June 11, 2019 Industry Powerhouse Honors MYR Group Subsidiaries for Safety Excellence
JUNE 11, 2019
NECA CONFERENCE INCLUDES ET&D PARTNERSHIP REFRESHERS AND CONTINUING ED SESSION WITH MYR GROUP SAFETY PRO AND SPARKS INTEREST IN OUR HOT-STICK TRAINING
May was a big month for safety representatives from various MYR Group subsidiaries, bookended by two big events from the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA): the 2019 National Safety Professionals Conference (NSPC) and the 2019 NECA Safety Achievement Program Recognition.
The following MYR Group subsidiary district offices attained the following recognition for safety performance in 2018:
Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. (Sturgeon Electric)
- Las Vegas (C&I)*
- Auburn, Wash. (C&I)*
- Phoenix, Ariz. (C&I)*
- Phoenix, Ariz. (T&D)
- Tucson, Ariz. (C&I)
- Henderson, Colo. (C&I)
- Henderson, Colo. (T&D)
E.S. Boulos Company (E.S. Boulos)
- Auburn, Maine (T&D)
- Westbrook, Maine (C&I)*
The L.E. Myers Co. (L.E. Myers)
- Decatur, Ill. (T&D)
- Pasadena, Texas (T&D)
Harlan Electric Company (Harlan Electric)
- Rochester Hills, Mich. (T&D)
*Recognition of Achievement of Zero Injury
PREMIER SAFETY EVENT
Known as the electrical construction industry’s premier annual safety event, the NSPC offered attendees up-to-date information on regulation, compliance, management techniques, and standards development that impact safety and health in our industry.
This year’s conference was held May 15-17 in San Antonio, Texas.
MYR Group Regional Training Director Mike McClure presented the 2019 Electrical Transmission and Distribution (ET&D) Partnership’s Quarterly Refreshers and Continuing Education breakout session.
As a founding member of the partnership, MYR Group representatives work with industry stakeholders to improve safety for workers through the development and reinforcement of safety best practices for the line construction industry.
Mike’s session highlighted the success of the partnership’s efforts to significantly reduce injury in the industry and stressed compliance with continuing education for all partnership members, Harlan Electric Regional Safety Manager Jim Foley.
Harlan Electric Regional Safety Manager Jim Foley said he always leaves the session with valuable information to share with his group and a few new contacts.
“Although the sessions are geared more toward inside electrical-related topics, they always have plenty for the outside folks and plan to expand the offerings for the line side,” Jim said.
First-time attendee Mike Lyons, Harlan Electric’s safety manager, was impressed with the variety of topics the event covered.
“I really enjoyed the sessions on identifying and preventing workplace violence and human performance, as well as seeing all the newest safety products displayed at the vendor forum,” he said.
Sturgeon Electric Las Vegas Safety Manager Kodi Green and District Manager Kenny Whipple were impressed with the guest speakers and the numerous opportunities to sharpen their occupational safety and health knowledge.
“The opportunity to learn from the industry’s top experts and share how we can make our operations safer, more efficient, and more profitable is priceless,” Green said. “Learning about important topics such as NFPA changes and how human behavior impacts risk and safety culture were especially valuable to me. We’ve already begun communicating information and implementing new ideas learned at the conference with our crews.”
VISIT FROM NECA EXECS
During the conference, NECA CEO David Long learned of the energized work training program we provide employees. Because “no hot work” policies are in effect among customers and potential clients, he was intrigued and accepted the offer to visit Denver to learn more about the program.
Long was joined in Denver by NECA President Larry Beltramo, COO of Rosendin Electric, and NECA Safety Director Wes Wheeler. Kenny Whipple, Sturgeon Electric District Manager Bryce Perkins, and Regional Safety Manager Zach Valdez helped with the meeting. As a result, MYR Group subsidiaries plan to teach a breakout class on energized work at next year’s convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.
To watch a short conference recap, click here.