/reinstallation by cooperative personnel. Upon request we will do everything within our power to complete the work promptly. We do recommend that you notify us in advance; preferably at least 24-hours prior notice.
To request meter removal or reinstallation, you can call the cooperative’s main office (254) 386-3123 or (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 Law when working around Energized Equipment. We are obligated to follow these criteria when working with Energized Meters:
- OSHA 1910.269(I)(1)(i) Only Qualified employees may work on or with exposed energized line or equipment.
- OSHA 1926.960- Outlines general requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required when working around energized equipment:
*For Hamilton County Electric Employees this PPE consists of the following:
Non-Conductive Hard Hat, Safety Glasses, Flame Resistant Shirt and Jeans, Rubber Gloves with Leather Protectors, Fully Closed Toe Leather Footwear and Arc Rated Face Shield.
We regret that we must make this procedural change, but it is necessary for the safety of our Members as well as protecting the Cooperative from liability.