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Danny Raines

Danny Raines, CUSP began his career in the electrical utility industry in June, 1967 in Macon, Georgia with Georgia Power Company. Served a short time in the U. S. Army in 1968-69 and is a Viet Nam era disabled veteran. Returning back to Georgia Power and worked through the steps of progression on the line crews up to First Line Supervisor in 1985, Danny was offered a position in a new unregulated part of Georgia Power as contract coordinator over contract utility crews and line clearing forestry crews in 1995. In late 1996, Danny entered Safety and Health, promoted as Supervisor, Project Manager and Corporate Safety Consultant supporting Distribution and Transmission organizations. Danny assisted in two training projects in the Middle East, in Turkey designing and implementing up an Apprentice Lineman School for Turkish Electric Authority and another design of distribution system in Syria for Al Furat Oil and Petroleum in oil field 200 kilometers in desert outside Damascus, Syria. Danny retired from Georgia Power December 1st, 2007 as the Safety Consultant for Distribution and Transmission organizations after a 40 year career and founded Raines Utility Safety Solutions, LLC. a safety consulting company. Danny is currently an Affiliate Instructor at Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta, Ga., OSHA Authorized General Industry Safety and Compliance trainer, electric utility subject matter expert in civil cases, supporting electrical contractors, Co-Ops and municipal utility companies across the US.

Pam Tompkins

Pam Tompkins is a principle instructor for the Incident Prevention Institute (iPi) and a founding member of the USOLN (Utility Safety and Ops Leadership Network). She presently serves on the executive board of the USOLN. She is a regular contributor and published author to iP (Incident Prevention) magazine.

Pam is President and CEO of SET Solutions, an organization that partners with iPi to provide workplace specific utility safety management services. She is a 40-year veteran in the electric utility industry, a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).

Pam worked in the utility industry for over 20 years and has provided electric power safety consulting for the last 20 years throughout North America, Caribbean and Central America. She has supported utilities, contractors and other organizations operating electric power systems in designing and maintaining safety improvement methods and strategies for organizational excellence. She is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP), a Certified Utility Safety Administrator (CUSA) and an OSHA authorized instructor.

Jim Vaughn

Jim Vaughn

Jim Vaughn began his utility career in the early seventies as a lineman for Florida Power and Light company. His utility credentials include journeyman lineman and foreman in transmission and distribution maintenance and construction, including hotstick, gloving and bare-hand qualification. Jim has worked in safety and training for the last 25 years with contractors and utilities across the south and western US. Jim is currently serving both as In-House SME for UBM, the parent company for Incident Prevention and as Senior Consultant for the Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction. Jim is the author of both Incident Prevention magazines regular features; 101 Train the Trainer series and the Q&A series.

Thermal Hazard Safety: Building Organizational Resilience by Improving Human Performance

Potentially catastrophic thermal hazards (arc flash and flash fire) lurk in the Utility industry. PPE Best Practices will help avoid catastrophic incidents. One of the latest schools of safety thought is centered around building resilience. Resilience is the capacity to respond, absorb, adapt and recover in a disruptive incident. Now, the main question is no longer, only, how do we prevent incidents, but rather, how well will our organization absorb and recover from the event without major injury? Most incidents are the result of human error. Everyone commits errors! The latest NFPA consensus standards provide guidance on developing human performance, uncover protective and preventative PPE best practice measures that help improve safety culture and build organizational resilience.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Utilize the latest NFPA consensus standards, (NFPA 70E) to provide guidance on developing human performance to improve the safety culture and build organizational resilience.
  • Identify some of the key human error precursors plaguing your organization’s safety program and determine human performance tool remedies to counter these error precursors.
  • Understand how various human error precursor “states” impact PPE use and how human performance tools and PPE program “best practices” help improve human performance.

Networking Lunch & Panel Discussion: Utility Line Clearance Arborist Endorsement

Exciting Industry Announcement! In 2022 the Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network (USOLN) will begin offering a CUSP certification developed specifically for workers in the utility industry providing Line Clearance /Tree Trimming services.

Hear from our experienced panelists of Line Clearance / Tree Trimming professionals who have been serving on the committee tasked with building out a dedicated Body of Knowledge and corresponding exams for this new industry certification. Share experiences and hear solutions as the industry comes together on behalf of the Line Clearance crews.

Luck Is Not A Strategy

Risky behaviors plus a little bit of luck can still get good results. How much do we rely on luck to keep us safe? What can we do to eliminate the need for luck? In this session, we will explore the role of luck in keeping us safe, encouraging risky behaviors, and giving us a false sense of comfort. We will also take a look at the big picture role of Human Performance in eliminating the need for luck and how we can know if we are lucky or good.

Learning objectives include: Recognize our daily over-reliance on luck to keep us safe Identify was to mitigate the need for luck Encourage near miss reporting and direct observations

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