Public Utilities Division Classes

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
10:15 am
Accidents in Utilities:  is it Human Error or Something Else? (Intermediate) Oscar Rodriguez-Franco, Lansing Board of Water and Light.

Human error is the most frequently cited contributory cause to accidents in the electric utility industry.  This presentation will explore human error as a consequence of latent systemic deviations rather as the direct cause of many safety incidents.

1:45 pm
Do You Believe in Safety  (Intermediate) George Smith, Employee Safety Superintendent, Kent County Road Commission.

This session will help define workplace safety as a moral imperative.  

3:15 pm
Scan and Focus – Driving Error Reduction in to the Safety Culture of Your Company (Intermediate) Doug Hill, CUSP, MSUWC-Electric Rep., Consumers Energy.

The presenter will introduce the human performance tool called Scan and Focus.  He will cover the why, the how and the practical application.  The goal is for each student to have a basic understanding of the tool and how to apply it in the field.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
9:00 am
Extracting Proactive Nuggets from your reactive RCA’s (Advanced) Chris Eckert, President, Sologic.

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is a core tool used by all safety professionals, however, when only applied reactively on injuries, opportunities for greater improvements may be missed. This presentation will share advanced use of cause and effect to deliver more accurate RCA’s in less time and will expose how proactive solutions can be discovered from reactive situations.

1:45 pm
Is Safety Really #1? (Basic-Intermediate) Michael Burns, Owner/Lead Trainer, Active Training Consultants, LLC.

Discussion will revolve around the true place of safety in workplaces and why it falls as far as it does.  The presenter will also discuss ways to change safety culture to turn this trend around, various training methods that can be used, and where to begin, as well as discuss the benefits of an OSHA 10 or OSHA 30 class for employees.

3:15 pm
Stress Management for Safety (Intermediate) Oscar Rodriguez-Franco, Lansing Board of Water and Light.

High stress levels can impair employees’ concentration, cognitive information processing, decision making, and work behavior.  The role of the supervisor, safety climate, and other contributing factors will be discussed, including mitigating strategies.

  • Co-Chair: Steven Sienko, Consumers Energy
  • Co-Chair:  Gary Maudie, DTE Energy
  • Division: Todd Burger, Local 223 UWUA, AFL-CIO
  • Tracy Hazel, Advanced Training and Consulting, LLC
  • Dennis Kerr, Retired
  • Scott Kingry, CHST, COSS, The Line, LLC
  • George Schomberger, DTE Energy
  • Steven Sienko, Consumers Energy
  • George Smith, Kent County Road Commission
  • Deanna Stevens, Michigan Gas Utilities
  • Chad Tolfree, Comcast Cable
  • Heather Tuzinowski, DTE Energy
  • Kaleb Ward, DTE Energy

Future Meeting Dates

April 13-14, 2021, Virtual Conference
April 12-13, 2022, Lansing, MI
April 18-19, 2023, Grand Rapids, MI
April 16-17, 2024, Grand Rapids, MI


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