Public Utilities Division Classes

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

10:15 am

Accidents in Utilities:  Is it Human Error or Something Else? (Intermediate)  Oscar Rodriguez-Franco, CIH, 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.

11:30 am

Complacency=Catastrophe (Basic-Advanced)  Keith Jenks, Owner, Keiths Korner Safety.

On July 12, 2013, Keith Jenks was involved in a near death 480v electrical explosion.  He will share his story of how the role of complacency at work and at home can have tragic results.  Keith’s brutal honesty about his attitude prior to the accident will be very moving.  During this presentation he holds nothing back from the reality of the accident.  Keith will draw a picture of a life of hard work and dedication to getting the job done.  It is with his faith, family and the support of many people he has returned to work despite having a permanent obstacle.  The presentation will contain graphic images of Keith while he was in the ICU that will not be appropriate for everyone.

1:45 pm

Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety (Intermediate) David Maloney, President, CGS Safety Training, Inc.

Explore what OSHA and MIOSHA require when it comes to the safe handling, storage and use of Compressed Gas Cylinders.  It’s Explosive!

3:15 pm

Working Safely Near Natural Gas Pipelines & Overhead Electric Lines (Intermediate)  Jeff Dickey, Public Outreach Team Member and Chelsea Dodge, Public Safety Coordinator, Consumers Energy.

Ever found yourself faced with digging near a pipeline or moving equipment near overhead electric lines?  This presentation will provide you with the different types of hazards that exist when working near these utilities, how to safely operate near them, as well as what to do when you’re faced with a natural gas leak or caught in an overhead electric line emergency.

Wednesday

9:00 am

Improving Incident Investigations via Cause and Effect (Intermediate)  Chris Eckert, President, Sologic.

When incident investigations consist solely of talking with the injured employee and completing a standardized form, real improvement rarely occurs.  Normally, everyone and everything returns to “business as usual” the next day.  When the cause and effect relationships leading up to the injury are included as part of your investigation, the deficiencies in your systems, procedures, equipment and work environment will be exposed.  When this is done, effective solutions that prevent recurrence and proactively prevent future incidents are found.

This presentation will show the technique for building cause and effect charts and why the charts are key to lasting, effective solutions.

10:15 am

Complacency=Catastrophe (Basic-Advanced)  Keith Jenks, Owner, Keiths Korner Safety.

On July 12, 2013, Keith Jenks was involved in a near death 480v electrical explosion.  He will share his story of how the role of complacency at work and at home can have tragic results.  Keith’s brutal honesty about his attitude prior to the accident will be very moving.  During this presentation he holds nothing back from the reality of the accident.  Keith will draw a picture of a life of hard work and dedication to getting the job done.  It is with his faith, family and the support of many people he has returned to work despite having a permanent obstacle.  The presentation will contain graphic images of Keith while he was in the ICU that will not be appropriate for everyone.

11:30 am

Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety (Intermediate) David Maloney, President, CGS Safety Training, Inc.

Explore what OSHA and MIOSHA require when it comes to the safe handling, storage and use of Compressed Gas Cylinders.  It’s Explosive!

1:45 pm

Working Safely Near Natural Gas Pipelines & Overhead Electric Lines (Intermediate)  Jeff Dickey, Public Outreach Team Member and Chelsea Dodge, Public Safety Coordinator, Consumers Energy.

Ever found yourself faced with digging near a pipeline or moving equipment near overhead electric lines?  This presentation will provide you with the different types of hazards that exist when working near these utilities, how to safely operate near them, as well as what to do when you’re faced with a natural gas leak or caught in an overhead electric line emergency.

3:15 pm

Stress Management for Safety (Intermediate)  Oscar Rodriguez-Franco, CIH, Lansing Board of Water and Light.

High stress levels can impair an employee’s 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.

  • Chair: Chris Wilfong, CHSP, CUSA, CompOne Administrators
  • Division:  Bruce Gasaway, The ASU Group
  • Tracy Hazel, Advanced Training and Consulting, LLC
  • Jay Jacobs, Consumers Energy
  • Dennis Kerr, Retired
  • George Schomberger, DTE Energy
  • Steven Sienko, Consumers Energy
  • Deanna Stevens, Michigan Gas Utilities
  • Chad Tolfree, Comcast Cable
Future Meeting Dates

April 16-17, 2019, Grand Rapids, MI
April 7-8, 2020, Grand Rapids, MI
April 13-14, 2021, Lansing, MI
April 12-13, 2022, Lansing, MI

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