Public Utilities Division Classes

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.

11:30 am
Complacency=Catastrophe (Basic-Advanced) Keith Jenks, 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 the presentation he holds nothing back from the reality of the accident.  Keith will draw a picture of 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
Forklift Training for Seasoned Operators (Intermediate) David Maloney, CGS Safety Training, Inc.

Using high impact pictures, videos and recent Michigan accidents, participants will gain respect and a little fear of Powered Industrial Trucks.

3:15 pm
Scan and Focus (Intermediate) James Wade, Director of Safety and Health, Steve Sienko, CUSP, and Dean Smith, CUSP, Consumers Energy.

The presenters will introduce the human performance tool called Scan and Focus.  They 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.

10:15 am
Complacency=Catastrophe (Basic-Advanced) Keith Jenks, 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 the presentation he holds nothing back from the reality of the accident.  Keith will draw a picture of 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
Forklift Training for Seasoned Operators (Intermediate) David Maloney, CGS Safety Training, Inc.

Using high impact pictures, videos and recent Michigan accidents, participants will gain respect and a little fear of Powered Industrial Trucks.

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
  • Chris Wilfong, CHSP, CUSA

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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