Gas and Electric Distribution

K.R. Swerdfeger Construction is an industry leader in the installation of natural gas and electric distribution systems.

Gas and Electric Distribution

KRSC ensures that our employees are qualified to perform the covered tasks requested by our client pipeline facility owners. KRSC subscribes to and administers our OQ training through Midwest Energy Association’s EnergyU program. Evaluation methods and qualification criteria applied to a covered task will vary from task to task. Training will be provided, as appropriate, to ensure that individuals performing covered tasks have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform the tasks in a manner that ensures the safe operation of pipeline facilities. The evaluation method chosen for any specific covered task will include one or more of the following:

1. Online Testing through MEA’s EnergyU training program
2. Performance Evaluations (PEF’s):
– performance on the job
– on-the-job training
– simulation
– oral examination

KRSC is also a member of ISNetworld, Browz, and PICS which maintains complete and accurate OQ information on our qualified employees as well as company safety statistics, written safety programs and policies, OSHA logs, Experience Modification Rates (EMR) and current insurance certificates.

K.R. Swerdfeger Construction Inc. is committed to ensuring that our responsibilities as a contractor are in full compliance with any client pipeline facility owner’s written OQ plan.

In 1999, the DOT amended gas and liquid pipeline regulations to include Operator Qualifications (OQ) rules. The OQ Rule became effective in October 2002. The rule requires operators of pipelines to use only qualified personnel to perform key operating and maintenance work designated as “covered tasks,” regardless of whether the personnel are employed directly by the operator, or by a contractor or subcontractor. Qualified personnel must also be able to recognize and react to “abnormal operating conditions.”