Get the latest regulatory update information about mobile equipment including the walking-working surfaces standards and how these apply to vehicles. This session will also examine the interpretation letters for dual-rated equipment and construction activity.


  • How Walking-Working Surfaces standards apply to vehicles.
  • OSHA's interpretation letter regarding dual rated equipment.
  • Recent OSHA interpretation letters on construction activity. 


Dr. Joshua T. Chard

This session will take you on a journey of understanding 120 Volt circuitry and equipment used in the United States. Along the way, we’ll take side trips into other phenomena such as lightning protection, equipment grounding and GFCI workings.  


  • Why 120 volt nominal rules make sense from a safety standpoint.
  • Identify myths you hold about electricity - and then learn how to unmask and dispel the inaccurate information.
  • Elevate your understanding through demonstrations that bring these rules to life.
  • Gain insight into debating constructively with those who hold on to these myths about 120 volt.


Mack Turner

Mack Turner, CUSP, Executive Director

Co-facilitated with Dave Johnson, CUSP, Consultant

When one reads them, safety regulations and policies can seem faceless and distant. Hear from an electrical accident survivor, and learn how personal stories can help motivate your organization to cultivate positive attitudes toward safe work practices and a culture of safety.


  • Why you must address attitudinal change in safety communications.
  • Practical ways to incorporate personal stories into your training.
  • Why a culture of safety must go beyond practices to focus on the people and the mindset that they bring to their work.


Kyla Kruse

Kyla Kruse, MA
Communications Director, Energy Education Council

Human error is often the focus of incident investigations and is seen as a key contributor to accidents. In this seminar, we will explore a new approach to understanding human error, including understanding why it occurs. This new perspective will help you break from long-standing tradition and natural impulses and recast the frustrating problem of human error into a manageable challenge.


  • How to identify different sources of human error.
  • Actions your organization can take to reduce the likelihood of human error.
  • Understand the value of employing a “systemic” view of human performance.


Phillip Ragain

Phillip Ragain, CUSP
Director of Training and Performance Improvement, The RAD Group

There is still a lot of confusion across industry regarding methods and rules for grounding for personal protection. This presentation will help you understand both the grounding requirements and the methods that will best protect employees working on overhead maintenance or stringing jobs.


  • The grounding requirements for overhead maintenance and stringing
  • The best practices for grounding for overhead maintenance and stringing


Jim Vaughn

Jim Vaughn, CUSP
Sr. Safety Manager, Global Energy Solutions Inc.

Audit? Just the thought of participating in an audit brings to mind frightening thoughts. So why would an organization want to spend time, money and resources to audit when it could be painful. To answer this question, organizations must develop a deeper understanding of using audits as an improvement tool rather than a way to monitor compliance.


  • The differences between traditional compliance audits and improvement audits.
  • Why and when a safety improvement audit should be completed.
  • What should be included in a comprehensive safety improvement audit.
  • How to use a safety perception survey and a common cause analysis to help identify specific safety culture issues and areas of vulnerability.
  • How to identify strengths and weaknesses within safety management systems, training systems and written rules and procedures.
  • How to develop an effective plan for future improvement.


Pam Tompkins

Pam Tompkins, CSP, CUSP
President, SET Solutions LLC

How would you rate your organization’s safety culture? Is it good…but not great? Have your safety values plateaued? In this session, Aldridge Electric shares details behind its quest to create an ‘Incident and Injury-Free’ culture. Learn about the IIF concept, the successes realized and the continued challenges the company faces.


  • Insight into the process of cultural change.
  • Why relationships are foundational to a strong safety culture.
  • The importance of valuing people over numbers and statistics.


Trey McLaughlin

Trey McLaughlin, CSP, CUSP
Group Safety Manager, Aldridge Electric

Co-facilitated with Aaron Gies, CSP, CUSP

Mark McKeon, CSP

Gary Coleman, CSP, CUSP

Once an incident has occurred, it’s important to determine the facts and develop a plan to ensure future incidents don’t occur. Before a plan can be developed, basic causal factors–including the root cause–must be established. Join this class for an active discussion about reviewing basic incident prevention strategies; developing a systematic investigation approach; how to determine causal factors; root cause analysis; investigation techniques; and how to write and submit a complete incident investigation report to management.  


  • How to develop a comprehensive and systematic incident investigation plan for your organization.
  • Why causal factors need to be identified prior to developing your plan.
  • What elements should be included in an investigation report to management.


Pam Tompkins

Pam Tompkins, CSP, CUSP
President, SET Solutions LLC

Improving your focus requires active, daily routines to develop the mental skill of concentration. This presentation emphasizes the core skills of ‘self-awareness’ and ‘self-regulation’ covered in the studies of emotional intelligence and neuroscience. Explore how you can improve your focus and learn new techniques for navigating through the personal and external distractions lineworkers face every day. 


  • How to define emotional quotient and emotional intelligence in line work.
  • Identify self-awareness skill-sets and competencies to improve your focus.
  • Identify personal intervention tools to improve your professional performance on the job.
  • Identify team intervention techniques you can use to increase the emotional quotient among crew members.


Parrish Taylor

Parrish Taylor
Managing Director, Taylor-Made Concepts, LLC

Could improperly designed tools be contributing to ergonomic injuries in your workplace? In this session, presenter Raffi Elchemmas reviews ergonomic injury causes and risk factors and then outlines a step-by-step process designed to recognize and reduce ergonomic injuries on the jobsite. 


  • Insight into ergonomic injury causes and risk factors 
  • How to mitigate injuries and injury risk 
  • How product testing can quantify levels of ergonomic risk – resulting in improved design and safer tools.
  • About key tool features that improve worksite ergonomics.


Raffi Elchemmas

Raffi Elchemmas, MBA, AEP
Sr. Manager, Milwaukee Tool

Learn a brief history of temporary protective grounding as well as recent OSHA guidelines that impact working practices and product. Using a simple circuit analysis, we will illustrate the impact of fault current with and without adequate protective grounding. You will gain a greater understanding of the potential hazardous that impact your workers when inadequate ground sets are employed. Equipotential grounding will be presented, with detail about the products needed to achieve an equipotential zone for your linemen. 


  • Why managing your equipotential grounding is so crucial - and the products you should use to achieve an equipotential zone for your linemen
  • More about potential hazards to workers when inadequate ground sets are employed.
  • What fault current and resistance is and how to keep your team safe
  • How OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 impacts linemen


Jeff Kopp

Jeff Kopp
Safety Products Product Manager, Hubbell Power Systems/Chance

Get a better understanding of a broad range of hazards and the recommended mitigation strategies to effectively and safely perform work in underground high-voltage electrical vaults. This session shows you how to integrate confined space concepts with practical methods of energy control inside vaults and interconnected spaces. You’ll also learn how to perform step evaluation of hazards and how to implement proper controls within specific vault configurations. 


  • How to identify the associated hazards of working in energized vaults
  • Insight into known circuit failure modes and the critical interventions needed
  • How you can catalog spaces for the purpose of grouped risk assessments.
  • How to develop functional rescue methods


Chris Grajek

Chris Grajek, CRSP, CUSP
Director HSE - Work Methods, Allteck Line Contractors Inc.

There is still a lot of confusion across industry regarding methods and rules for grounding for personal protection. This presentation will help you understand both the grounding requirements and the methods that will best protect employees working on substation or underground system operations jobs.


  • The grounding requirements for substation or underground system operations
  • The best practices for grounding for substation or underground system operations


Jim Vaughn

Jim Vaughn, CUSP
Senior Safety Manager, Global Energy Solutions, Inc.

Does your organization implement safety initiatives that work one year, but fail the next? Are you having difficulty finding solutions to safety issues at your organization that are effective? If you answered yes to either of the above, this is a session you’ll want to attend. Ted Granger taps into his vast utility leadership experience and Six Sigma knowledge to provide you with a strategy for sustaining safety success at your organization.


  • Insight into numerous leading safety indicators and how to effectively manage with them.
  • An overview of the analytical tools, work methods, improvement initiatives and best practices that safety professionals can use to help improve safety performance.


Ted Granger

Ted Granger, CUSP, CSSBB
Granger Management Consultants

Workers have "dealt with" hazards in their working environment for years. Frequently, they are recognized, thanked and promoted for "getting the job done in spite of the hazards." This session will explore how managers and supervisors must facilitate a safety culture that empowers employees to stop work activities if/when they encounter hazards as well as how to address the hazards effectively and proactively.


  • Why recognizing AND addressing hazards in the workplace prior to starting work is important.
  • How supervisors can facilitate and encourage workers to identify and address hazards
  • Insight into training techniques that promote hazard recognition and resolution.


Richard Cole

Richard Cole, CPT, Ed.D.
Human Performance Subject Matter Expert, HOPE Consulting, LLC

Robert Buckingham

Co-facilitated with Robert Buckingham, CUSP

This presentation will cover the fundamentals of the Frontline Incident Prevention module.  Incident Prevention outlines the components that should be included in an effective safety and health management system with an intense focus on hazard identification; risk tolerance; and hazard prevention and control.  You have probably heard people say “work safe” or “be safe”.  This course explains how to do that and empowers you to help lead incident prevention efforts in your organization.


  • Discuss the components that should be included in an effective safety and health management system.
  • Recognize and mitigate factors that influence risk tolerance such as normalization of deviance, assumptions, biases, habits, and mental strain.
  • Identify existing and potential workplace hazards.
  • Apply the hierarchy of controls to mitigate hazards to the fullest extent possible.


David McPeak

David McPeak, CUSP
Director of Professional Development, Incident Prevention Institute

Learn how to coach and correct your team member’s performance behaviors with this fun, interactive session. Through role-plays, scenarios, walk-throughs and group discussion, you’ll learn different methods for maintaining the success of your great employees and influencing your poor performing employees to improve.


  • How to effectively manage employee issues
  • Why documentation is important
  • Ways to maintain trust during awkward or difficult conversations
  • About the importance of face-to-face time with your team


Sam Holt

City of Tallahassee - Utility Training Analyst

Do you know the history of utility cover up? How did current work practices evolve from working energized conductors from pole? In this session, presenter Danny Raines expands upon his recent iP Magazine article, “Voice of Experience: OSHA’s MAD Changes and a Missed Opportunity” to highlight concerns about the Standard requirements. 

Did OSHA miss a chance to amend the MAD requirements in order to ensure that minimum regulations will improve safety in industry?


  • Insight into regulations on distribution voltages and gloving of energized conductors and equipment
  • Proper distribution cover-up, including the path to ground
  • Lessons learned from improperly covered potentials & grounds


Danny Raines

Danny Raines, CUSP
Raines Utility Safety

Does your organization’s safety program have limited success and longevity? Do you share the frustrations of employers/employees alike who are disillusioned with the myriad of rules and carrot-stick programs meant to improve safety culture? There is a more effective way. This session will show you how an effective safety program connects the work an employee does each day back to what truly matters: the quality of his/her life, security for his/her family, and the satisfaction of a job done right the first time with the ability to go home unharmed every day.


  • Why rules and carrot-stick safety initiatives have short-lived success.
  • What the true purpose of safety should be in employee's minds.
  • Understand the seven fundamental principles of successful safety programs.


Jesse Hardy

Jesse Hardy, CSP & CET
VP- HSE, Supreme Industries

Often, safety violations, injuries and property damage that make national news headlines are caused by contractors and subcontractors working with the utility. Learn why utilities are being held responsible for subcontractor safety performance and what you can do to safeguard your organization in ways that will minimize incidents, risk, citations and bad PR.


  • How OSHA determines if your company is a “citable employer” under the multi-employer work-site rules.
  • Best practices that utility companies use to evaluate subcontractor safety performance and identify the “safe” subcontractors.
  • How project-specific safety plans can ensure that your contractors plan their work, analyze hazards and prevent foreseeable incidents.
  • How a California electric utility, with multiple lines of business, manages its successful contractor safety program.


David Paoletta, MS, CSP, CUSP
Consultant/Sr. Project Manager, SCM Safety Inc.

This presentation will cover the fundamentals of the Frontline Safety Leadership module which teaches anyone, regardless of their position, is a safety leader if and when they take correct safety actions.  This course explains what it means to be a safety leader and helps improve your leadership skills.


  • Identify behaviors and characteristics great safety leaders have in common
  • Discuss how to communicate effectively, build relationships, coach, and provide feedback.
  • Explain how to adapt your leadership style to people and circumstances.
  • Understand how culture is created in an organization, lead change, and resolve conflicts.


David McPeak

David McPeak, CUSP
Director of Professional Development, Incident Prevention Institute

This session will demonstrate how normalization of deviance and situational awareness affect the way employees recognize and mitigate problems they encounter in everyday work.


  • An explanation of situational awareness and how it is applied in utility work and public safety.
  • A definition of normalization of deviance and how it contributes to developing bad practices in the workplace.
  • How to apply expanded tailboard imaging as a tool to improve situational awareness.


Doug Hill, CUSP, SCT
Consumers Energy

Co-facilitated with Dan Pfeffer, CUSP

Nate Waters, CUSP

If your organization is experiencing too many driving-related incidents, this is the session for you. ComEd will share its safe driving program and how it has inspired its employees to “treat driving with the respect it deserves.” Learn how the initiative was launched, how it was implemented, and the success it has created.


  • Information about how a safe driving plan is implemented through a campaign, education, technology and training
  • Insight into the results the initiative can have on a utility organization

stephen franker

Stephen Franker, CUSP
Sr. Safety Specialist,ComEd/Exelon

Research shows 95 percent of workers struggle to hold their coworkers accountable for worksite and job safety—which leads to avoidable incidents. Through case studies, videos and exercises, you will learn how to restore workplace safety by holding everyone in the organization accountable regardless of position.


  • Methods to hold any person accountable regardless of power or position
  • How to master accountability discussions while maintaining positive relationships. 
  • Proven strategies to improve workplace safety.


Steve Willis

Steve Willis
VP of Professional Services, VitalSmarts


Have you relied on GIS data for a work assignment and quickly noticed a mapping issue? While it is inconvenient to have to reroute, GIS errors are rarely the cause of incidents. However, poor GIS data quality can certainly play a critical role in adverse decisions that lead up to an incident. To illustrate this point, we will examine two real world scenarios and highlight the role GIS played in the decisions that led up to the incidents.


  • Why good GIS records management—as well as quality control of GIS records and processes—is critical to your safety.
  • Why the “trust but verify” approach is necessary.
  • How to establish a method for your field workers to report GIS system errors and ensure these errors are corrected.


Richard Koch

Richard Koch, BSIT in Software Engineering
GIS Specialist, FirstEnergy

As the utility workforce ages, it is more important than ever for employees to focus on maintaining healthy muscle tone and flexibility and work smart to prevent future injury to muscles, joints and discs. Learn the best approach to coaching your aging workforce toward better injury prevention by exploring utility case studies that identify risks.


  • The root causes of injuries to muscles, joints and discs
  • Practical ways to prevent injuries
  • How to coach your aging workforce to prevent personal injuries 


Dr. James Clapper

Dr. James Clapper, DC
Injury Prevention Professional, Future Industrial Technologies

Do you have questions about the proper operation of cranes? This session will provide the answers including why proper certifications and qualifications are vital to crane operation safety. Together, we will review load chart interpretation, crane operation principles and the meaning of subpart CC. Lastly, we will study various crane incidents and learn how these could have easily been averted.


  • How to set up and properly operate cranes
  • The differences between ASME B30.5 and ANSI A92.2
  • Why you should utilize cranes to hoist personnel
  • Why you should have an A/D director and Lift Director


Gary Tellish

Gary Tellish, CSP, CET, CUSP
Safety Manager/Training, Quanta Services, Inc

Learn about OSHA’s fall hazards and risks assessment requirements as well as how to determine the best hazard-mitigating, 100% fall protection approach for your organization. You will also learn about the various fall protection systems associated with working from poles, towers, substation structures, station transformers and equipment, catenary structures, aerial lifts and ladders.


  • How to perform a fall risk assessment.
  • Understand the requirements for an effective fall protection program including training.
  • Determine the best approach to various fall hazards.
  • Identify the component parts to a personal fall protection system (PFAS).


Lee Marchessault

Lee Marchessault, CUSP
President, Workplace Safety Solutions, Inc.

This presentation will cover the fundamentals of the Frontline Human Performance module.  The course establishes the need for safety by design and defense in depth because people will make mistakes.  Topics covered include identifying error likely situations and utilizing Human Performance tools to reduce errors and manage controls.  


  • Identify error likely situations during work planning.
  • Discuss how to predict, manage, and eliminate error likely situations through safety by design.
  • Explain how to establish defense in depth aimed at eliminating consequential errors.
  • Understand how to apply appropriate Human Performance tools based on performance mode


David McPeak

David McPeak, CUSP
Director of Professional Development, Incident Prevention Institute

Do you know the differences between traditional lockout/tagout and switching and tagging on T&D systems? Do you fully understand OSHA’s new requirements for switching and tagging procedures? If you answered “no” to either of the above, this is the session for you. Presenter Skip Holloway will explain why you need an effective switching and tagging process as well as show you how to develop one.


  • More about OSHA’S 1910.269(m) “De-energizing lines and equipment for employee protection”
  • Specific terms and definitions for T & D procedures required for de-energizing, isolating, tagging and grounding to perform de-energized work
  • What it takes for a worker to be considered a “qualified employee”
  • Details and insight about required training


Skip Holloway

A.J. “Skip” Holloway, CUSP  
Sr. Consultant, SET Solutions LLC

With the advent of the digital age, there has been significant change in the way we ingest and store information. Unfortunately, a large majority of classroom and training yards in our industry continue to use the outdated model of one instructor lecturing to multiple students. How does this approach undermine your training efforts? This course examines how digital training can significantly increase your training efficiency and knowledge retention.


  • How you assimilate information in various learning environments
  • Why online and distance learning is beneficial
  • Methods to close the gaps in your traditional training program and improve its’ efficiency


Ryan Schenk

Ryan Schenk, COSS
Sales Manager, T&D PowerSkills, LLC

Jerry Havens

Co-facilitated with Jerry Havens, COSS,
Director of Member Services, T&D PowerSkills, LLC

This presentation will cover the fundamentals of the Frontline Safety Leadership module which teaches anyone, regardless of their position, is a safety leader if and when they take correct safety actions.  This course explains what it means to be a safety leader and helps improve your leadership skills.


  • Identify behaviors and characteristics great safety leaders have in common
  • Discuss how to communicate effectively, build relationships, coach, and provide feedback.
  • Explain how to adapt your leadership style to people and circumstances.
  • Understand how culture is created in an organization, lead change, and resolve conflicts.


Mack Turner

Mack Turner, CUSP
Executive Director, ISPC

This session examines recent arc flash standard changes and the effect these have on companies’ electrical safety programs.  Also included is a review of field accident investigations, with a focus on avoidable PPE & program failures. These incidents highlight the importance of a properly implemented arc flash safety compliance program.


  • New Arc Flash standards in ASTM F18
  • NFPA 70E changes which affect arc programs.
  • How PPE Performance Compliance requirements may affect PPE specifications.
  • Why proper safety compliance program implementation helps companies avoid PPE & program failures
  • Field Audit and program audit requirements in OSHA 1910.269 and NFPA 70E.


Hugh Hoagland

Hugh Hoagland
Sr. Consultant, ArcWear

This insightful presentation will show you how to use a sports medicine approach for your organization’s “working athletes” in a way that creates injury-preventing ergonomic processes. Through the use of data gathering, project management and body mechanics, you’ll learn how to create a reduced injury rate at your organization.


  • How a sports medicine approach will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your ergonomics program
  • The basics of an effective ergonomic assessment & data collection process
  • How to find incident-reducing success through team facilitation, goal setting, project management and solution identification


Tony Kaczkowski

Tony Kaczkowski, MHCA-MLS, LAT/ATC, CEES
President, InSite Health, LLC

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