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USAID to help save thousands of linemen in Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD -- The United States through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) "Quick Impact Lineman Training Program" will help in save thousands of linemen in Pakistan.

According to a statement issued here on Saturday it is stated that linemen in Pakistan are working in high risk situation as an average more than 100 linemen become victim of fatal accidents every year.

USAID has already provided safety trainings to over 600 linemen of DISCOs including, Hyderabad Electric Power Company (HESCO), Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) and Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO). Trainings will continue for thousands more in the coming months besides equipping DISCOs' Regional Training Centers with the latest and modern safety Equipment.

"As professional craftsmen, linemen often work in hazardous situations requiring specific tools and equipment to complete their tasks safely and correctly. We are committed to developing the right resources for Pakistani linemen to help drastically improve their safety and facilitate their work." Robert Dalton, Linemen Training Expert of USAID Power Distribution Program Said.

The USAID Power Distribution Program is a four and a half year, USAID-funded program aimed at working jointly with government-owned DISCOs in Pakistan to improve their performance in terms of a reduction in losses, and improvement in both revenues and customer services, to bring them to the level of well-run utilities in other progressive countries. Through this program, the United States Government provides assistance and support to the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to reform the power sector to end the current energy crisis.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Aug 5, 2012
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