TEC68TH ANNUAL LOSS CONTROL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
March 17-20, 2014 | Renaissance Austin Hotel
Monday, March 17
11:00 a.m. Registration/Information Center Open
Plaza Foyer
1:00 p.m. Scholarship Golf Tournament
Avery Ranch Golf Club
Tuesday, March 18
7:30 a.m. Registration/Information Center Open
Plaza Foyer
8:30 a.m. Opening General Session
Rio Grande Exhibit Hall B
Welcome
Neil Hesse, Chair
TEC Loss Control Committee
General Manager, Cooke County ECA
If You Can’t Stand Up, Stand Out
Mike Schlappi, Motivational Speaker,
Gold Medalist and Author
9:15 a.m. Loss Control Update
CLCP Award Presentation
Danny Williams, Loss Control Manager
Texas Electric Cooperatives
9:50 a.m. Ray Pantel Award Presentation
Danny Williams, Loss Control Manager
Texas Electric Cooperatives
10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:20 a.m. Breakout 1:
Safely Working On or Near Railroad Property
Buck Russel, Manager of Public Safety
Union Pacific Railroad
Trinity
Breakout 2:
OSHA – 1910.269 Updates
Joann Natarajan, Compliance Assistance
Specialist, OSHA
Sabine
Breakout 3:
A Look at SafeElectricity.org
Kyla Kruse, Communications Director
Energy Education Council
San Antonio
11:05 a.m. Shuffle Break
11:15 a.m. Breakout 1:
Safely Working On or Near Railroad Property
Buck Russel, Manager of Public Safety
Union Pacific Railroad
Trinity
Breakout 2:
OSHA – 1910.269 Updates
Joann Natarajan, Compliance Assistance
Specialist, OSHA
Sabine
Breakout 3:
A Look at SafeElectricity.org
Kyla Kruse, Communications Director
Energy Education Council
San Antonio
Noon Lunch on Your Own
1:30 p.m. Breakout 4:
Building an Effective Safety Improvement Plan
Bud Branham, Director of Safety Programs
NRECA
San Antonio
Breakout 5:
Believe It or Not, You’re in PR
Karen Moore, Vice President Energy Services
and Public Relations
Baldwin EMC, Alabama
Sabine
Breakout 6:
Department of Transportation
Updates: TxDOT Audits, Utility Right of Way,
Truck and Pole Hauling
Jesse Cooper, Map, Survey, Utility Section
Director, Right of Way Division
Texas Department of Transportation
Trinity
2:15 p.m. Shuffle Break
2:30 p.m. Breakout 4:
Building an Effective Safety Improvement Plan
Bud Branham, Director of Safety Programs
NRECA
San Antonio
Breakout 5:
Believe It or Not, You’re in PR
Karen Moore, Vice President Energy Services
and Public Relations
Baldwin EMC, Alabama
Sabine
Breakout 6:
Department of Transportation
Updates: TxDOT Audits, Utility Right of Way,
Truck and Pole Hauling
Jesse Cooper, Map, Survey, Utility Section
Director, Right of Way Division
Texas Department of Transportation
Trinity
3:30 p.m. Exhibitor Reception
Rio Grande Exhibit Hall B
5:30 p.m. Evening on Your Own
Schedule continued on reverse
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Wednesday, March 19
7:30 a.m. Registration/Information Center Open
Ballroom Foyer
8:15 a.m. Guest Special Event
Capitol and Governor’s Mansion Tours
Meet at Loss Control table in Ballroom Foyer
8:30 a.m. General Session
Presiding: Mark Rollans, Vice Chair
TEC Loss Control Committee
General Manager/CEO, Medina EC
Ballroom A
Lifesaving Awards
Bailey County ECA and Cooke County ECA
Industry Update
Mike Williams, President/CEO
Texas Electric Cooperatives
9:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:00 a.m. Lifesaving Awards
United Cooperative Services and Bandera EC
Maintaining a Safety Culture CEO Panel
Moderator: Bud Branham, Director of Safety
Programs, NRECA
Panelists:
Jerry Boze, General Manager/CEO
Trinity Valley EC
Neil Hesse, General Manager
Cooke County ECA
Ron Hughes, General Manager
San Patricio EC
11:30 a.m. Awards Lunch
Presiding: Danny Williams
Rio Grande Exhibit Hall B
1:30 p.m. General Session continued
Presiding: Mark Rollans, Vice Chair
TEC Loss Control Committee
General Manager/CEO, Medina EC
Ballroom A
Being a Difference Maker:
The Power of Personal Influence
Kendall Bush, Safety Instructor
Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives
Travis Garner, Lineman
Warren RECC, South Central Kentucky
2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:15 p.m. Lifesaving Awards
Wood County EC and Swisher EC
Safety Aspects of Restoration
Buff Whitten, General Manager
Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative
4:00 p.m. Adjourn
5:00 p.m. Dinner and Scholarship Auction
Auctioneer: Larry Ogden, Director of Member
Services, Lighthouse EC
Rio Grande Ballroom B
Thursday, March 20
7:30 a.m. Registration/Information Center Open
Ballroom Foyer
8:30 a.m. General Session
Presiding: Neil Hesse, Chair
TEC Loss Control Committee
General Manager, Cooke County ECA
Ballroom A
Legislative Update
Eric Craven, Senior Vice President
Government Relations and Legal Affairs
Texas Electric Cooperatives
9:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
9:45 a.m. Don’t Rest on Your Laurels
Billy Harbin, General Manager
Lighthouse EC
10:15 a.m. Safety: A Way of Life
Tony Williams, Member Services Manager
Coleman County EC
10:45 a.m. Photo Contest Winner and Grand Prize
11:00 a.m. Adjourn
THANK YOU TO OUR EXHIBITORS
Altec Industries
Arbor Metrics Solutions
Baldwin EMC
Cotton Electric Services
Energy Reps
Environmental Consultants
ETI (Technology Equipment)
Green Equipment
HD Supply Power Solutions
Inertia Engineering
Insurance Network of
America
Irby Tool & Safety
JJ Kane Auctioneers
J.H. Davidson & Associates
JM Test Systems
Jones Power Products
L.H. Dottie Company
Osmose Utilities Services
Pelco Products
Power Reps
Solomon Corporation
T&D PowerSkills
TEC Education & Training
TEC Loss Control
TEC Manufacturing &
Distribution Services
Tech Safety Lines
Techline Tools
Texas Co-op Power
Texas Lineman’s Rodeo
Association
Total Truck & Trailer
Trees, Inc.
Trusty Construction
UCO Equipment
Utility Restoration Services
Utility Sales Agents of North
Texas
Vivid Learning Systems
THANK YOU TO OUR CONFERENCE SPONSORS
GOLD: TEC Business Alliance Program
SILVER: Insurance Network of America
TEC Manufacturing & Distribution Services
T&D Solutions
BRONZE: Clay Richardson Construction
Cooke County ECA
J.H. Davidson & Associates
Utility Sales Agents of North Texas AND TO OUR BOOSTER CLUB
Altec Industries and NISC
TEC SAFETY SEASON
Plan To Attend Loss Control Conference
SPRING 2014
Plan to attend the 68th
Annual Loss Control Conference
next month in
Austin. TEC and the Loss
Control community convene
every year to reinforce the
importance of safety in the
workplace through instructional
presentations and a
trade show featuring the latest
advancements in the field,
such as tools and equipment.
Lifesaving awards are
presented, and other safety
achievements and milestones
are recognized. The
Loss Control Conference,
March 18-20 at the The
Austin Renaissance Hotel,
also raises money for the
Loss Control Scholarship
Program with a golf tournament and auction.
“The conference is a time when people can concentrate on safety
issues they may have at their organization and find solutions from
the safety programs that are presented at the conference,” said
Danny Williams, TEC’s Loss Control manager. “It also gives them an
opportunity to see what other organizations are doing with their
safety programs.”
NEW THIS YEAR
We’ve heard your requests and have added breakout sessions to this
year’s conference. Topics include Building an Effective Safety
Improvement Plan and updates on Chapter 18, OSHA 1910.269 and
TxDOT rules. Also new in 2014 is the awards lunch where we’ll celebrate
safety achievements.
SCHEDULING NOTE
The golf tournament, at the Avery Ranch Golf Club, will be held
Monday, March 17, and the conference begins Tuesday. Proceeds
from tournament registrations and the sale of mulligans go to the
Loss Control Scholarship Program.
AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED
The annual auction, which also benefits the scholarship program,
features a pair of 4-by-4-foot paintings created by Stephen Fishwick
at the 2013 TEC Annual Meeting. Fishwick is a performance artist
who speed-painted an eagle against the Texas flag and a lineman
against a sunset.
Loss Control also welcomes donations of items for this important
fundraiser. Consider contributing items such as knives, jewelry, and -
arts and crafts. Bring items to the conference and help the youths in
our community with college expenses.
REGISTRATION
Registration for the conference is underway. More than 400 people
attended the conference last year and helped raise almost $30,000
for the Loss Control Scholarship Program.
SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
Monday, March 17
Scholarship Golf Tournament
Tuesday, March 18
If You Can’t Stand Up, Stand Out, motivational presentation by
Olympic gold medalist Mike Schlappi
Breakout Sessions
Exhibitor Reception
Wednesday, March 19
Industry Update from TEC’s Mike Williams
Maintaining a Safety Culture CEO Panel
Awards Lunch
Being a Difference Maker: The Power of Personal Influence
Safety Aspects of Restoration
Dinner and Scholarship Auction
Thursday, March 20
Legislative Update
Don’t Rest on Your Laurels
Safety on the Line
Photo Contest Winners and Grand Prize
LOSS CONTROL
School Schedule—Page 2 Meet Warren Huggins—Page 3 Ice Storm Hazards—Page 4
These original 4-by-4-foot paintings created by renowned speedpainter Stephen Fishwick at the TEC Annual
Meeting will be among the many one-of-a-kind items up for bid at the scholarship auction.
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Texas Standouts at
International Lineman’s Rodeo
Leading Practices Showcase
Two journeyman teams from Farmers EC finished in the top five
among co-ops at the International Lineman’s Rodeo in October at
Overland Park, Kansas. Mitch Kellogg, Craig Anderson and Shawn
Santana took third place out of 32 teams. Andy Williams, Andrew
Hathcoat and Don Bland placed fourth.
The Pedernales EC team of Joab Moritz, Derek Morgan and Eric
Bitzko was sixth, and the Guadalupe Valley EC team of Derek Ranft,
Zach Land and A.J. Noriega was seventh.
Kendal Fiebrich of Bluebonnet EC finished 12th out of 42 apprentices
in the co-op division. Mark Jobb of GVEC finished fourth
among 219 competitors from all divisions in the Apprentice CPR
competition.
Tell Us What You Think and Win $100
Complete our online survey by Febuary 14 and become
eligible to win a $100 Cabela’s gift card.
This issue marks the beginning of the second year of Safety Season, a
quarterly newsletter drawing attention to safety issues and the TEC Loss
Control Department’s dedicated work instructing member electric co-ops
and others in the industry. The goal of Safety Season is to raise safety
awareness in the workplace and encourage all employees to develop a culture
of safety at work and at home.
We’ve offered advice on how to work and play safely in cold and hot
weather. We’ve warned about the dangers of distracted driving. We’ve
provided tips on fire prevention and preparing for tornado season, which
in Texas can be year-round. We’ve told you about apps that put safety and
first-aid information at your fingertips. We’ve reported on the Texas Lineman’s
Rodeo and the Loss Control Conference. We’ve shared the personal
stories of lifesavers. We’ve kept you abreast of the Loss Control schools
and offered safety news, updates and tips.
But we know we can do more. We want Safety Season to be an essential
part of your ongoing efforts to stay on top of safety concerns. So
please tell us how we’re doing and what we can do better.
Click here to complete the survey: surveymonkey.com/s/safetyseason.
—Tom Widlowski, editor
Still Time To Enter Photo Challenge
The Loss Control Photo Challenge is a competition open to all
employees of electric cooperatives, municipal electric utility and
contractors participating in the TEC Loss Control program. Photos
will be judged by popular vote open to 2014 Loss Control Conference
attendees.
The theme is Power Restoration and the entry deadline is February
28. First-, second- and third-place winners will be announced
March 20 at the close of the Loss Control Conference.
For full details, see the Winter 2013 issue of Safety Season on the
TEC website or contact Tami Knipstein at tknipstein@texas-ec.org.
2014 TEC LOSS CONTROL SCHOOLS
Digger Operator Training School
May 19-23, Merkel
September 8-12, Gonzales
Hotline 1-4 School
May 19-23, Merkel
June 2-6, Greenville
September 8-12, Gonzales
October 6-10, Levelland
October 20-24, Livingston
Metering School
March 4-7, McGregor
April 1-4, Livingston
June 24-27, Tahoka
July 22-25, Gonzales
October 14-17, Merkel
OSHA 30-Hour School
June 2-6, Sinton
Pole Climbing School—Advanced
March 11-14, Gonzales
Pole Climbing School—Basic
April 8-11, Gonzales
June 10-13, Tahoka
October 14-17, San Augustine
Regulator Recloser Capacitor School
February 11-14, Tahoka
June 17-20, Livingston
July 8-11, McGregor
August 12-15, Gonzales
RESAP On-Site Observer
Training School
April 29-30, Merkel
October 30-31, Georgetown
Transformer School
February 18-21, Gonzales
March 25-28, Merkel
April 8-11, Tahoka
August 19-22, Livingston
Troubleshooting School
February 25-28, Livingston
April 22-25, Merkel
May 13-16, McGregor
September 16-19, Tahoka
Underground School
May 5-9, Quitman
June 9-13, Gonzales
August 26-29, Levelland
September 29-October 3, McGregor
Cace Lawless and Wendy Regan, Farmers EC, participated in the
Leading Practices Showcase at the NRECA Safety Leadership Summit
held October 29-31 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. The
Leading Practices Showcase provided an opportunity for co-op leaders
to share safety improvement initiatives with other co-ops from
across the nation and recognize employees’ efforts for contributions
toward safety improvements.
Class sizes are limited; register early. Details about each school are on the
TEC website.
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Danny Williams, Loss Control Manager
(512) 413-0509, dwilliams@texas-ec.org
Tami Knipstein, Program Coordinator
(512) 486-6271, tknipstein@texas-ec.org
Phillip Henricks, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(806) 438-0067, phenricks@texas-ec.org
Warren Huggins, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(512) 773-7664, whuggins@texas-ec.org
B.J. Varnadore, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(512) 573-9333, bvarnadore@texas-ec.org
David Nance, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(512) 804-6748, dnance@texas-ec.org
Joe Snyder, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(817) 526-2237, jsnyder@texas-ec.org
Curtis Whitt, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(512) 694-0232, cwhitt@texas-ec.org
Ronnie Wiggins, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(512) 709-1177, rwiggins@texas-ec.org
Tom Widlowski, Editor
(512) 486-6246, twidlowski@texas-ec.org
Please submit your suggestions, comments
and story ideas for Safety Season to
twidlowski@texas-ec.org.
STAFF
Meet Warren Huggins
By TOM WIDLOWSKI
Warren Huggins has been involved with
electric cooperatives all his adult life, except
for brief jobs with a paving company and a
pipe company right after graduating from
Franklin High School.
Huggins was born in Houston and moved
to Franklin his sophomore year. His co-op
career started at Navasota Valley EC in 1982.
He joined TEC as a Loss Control specialist in
2006, covering mainly West and North Texas.
Huggins, 52, lives with wife Jill in Caldwell,
where he enjoys his horses. The Hugginses
have six children between them and two grandchildren,
who Huggins says have joined hunting
and fishing as his favorite hobbies.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
Oh, I have no idea. I’m sure I wanted to
be a fireman or something like that when
I was a little kid. I just know that when I got
out of high school, I didn’t know what I
wanted to do.
You eventually became a loss control specialist. Why?
The training part always intrigued me.
You never want to see anybody get hurt. For
24 years, I was on the other side, sitting in on
all the training sessions.
I make it a conversation. It’s important to
talk about the dangers of the job. I can
remember being on a job, and something
came up, and I said, “Wait a minute. We just
talked about that.”
I just got finished telling a group, “This
job is hazardous, but it doesn’t have to be
dangerous. The hazards are always there.
Start skipping on safety procedures or equipment,
and it becomes dangerous.”
What’s the best advice you ever received?
I was brand new at the co-op. It was my
first time at a substation, and the foreman
said, “The most important thing you need to
remember when you get here is to open all of
the gates so if something goes wrong you can
get out quickly.”
What scares you?
Well, I don’t like snakes, but as long as I
can see them I’m OK. It’s when I can’t see
them that it’s a problem.
Can you tell us something about yourself that most
people probably don’t know?
I love to cook, but a lot of people know
that. I like to see people enjoy what I cook.
Are you Mr. Safety at home, too?
I try to be. Sometimes I’ll be doing something
at home, and my wife will say, “Tell me
again what your job is.” I try to make sure she
doesn’t have a reason to say that.
What’s the most important lesson you share as a
safety instructor?
One of the biggest things we fight is complacency.
We have accident discussions, and I
always ask the guys to talk about their co-ops
and incidents that happen—and how do we
keep them from happening again.
One of the things I’m proudest of is that I
was a lineman for 24 years, and I had 24 years
without a lost-time accident. That doesn’t
mean there weren’t incidents, and sometimes
I’d wonder how did I keep from getting hurt,
and it was by the grace of God.
Look, people make mistakes. Sometimes
things go wrong. But if you use the cover-up
and wear the protective gear like you’re supposed
to, and you make a mistake, you should
be OK.
What’s your favorite movie?
“Lonesome Dove.” That and all of the old
John Wayne cowboy movies.
Who inspires you?
My wife, because she’s my biggest fan and
supporter, and I’m hers. She’s always telling
me, “You can do this.”
New Loss Control Specialist
Byron J. “B.J.” Varnadore joined TEC as a Loss Control specialist.
Varnadore comes to TEC from the City of Liberty,
where he worked in the electric department for 29 years.
“I started out on the slope mower and graduated to the
garbage truck. Nice, right?” says Vernadore, 58, who lives in
Liberty. “I helped out the electrical department during Hurricane
Alicia in 1983 and found a love for this type of work and
was asked to join the department shortly after.
“I have always been safety-oriented, and I am very
excited about joining the team at TEC.”
TEC Partners with
SafeElectricity.org
TEC is happy to announce a partnership with Safe
Electricty.org. This partnership will allow TEC Loss Control
to expand the existing library of safety materials currently
available for safety meetings at participating organizations.
The seven TEC Loss Control specialists who conduct more
than 950 safety meetings per year will have new and compelling
real-life examples to share with other organizations
that emphasize the importance of a safety culture on and
off the job.
Safeelectricty.org is part of the Energy Education Council,
an internationally recognized leader in providing a wealth
of safety, efficiency and renewable energy information to its
members.
Warren Huggins
‘Focus on safety. A wandering
mind is a dangerous thing!’
—Danny Williams, TEC Loss Control manager
THINK ABOUT IT
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Hazards of Ice Storms
Repairing downed or damaged power lines entails many of the tasks involved in installing
and removing overhead lines and in general maintenance. The crucial difference is that in
such emergency conditions unknown hazards arise, as does the potential for quickly changing
hazards. Under these conditions, workers must be extra vigilant and cautious.
The National Safety Council urges workers to be alert for these hazards:
▪ Electrocution by contacting downed energized lines or contacting objects such as broken
tree limbs in contact with fallen lines
▪ Falls from heights
▪ Being struck or crushed by falling poles, towers or other equipment, tree limbs, or ice
accumulation on lines, towers and poles
▪ Being injured in vehicular accidents when responding to an emergency situation
▪ Burns from fires caused by energized line contact or equipment failure
Everybody who comes across
downed power lines should assume all
power lines are energized and stay well
clear of them. Only properly trained
electrical utility workers should handle
damaged power lines.
Workers should first assess the hazards
to minimize the chances of exacerbating
the situation. Ideally, the
lines involved should be de-energized,
but this might not be possible in all
situations.
Clearing downed trees, which can
block public roads and damage power
lines, is an important job during ice
storms, when the risk of being injured
by chain saws and chippers is heightened.
Proper PPE (personal protective
equipment)—including gloves, chaps
and protection for your feet, eyes, ears
and head—should be worn by workers
using such equipment.
Only appropriate power equipment
built to be used outdoors and in wet
conditions should be used. All saws,
chippers and other tools should be used
properly and according to their intended application. It is important that all equipment is
well-maintained and functioning correctly. In addition, all equipment should have proper
guarding, working controls and other safety features as installed by the manufacturer.
DRIVING ON ICE: A QUICK REMINDER
The general advice for driving on icy roads is: Don’t do it. Electric utility workers have no
choice. Consider these tips from edmunds.com before heading out:
▪ Make sure you can see. Replace windshield wiper blades. Apply a water-shedding material
(such as Rain-X) to the outside of all windows, including the mirrors. Make sure your
windshield-washer system works and is full of an anti-icing fluid. Keep the insides of your
windows clean.
▪ Beware of “black ice.” If the road looks slick, it probably is. This is especially true with one
of winter’s worst hazards: black ice. Also called “glare ice,” this is nearly transparent ice that
often looks like a harmless puddle or is overlooked entirely. Test the traction with a smooth
brake application or slight turn of the wheel.
▪ Know your roads. Remember where icy conditions tend to occur. Bridges and intersections
are common places. Prepare for turns and hills.
Drowsy Driving
Can Be Deadly
Sleepiness exposes drivers to the same
perils as impairment from alcohol or drugs.
Your reaction time slows. You become less
aware of what you’re doing and what’s going
on around you. Your judgment is diminished.
The results can be fatal.
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration estimates that 2.5 percent of
fatal crashes involve drowsy driving. The
agency reports other alarming statistics:
• 37 percent of drivers surveyed admitted
to falling asleep at the wheel at some point.
• 8 percent admitted doing so in the past
six months.
• 60 percent admitted falling asleep while
driving on an interstate-type highway with
posted speeds of 55 mph or higher.
The drivers at highest risk are: third-shift
workers, people who drive long distances
each day, those with unrecognized sleep disorders
and those prescribed medication with
sedatives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
list these warning signs of drowsy
driving:
• Yawning or blinking frequently.
• Difficulty remembering the past few
miles driven.
• Missing an exit.
• Hitting rumble strips or Botts dots, the
round raised markers that help mark lanes of
traffic.
If you experience any of these warning
signs, pull over to rest or change drivers. Simply
turning up the radio or opening the window
are not effective ways to keep you alert.
Utility workers who spring into action to repair
downed power lines face additional hazards when ice
and fallen trees are part of the work scene.
PETIT JEAN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, ARKANSAS
More than a third of drivers admit they have
fallen asleep behind the wheel.
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TEC68TH ANNUAL LOSS CONTROL CONFERENCE March 17–20, 2014
TENTATIVE AGENDA
Monday, March 17
11:00 a.m. Registration/Information Center Open
1:00 p.m. Scholarship Golf Tournament
Avery Ranch Golf Club
See information below.
Tuesday, March 18
7:30 a.m. Registration/Information Center Open
8:30 a.m. Opening General Session
Welcome
Neil Hesse, Chair
TEC Loss Control Committee
General Manager, Cooke County ECA
If You Can’t Stand Up, Stand Out
Mike Schlappi, Motivational Speaker,
Gold Medalist and Author
9:15 a.m. Loss Control Update
CLCP Award Presentation
Danny Williams, Loss Control Manager
Texas Electric Cooperatives
9:50 a.m. Ray Pantel Award Presentation
Danny Williams, Loss Control Manager
Texas Electric Cooperatives
10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:20 a.m. Breakout 1:
Railroad Commission—Chapter 18 Updates
Buck Russel, Manager of Public Safety
Union Pacific Railroad
Presiding: David Nance
Breakout 2:
OSHA – 1910.269 Updates
Joann Natarajan, Compliance Assistance
Specialist, OSHA
Presiding: Phil Henricks
Breakout 3:
A Look at SafeElectricity.org
Kyla Kruse, Communications Director
Energy Education Council (EEC)
Presiding: Warren Huggins
11:05 a.m. Shuffle Break
11:15 a.m. Breakout 1:
Safely Working On or Near Railroad Property
Buck Russel, Manager of Public Safety
Union Pacific Railroad
Presiding: David Nance
Breakout 2:
OSHA – 1910.269 Updates
Joann Natarajan, Compliance Assistance
Specialist, OSHA
Presiding: Phil Henricks
Breakout 3:
A Look at SafeElectricity.org
Kyla Kruse, Communications Director
Energy Education Council (EEC)
Presiding: Warren Huggins
GOLF INFORMATION
Monday, March 17, 2014
Tee Time: 1:00 p.m.
Avery Ranch Golf Club, 10500 Avery Club Drive,
Austin, TX 78717, (512) 248-2442
Fee: $110 (Includes two drink tickets, green fee, cart,
buffet lunch and a donation to the Loss Control
Scholarship Fund.)
Notes: Collared shirts, soft spikes. No denim.
Spouse participation is encouraged.
TEC68TH ANNUAL LOSS CONTROL CONFERENCE March 17–20, 2014
TENTATIVE AGENDA continued
Tuesday, March 18 continued
Noon Lunch on Your Own
1:30 p.m. Breakout 4:
Building an Effective Safety Improvement Plan
Bud Branham, Director of Safety Programs
NRECA
Presiding: Curtis Whitt
Breakout 5:
Believe It or Not, You’re in PR
Karen Moore, Vice President Member Services
and Public Relations
Baldwin Electric Cooperative
Presiding: Danny Williams
Breakout 6:
Department of Transportation
Updates: DOT Audits, Utility Right of Way,
Truck and Pole Hauling
Jesse Cooper, Right of Way Division
Texas Department of Transportation
Presiding: Ronnie Wiggins
2:15 p.m. Shuffle Break
2:30 p.m. Breakout 4:
Building an Effective Safety Improvement Plan
Bud Branham, Director of Safety Programs
NRECA
Presiding: Curtis Whitt
Breakout 5:
Believe It or Not, You’re in PR
Karen Moore, Vice President Member Services
and Public Relations
Baldwin Electric Cooperative
Presiding: Danny Williams
Breakout 6:
Department of Transportation
Updates: DOT Audits, Utility Right of Way,
Truck and Pole Hauling
Jesse Cooper, Right of Way Division
Texas Department of Transportation
Presiding: Ronnie Wiggins
3:30 p.m. Exhibitor Reception
5:30 p.m. Dinner on Your Own
Wednesday, March 19
7:30 a.m. Registration/Information Center Open
8:15 a.m. Guest Special Event
Capitol and Governor’s Mansion Tours
See information below.
8:30 a.m. General Session
Presiding: Mark Rollans, Vice Chair
TEC Loss Control Committee
General Manager/CEO, Medina EC
Industry Update
Mike Williams, President/CEO
Texas Electric Cooperatives
9:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:00 a.m. Maintaining a Safety Culture CEO Panel
Moderator: Bud Branham, Director of Safety
Programs, NRECA
Panelists:
Jerry Boze, General Manager/CEO
Trinity Valley EC
Neil Hesse, General Manager
Cooke County ECA
Ron Hughes, General Manager
San Patricio EC
11:30 a.m. Awards Lunch
GUEST SPECIAL EVENT
Wednesday, March 19, 8:15 a.m.
Tours of the Texas Capitol
and Governor’s Mansion
8:15 a.m. Meet in lobby and load bus
8:30 a.m. Leave hotel
9:00 a.m. Tour Capitol and Governor’s Mansion
11:00 a.m. Bus back to hotel in time for awards lunch
Note: Guests are welcome at all conference events; please
register accordingly.
TEC68TH ANNUAL LOSS CONTROL CONFERENCE March 17–20, 2014
TENTATIVE AGENDA continued
Wednesday, March 19 continued
1:30 p.m. General Session continued
Presiding: Mark Rollans, Vice Chair
TEC Loss Control Committee
General Manager/CEO, Medina EC
Being a Difference Maker:
The Power of Personal Influence
Kendall Bush, Safety Instructor
Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives
Travis Garner, Lineman
Warren RECC, South Central Kentucky
2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:15 p.m. Safety Aspects of Restoration
Buff Whitten, General Manager
Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative
4:00 p.m. Adjourn
5:00 p.m. Dinner and Scholarship Auction
Thursday, March 20
7:30 a.m. Registration/Information Center Open
8:30 a.m. General Session
Presiding: Gary Nietsche
Loss Control Committee Member
General Manager, Fayette EC
Legislative Update
Eric Craven, Senior Vice President
Government Relations and Legal Affairs
Texas Electric Cooperatives
9:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
9:45 a.m. Don’t Rest on Your Laurels
Billy Harbin, General Manager
Lighthouse Electric Cooperative
10:15 a.m. Safety on the Line
Tony Williams, Member Services Manager
Coleman County Electric Cooperative
10:45 a.m. Photo Contest Winners and Grand Prize
11:00 a.m. Adjourn
SCHOLARSHIP AUCTION
We hope you will join us for the Scholarship Auction. The
auction will be full of one-of-a-kind items and all proceeds
are used to provide educational scholarships. Two highlights
of this year’s auction are these original 4x4-foot
canvases created at the TEC Annual Meeting.
If you would like to donate an auction item to benefit the
Loss Control Scholarship Fund, please email Tami Knipstein
at tknipstein@texas-ec.org. Bring auction items to the Loss
Control Conference Registration/Information Center.
EXHIBITOR AND SPONSOR REGISTRATION FORM Click here to register online.
For sponsors and exhibitors to be included in the program and on event signage, registration
must be submitted by March 5, 2014. To also be included in the conference app and conference
reminder materials, registration must be submitted by February 14.
Please print clearly. (One registration form per attendee. Duplicate as necessary.)
Name Badge Name
Title Company
Address City State ZIP
Phone Email
REGISTRATION
•TEC Business Alliance Program Member $425/person $475/person
•Nonmember Registration $525/person $575/person
•Wednesday Awards Lunch $45/person $55/person
(Must be registered for conference to attend.) (Ticketed event)
•Wednesday Reception, Dinner & Auction $70/person $85/person
(Must be registered for conference to attend.) (Ticketed event)
SPONSORSHIPS
All sponsors who sign up by March 5 will be acknowledged in the official
meeting program, on signage placed at registration and will receive special
recognition on badges and during breaks and general sessions.
•Gold Sponsorship $3,000
•Silver Sponsorship $2,000
•Bronze Sponsorship $1,000
•Booster Club $500
•Golf Hole Sponsorship $100
To sponsor a specific event or for information on Platinum Sponsorship,
please contact Esther Dominguez at edominguez@texas-ec.org or
(512) 486-6211.
EXHIBITS
Exhibits are on March 18. Exhibit fee includes registration fee for one
attendee. Exhibitors must complete and return Exhibitor Logistics Form.
•Business Alliance Program Member Inside Exhibit $595
•Business Alliance Program Member Outside Exhibit $595
•Nonmember Inside Exhibit $795
•Nonmember Outside Exhibit $795
DOOR PRIZES
•Will donate a door prize and bring to the conference.
Will donate (TEC will provide the cash prizes and invoice accordingly):
•One •Two •Three •Four $100 Cash prizes
GOLF
•Individual Golf Registration $110/person $150/person
(Must be registered for conference to participate.)
•Foursome Golf Registration $600/team $700/team
(Must be registered for conference to participate.)
If registering for a foursome, please email the desired team member names
to tknipstein@texas-ec.org.
TEC68TH ANNUAL LOSS CONTROL CONFERENCE March 17–20, 2014
Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd., Austin, TX 78759 | (512) 343-2626
Before After
Feb. 24 Feb. 24
Before After
Feb. 24 Feb. 24
Cancellation policy: All changes or cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellations must be received by March 8 to receive a refund.
Signature Company
Register online or fax completed form to (512) 763-3378. For additional information, contact Esther Dominguez at (512) 486-6211.
EXHIBITOR LOGISTICS FORM
All exhibitors must submit a completed Exhibitor Logistics Form.
Company Name
Attendees
Exhibit fee includes registration for one attendee; additional attendees are required to pay a separate registration fee.
1. 5.
2. 6.
3. 7.
4. 8.
Primary contact
Address
City State ZIP
Phone Cellphone
Email
What general product/service line will you promote?
Special requests for exhibit space:
•Electrical Outlet •Internet Access
•Other
Inside exhibit policies
• Each exhibit will have one 6-foot, draped table with two chairs.
• Exhibits will be limited to tabletop displays. Exhibitors MUST conform to this space requirement. There will be no exceptions
to this policy, so please plan your exhibit accordingly.
• The exhibit room will be available for setup at noon, Tuesday, March 18.
• Exhibits must be removed by 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18.
• Exhibit tables will be preassigned, and you will find the tables marked by company name. Do not change table signage.
Note: If you will be exhibiting any heavy and/or oversized equipment, please note that in the Special Requests section
above. We must have that information to assist the hotel with making the necessary arrangements.
Fax completed form to (512) 763-3378. For additional information, contact Esther Dominguez at (512) 486-6211.
TEC68TH ANNUAL LOSS CONTROL CONFERENCE March 17–20, 2014
Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd., Austin, TX 78759 | (512) 343-2626
TEC SAFETY SEASON
Culture of Safety
Conference celebrated accomplishments, warned of hazards and offered
array of strategies, equipment and safe electricity
SUMMER 2014
Frank discussions about lapses in safety
punctuated the prevailing message that
safety must be part of an organization’s
culture during TEC’s 2014 Loss Control
Conference, held March 17-20 at the
Renaissance Austin Hotel.
In addition to recognizing achievements
and lifesaving acts from the past year, the 411
attendees—mostly co-op safety managers
and linemen—received updates on the TEC
safety division’s operations and had the
opportunity to attend more than a dozen
training and motivational sessions. A trade
show with 39 exhibitors presented the latest
in industry equipment and services. A golf
tournament and a record $42,715 raised during
the live and silent auctions helped contribute
to the Loss Control Scholarship
Program.
TEC Loss Control Manager Danny
Williams presented Life Saving Awards to
nine co-op employees and singled out three
longtime members of the safety community
LOSS CONTROL
Stay Safe at Home and Work—Page 2 Scholarship Winners—Page 2 Meet Phil Henricks—Page 3
Larry Hawthorne, left, director of construction at Jasper-Newton EC, and Joe Snyder, center, a TEC
Loss Control specialist, received Ray Pantel Meritorious Service Awards. Bryan Chandler, right,
operations manager for Heart of Texas EC, received the Unsung Hero Award.
OSHA Update
Agency issues final rule revising standards
for electric power generation, transmission
and distribution work
From the American Public Power Association
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
in April released a final rule revising its
workplace safety standards for workers performing
electric power generation, transmission
and distribution work. OSHA said it is revising
the 40-year-old construction standard for electric
power line work to make it more consistent
with the corresponding general industry standard
and is also making some revisions to the
construction and general industry requirements.
The updated standards for general industry
and construction include new or revised provisions
for host and contract employers to share
safety-related information with each other and
with employees, as well as for improved fall protection
for employees working from aerial lifts
and on overhead line structures, OSHA said. In
addition, the standards adopt revised approachdistance
requirements to better ensure that
unprotected workers do not get dangerously
close to energized lines and equipment, the
agency said. The final rule also adds new requirements
to protect workers from electric arcs.
Starting April 1, 2015, qualified workers must use
fall protection when climbing or changing location
on poles, towers or similar structures unless
fall protection is infeasible or creates a greater
hazard, OSHA said. Work-positioning equipment
must be rigged so that workers can freefall no
more than 0.6 meters (2 feet).
The final rule revises general industry and
construction standards for electrical protective
equipment, OSHA said. The new standard for
electrical protective equipment applies to all
construction work and replaces the existing
construction standard, which was based on outof-date
information, with a set of performanceoriented
requirements consistent with the latest
revisions of the relevant consensus standards.
The new standards address the safe use and
care of electrical protective equipment, including
new requirements that equipment made of
materials other than rubber provide adequate
protection from electrical hazards.
OSHA Clarification
OSHA has clarified some information about the
Digger Derrick Exemption discussed at TEC’s
Loss Control Conference in March. For details,
contact the presenter, Joann Natarajan, at
natarajan.joann@dol.gov.
LIFE SAVING
Kody Green, Bailey County ECA
Bobby Angermiller, Bandera EC
Don Davis, Bandera EC
Eric Johnson, Cooke County ECA
Warren Sicking, Cooke County ECA
Henry Cruz, Swisher EC
Randy Gore, Swisher EC
Joe LoPalo, United Cooperative
Services
Wesley Price, Wood County
MILLION MAN-HOUR
Rusk County EC: 1,079,465
NO LOST-TIME
Lamar County EC: 5 years
Navarro County EC: 5 years
San Patricio EC: 6 years
Rusk County EC: 7 years
Fannin County EC: 12 years
City of Brownfield: 25 years
J-A-C EC: 25 years
City of Fredericksburg: 28 years
GE SAFETY ACHIEVEMENT
Rusk County EC
RESAP SAFETY ACCREDITATION
Bandera EC
Big Country EC
Central Texas EC
Farmers EC
Guadalupe Valley EC
Karnes EC
San Patricio EC
Taylor EC
Wharton EC
2013 TEC LOSS CONTROL AWARDS
continued on Page 4
SAFETY SEASON SUMMER 2014
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Stay Safe At Home and Work
Now is the Time to Review Your Safety Checklist
From flipping a light switchto plugging
in a phone charger, we use electricity
every day, and we oftentimes take it
for granted. May is National Electrical
Safety Month, and June is both Home
Safety Month and National Safety
Month, so take the time to learn more
about electricity and steps that can be
taken to help ensure its safe use.
Use this checklist to protect yourself
and loved ones—indoors and out:
▪ Never force plugs into outlets.
▪Check outlets for loose-fitting
plugs. Replace missing or broken wall
plates so wiring and components are not
exposed. If you have young children at home, install tamper-resistant outlets
or cover unused outlets with plastic safety caps.
▪Check periodically for loose wall receptacles, wires or lighting fixtures.
Listen for popping or sizzling sounds behind walls. Immediately shut off,
then professionally replace light switches that are hot to the touch, as well
as lights that spark or flicker.
▪ Do not remove the grounding pin (third prong) to make a plug fit a
two-prong outlet.
▪Avoid overloading outlets with adapters and too many appliance plugs.
▪ Make sure cords are not frayed or cracked, placed under carpets or
rugs, or located in high-traffic areas.
▪ Do not nail or staple electrical cords to walls, floors or other objects.
▪ Use extension cords only on a temporary basis—not as permanent
household wiring.
▪ Make sure outlets in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, workshop, basement
and garage are equipped with ground-fault circuit interrupters
(GCFIs). Test them monthly.
▪ Make sure fuses are properly sized for the circuit they are protecting.
If you do not know the correct rating, have an electrician identify and label
the correct size to be used. Always replace a fuse with the same size you are
removing.
▪ If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse, trips a circuit breaker or has
given you an electrical shock, immediately unplug it and have it repaired or
replaced. Look for cracks or damage in wiring and connectors. Use surge
protectors to protect electronics.
▪ If there are electrical issues in your home, make sure to call a professional
to make the repairs.
▪Teach children to stay away from electric utility equipment. Never
enter a substation; do not play on pad-mounted transformers; and fly kites
safely away from overhead power lines.
▪ If power lines are down or sagging, stay away. Warn others to stay
away, and call the co-op or utility company.
▪When working outside, keep yourself and equipment at least 10 feet
away from power lines and service connections.
▪Always look up for power lines before using long tools like pruning
poles and ladders.
▪When trimming trees, be aware that broken or dislodged branches
may have also become tangled in overhead electric lines or pushed the wire
closer to the ground.
▪ Do not use electric yard tools if it is raining or the ground is wet.
53 Students Win Scholarships
TEC will award 53 scholarships this fall to 2014 graduating high school seniors.
The students earned their $600 scholarships based on application criteria
that included a 300-word essay on one of three topics related to electric coops.
Applicants also submitted letters of recommendation; details about their
job experience; and details about their involvement in extracurricular activities
at school, churches or in the community.
Students were eligible to enter if they are children of electric cooperative,
electric municipal or contractor employees who participate in TEC’s Loss
Control services, and if they will graduate from high school or receive a GED
equivalent in 2014.
2014 TEC LOSS CONTROL SCHOOLS
Digger Operator Training School
May 19-23, Merkel
September 8-12, Gonzales
Hotline 1-4 School
May 19-23, Merkel
June 2-6, Greenville
September 8-12, Gonzales
October 6-10, Levelland
October 20-24, Livingston
Metering School
June 24-27, Tahoka
July 22-25, Gonzales
October 14-17, Merkel
OSHA 30-Hour School
June 2-6, Sinton
July 7-11, Dilley
Pole Climbing School—Basic
June 10-13, Tahoka
October 14-17, San Augustine
Regulator Recloser Capacitor School
June 17-20, Livingston
July 8-11, McGregor
August 12-15, Gonzales
RESAP On-Site Observer
Training School
October 30-31, Georgetown
Supervisor/Foreman
Training School
July 29-31, Dilley
Transformer School
August 19-22, Livingston
Troubleshooting School
May 13-16, McGregor
September 16-19, Tahoka
Underground School
May 5-9, Quitman
June 9-13, Gonzales
August 26-29, Levelland
September 29-October 3, McGregor
Scholarship Winners
Bailey County ECA: Matthew Barron, DeAnna
Richardson
Bartlett EC: Lacy Ide
Big Country EC: Arturo Lomas
Bowie-Cass EC: Cody Davidson, Taylor
Edwards
Central Texas EC: Carley Chew, Brooke Segner
Coleman County EC: Gatlin Baker, Colton Smith
Deep East Texas EC: Kimberly Parker
HILCO EC: Destiny Brooks
Grayson-Collin EC: Annie McGinnis, Nathan
Smith
Greenbelt EC: Ashley Souders
Guadalupe Valley EC: Kymberlie Malatek,
Marissa Ramirez, Samantha Siegel
Houston County EC: Michaela Gardner
Jasper-Newton EC: Morgan Mock
Karnes EC: Kevin Bazan
Lamb County EC: Justin Bowman
Magic Valley EC: Leetoria Hinojosa, Jacqueline
Jacques, Miguel Ledesma
Medina EC: David Bautista, Gus Boehme,
Derly Carrizales Jr., Danielle Dicke
Navarro County EC: Brent Warren
North Plains EC: Seth Carson
Rusk County EC: Carlee Turner, Shelby Turner
Sam Houston EC: Haley Price, Allison Slone,
Shelby Staples
San Bernard EC: Sabrina Koerth, Andrew
Kubena, Lindsay Schomburg, Kirsten
Slovak
South Plains EC: Ashley Adams, Juan Pena,
Tanner Truitt
Southwest Texas EC: Madison Albin
Swisher EC: Rodney Brock
Tri-County EC: Dayton Murphy
United Cooperative Services: Katie Scott
Upshur Rural EC: Shaylee Fennell, Riley
Henson, Andrew Means
City of Llano: Carter Tatsch
City of Schulenburg: Zackery Kubala
Cotton Utilities: Braydon King
Class sizes are limited; register early. Details about each school are on the
TEC website.
A tangle of wires can be an
indication of overloaded extension
cords and outlets.
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Danny Williams, Loss Control Manager
(512) 413-0509, dwilliams@texas-ec.org
Tami Knipstein, Program Coordinator
(512) 486-6271, tknipstein@texas-ec.org
Phillip Henricks, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(806) 438-0067, phenricks@texas-ec.org
Warren Huggins, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(512) 773-7664, whuggins@texas-ec.org
Larry Locke, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(512) 942-9351, llocke@texas-ec.org
David Nance, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(512) 804-6748, dnance@texas-ec.org
Curtis Whitt, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(512) 694-0232, cwhitt@texas-ec.org
B.J. Varnadore, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(512) 573-9333, bvarnadore@texas-ec.org
Ronnie Wiggins, CLCP, Loss Control Specialist
(512) 709-1177, rwiggins@texas-ec.org
Martin Bevins, Vice President,
Communications and Member Services
(512) 486-6249, mbevins@texas-ec.org
Tom Widlowski, Editor
(512) 486-6246, twidlowski@texas-ec.org
STAFF
Meet Phil Henricks
By TOM WIDLOWSKI
Phil Henricks is 4½ years into his second
career, as a Loss Control specialist at TEC.
For 24 years before that, he worked for Lubbock
Power & Light, starting as a meter
reader before moving into construction and
then into the service department.
“I started there in June 1985, right out of
high school,” Henricks says. “It was a municipal
job, so I could retire after 20 years. I
retired September 25, 2009. That was a Friday.
My retirement lasted two days, until
Monday morning, when I started at TEC.”
Henricks, 47, provides training to the
cooperatives in the Panhandle and also
makes calls to Snyder and Stanton.
Henricks was born in Fort Worth and
lived in the Metroplex until he was 9, when
he moved to Lubbock. He’s lived in that area
ever since. He and his wife, Tammy, have two
sons—Kevin, 22, and Kody, 16.
Henricks, a longtime Texas Rangers fan,
likes fishing and being outdoors. To get away,
he likes heading to Ruidoso, New Mexico,
and more recently, he said, he and his wife
have discovered they like Caribbean cruises.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
That was a long time ago, you know. Probably
a policeman or fireman, kind of like any
other kid.
What excites you about being a loss control specialist?
I like being able to teach people things
that I learned through experience or in the
course of learning my job better. I think I’m a
good teacher. That’s been one of my strong
points throughout my career. I was never one
to just think, “I don’t want you knowing
more than me.” I was more like, “Here, let me
teach you.”
I think I can reach young people easily. I
think some of the older ones sometimes get
stuck in their ways. They don’t like things to
change. The younger guys are willing to soak
it all in.
What’s the best advice you ever received?
Learn something new every day. I can’t
even remember who told me that, but I try to
do it. And I pass that on to people who work
with me. Never quit learning.
What scares you?
Making my wife mad. That’s just dangerous.
I don’t like scary movies. I avoid them,
but I’m not scared of them.
Can you tell us something about yourself that most
people don’t know?
I can remember numbers and dates and
stuff like that. I’m really good at that. I have
never forgotten my wedding anniversary or
my wife’s birthday. Also, I’ve been a lifelong
Dallas Cowboys fan, but I’ve never been to a
game. I grew up in the Cowboys parking lot.
The apartments I used to live in were where
the parking lot to their new stadium is in
Arlington.
Are you Mr. Safety at home, too?
I do consider myself safe at home. I’m not
mowing in flip-flops and weed-eating in
shorts.
What’s the most important lesson you share as a
safety instructor?
Work as safely as you can. Make sure that
that you come back home the way you went
to work that day.
What’s your favorite movie?
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” It’s the movie
my wife and I saw on our first date.
Who inspires you?
A friend of mine whose name is Pat
Frazier. He was a big inspiration to me, even
when I was growing up. He worked for Lubbock
Power & Light. He was the father of a
kid I hung around with. He almost treated
me like his own son. I lost my father when
I was 9.
Snyder Retires
Loss Control Specialist Joe Snyder will retire from TEC
June 4 with 35 years of service in the electric utility industry.
He worked as a safety and training specialist for the
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service from 1992 to
2000 and then became a Loss Control specialist at TEC.
Snyder, winner of the 2014 Ray Pantel Meritorious Service
Award, reflected on his career: “Looking back over the
years that I have been with TEEX and TEC, it’s hard to see
what I have done. It’s not like building lines or repairing a
service and getting the lights back on.”
Snyder’s responsibilities at TEC have included conducting
OSHA 10- and 30-hour courses, defensive driving, CPR
and first-aid training.
Joe’s dedication and passion for teaching safety to
employees in the electric industry has affected many lives.
Larry Locke joins TEC as a Loss Control specialist. He
brings 25 years of industry experience, including work as a
safety supervisor for Isolux Corsán USA and Henkels &
McCoy, and a stint as an electrical lineman instructor at
Western Texas College.
Upcoming Rodeo
Entry fees are due June 13 for the 18th Annual Texas Lineman’s
Rodeo, scheduled for July 19 at Nolte Island Park in
Seguin. The golf tournament is set for July 17. July 18 activities
include registration, rodeo workshop, trade night and
the fish fry.
“Participating in the Lineman’s Rodeo is great experience
for us, as competitors, as well as our family and
friends,” said Mitch Kellogg, a member of the Farmers EC
team that captured first place in the overall journeyman category
in 2013. “We get to train and perfect skills we use on
a daily basis, as well as learn some new things. It’s an
opportunity for our family and friends to learn more about
what it takes to do our job and situations we run into while
trying to keep the lights on.”
Phil Henricks
“Safety culture is the foundation
of safety performance.”
—Bud Branham, NRECA director of safety programs
THINK ABOUT IT
SAFETY SEASON SUMMER 2014
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Culture of Safety continued
for special recognition. Larry Hawthorne,
director of construction at Jasper-Newton
EC, and Joe Snyder, a TEC Loss Control specialist
since 2000 who is retiring in June,
received Ray Pantel Meritorious Service
Awards. Bryan Chandler, operations manager
for Heart of Texas EC, received the
Unsung Hero Award.
But the reminders about vigilance and
safety picked up where the applause ended.
“No matter how good your safety record
is, records don’t count if you commit an
unsafe act,” said Bill Harbin, general manager
at Lighthouse EC.
Lighthouse had an astonishing safety
record:
• 1,295,495 man-hours (15 years) without
a lost-time accident as of December
31, 2012
• Winner of the GE Safety Award four
years in a row
• Continuous Safety Accreditation
under RESAP
• Winner of the 2013 Ray Pantel Award,
Safety Coordinator Larry Ogden
And yet Harbin stood before his colleagues,
struggling with his composure and
leading a session titled “Don’t Rest on Your
Laurels,” because on May 29, 2013, a Lighthouse
lineman made contact with an energized
part—probably the hot part of a
connected cutout. While his injuries weren’t
serious, the incident shattered Harbin’s
world and that of his co-op.
Harbin said he hoped that recounting the
incident would remind co-ops that focus on
safety must be ongoing. “The hazard is
always there, so you can’t forget it even for
an instant,” he said. “We do, indeed, have a
great safety program coordinated through
TEC. And that fact notwithstanding, we
must be ever-vigilant and not ‘rest on our
laurels.’ That’s the only way to keep it great.”
Tony Williams, member services manager
at Coleman County EC, presented in
emotional detail how he made electrical contact
as a lineman in 1983. He explained not
only the physical trauma—he lost part of his
right arm and part of the thumb and two fingers
on his left hand—but also the severe
anguish he felt as a husband and father of
two young children as the family endured
his recovery.
He said he feels that sharing his story can
help remind other workers in the industry
that their focus while on jobs must remain
on safety. “Linemen are a different breed of
people,” Williams said. “But a lineman’s life
has got to be a way of safety.”
Mike Williams, TEC president and CEO,
presented an industry update, noting how
the fracking boom is changing the energy
landscape in Texas. He addressed recent
news reports suggesting the nation’s entire
power grid could be blacked out for months
if as few as nine of the nation’s electric substations
were attacked in a manner similar
to an incident in 2013, in which 17 transformers
were shot out in California. He also
noted how research continues into converting
magnetic fields into electricity on a scale
that would allow appliances in a home to be
TOP: Rusk County EC’s Mike Seale, second from left, a construction crew foreman, and David
Bouchard, second from right, a first class lineman, accept the GE Safety Achievement Award. At left
is TEC’s Joe Snyder and at right is General Electric’s Dan Morgan.
BOTTOM LEFT: Bill Harbin, general manager at Lighthouse EC, struggles to explain how a lineman’s
accident involving electrical contact in 2013 devastated him and his co-op: ‘He committed his
safety plan to luck. That’s a shortcut, and it’s the kind of shortcut that can kill you.’
BOTTOM RIGHT: Tony Williams, member services manager at Coleman County EC, talks about the
day in 1983 when he made electrical contact and suffered serious injuries: ‘We were proud to be
linemen. It was not a job everybody could do.’
SAFETY SEASON SUMMER 2014
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powered without electric outlets.
For 75 years, co-ops have been meeting
challenges, Williams said, and the challenges
obviously continue. Co-ops endure
by providing safe, reliable electricity
while improving the quality of their
members’ lives, he said.
Eric Craven, TEC’s senior vice
president of government relations
and legal affairs, explained how the
March state primary elections
reflected broad voter discontent
with incumbent candidates—though
in state legislative races, most
incumbents supported by electric
co-op leaders won their races. He
encouraged co-op leaders to communicate
their needs and priorities
to their state representatives and
senators, especially if they are
newly elected, so their voices are
heard in Austin.
Breakout sessions gave conference
attendees opportunities to
learn about a range of topics, like
TEC’s new alliance with Safe
Electricity.org, safely working on or
near railroad property, building an
effective safety improvement plan,
the public relations aspects of co-op
employment, and updates from the
Texas Department of Transportation
and OSHA.
Bud Branham, director of safety programs
at NRECA, moderated a session titled,
“Maintaining a Safety Culture” with a panel
of co-op general managers.
“As all of us know, there is no silver bullet
in safety management,” Branham said. “But
if the CEO is visibly engaged in
safety performance, there is no single
greater influence on overall
improvement.”
Each of the panelists agreed and
explained their approaches to the
safety culture at their co-ops.
“We feel better working to
achieve success rather than avoid
failure,” said Jerry Boze, general
manager and CEO at Trinity Valley
EC. “Every day is an audition. People
are watching you. So give it your
best.”
“When things are going good,
you tend to look away,” said Ron
Hughes, San Patricio EC general
manager. “One of the challenges is
to not let our guard down.”
“Don’t assume people know what
you know when it comes to common
sense,” said Neil Hesse, Cooke
County ECA general manager.
Hesse said the Cooke County
ECA employees at the conference
returned home with a renewed
sense of responsibility. “It gave our
employees a ‘safety is my job’ attitude
rather than ‘it’s the safety coordinator’s
job.’ ”
Culture of Safety continued
Armando Castillo of Medina EC wins the Power Restoration Photo
Challenge with this image of a lineman at sunset.
LEFT: Jerry Boze, general manager and CEO at Trinity Valley EC, speaks during a panel discussion called ‘Maintaining a Safety Culture.’ He says, ‘Stay
the course. Keep employees engaged. Continue to establish employee input.’
CENTER: Richard Scott, reliability coordinator for Guadalupe Valley EC’s overhead electric system, checks out a hot jumper load buster tool during the
trade show, which featured 39 exhibitors presenting the latest in industry equipment and services.
RIGHT: Larry Ogden, the Member Services manager at Lighthouse EC and auctioneer, drums up a record $41,460 during the live auction.
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Q1 If You Can't Stand Up, Stand Out - Mike
Schlappi
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1 wow - what a presentation A+ 3/27/2014 6:44 PM
2 Excellent 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
3 was very inspiring 3/27/2014 6:28 PM
4 very inspirational 3/27/2014 6:00 PM
5 a motivational speaker to start a conference always sets the tone of a great conference! 3/27/2014 5:40 PM
6 Loved it!!! 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
7 Excellent speaker 3/27/2014 4:16 PM
8 awesome speech 3/26/2014 4:21 PM
9 Great motivational speaker 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
10 Did not attend 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
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Q2 Loss Control Update and CLCP Award
Presentation - Danny Williams
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1 I like the way the awards lunch went - maybe a little more time to eat and getting to be able to
face the front
3/27/2014 6:44 PM
2 Great job by Danny 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
3 Danny did good I have seen him more engaged 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
4 Did not attend 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
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Q3 Safety Working On or Near Railroad
Property Breakout Session - Buck Russel
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1 Buck did excellent job because he was a RR engineer - did the job seen it 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
2 a really good presentation 3/27/2014 6:28 PM
3 I felt this was very informational and a real eye opener 3/27/2014 6:04 PM
4 very informative, enjoyed video references 3/27/2014 6:00 PM
5 needed more on working not just X crossings 3/27/2014 4:52 PM
6 not attended 3/27/2014 4:16 PM
7 Good info 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
8 Did not attend 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
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Q4 OSHA - 1910.269 Updates Breakout
Session - Joann Natarajan
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1 Just read slides. Didn't have answers to people's questions, but did promise to follow up. 3/27/2014 6:56 PM
2 Joann a little more knowledge on our industry would have been helpful. 3/27/2014 6:44 PM
3 needs someone who knows the job 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
4 had a powerpoint but lack of knowledge to answer questions. 3/27/2014 5:53 PM
5 Doesn't seem to have many answers for the questions from the group. 3/27/2014 5:50 PM
6 After sitting through a 30 hour OSHA course, there was not many updates. 3/27/2014 5:40 PM
7 poor lady did not know much about our industry 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
8 could not answer questions asked. knew nothing about our business except 2 rules proposed 3/27/2014 4:32 PM
9 very informative 3/27/2014 4:16 PM
10 Would like current info on current issues. All she did was muddy up theater more. 3/27/2014 4:11 PM
11 couldn't answer questions 3/27/2014 4:01 PM
12 Presenter did not seem familiar with all aspects of topic being presented 3/25/2014 3:35 PM
13 Good but dry needed more 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
14 Did not attend 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
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Q5 A Look at SafeElectricity.org Breakout
Session - Kyla Kruse
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1 not a lot of info. 3/27/2014 6:56 PM
2 very informative 3/27/2014 6:44 PM
3 sales pitch 3/27/2014 5:53 PM
4 Sales pitch. 3/27/2014 5:50 PM
5 Good quality information just seems new for now. Looking forward to the use of this material in the
future.
3/27/2014 5:40 PM
6 did not like a session that was a commercial for a product. 3/27/2014 5:02 PM
7 very boring 3/27/2014 4:24 PM
8 good tool for safety programs 3/27/2014 4:16 PM
9 Slow Broken. Needed a little more direct info. 3/27/2014 4:11 PM
10 more video less talk 3/27/2014 3:45 PM
11 Did not attend 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
12 Did not attend 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
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Q6 Building an Effective Safety
Improvement Plan Breakout Session - Bud
Branham
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1 Wish I didn't miss this one. 3/27/2014 6:56 PM
2 Bud is a great speaker 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
3 Some material was a little over my head but as session went on I developed a better
understanding.
3/27/2014 6:00 PM
4 eye opening and attention grabbing. 3/27/2014 5:40 PM
5 Bud is always a good one to have 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
6 ideas on need without ways to accomplish ideas! 3/27/2014 4:52 PM
7 excellent resource 3/27/2014 4:16 PM
8 Bud is alway full of info and In site 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
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Q7 Believe It or Not, You're in PR Breakout
Session - Karen Moore
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1 great presentation - informative 3/27/2014 6:44 PM
2 Great but would like it to go a little more in depth 3/27/2014 6:22 PM
3 great information, presented well. 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
4 not attended 3/27/2014 4:16 PM
5 Excellent Speaker 3/26/2014 1:18 PM
6 Did not attend 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
7 Did not attend 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
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Q8 Department of Transportation Updates:
DOT Audits, Utility Right of Way, Truck and
Pole Hauling Breakout Session - Jesse
Cooper
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10
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24
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1 not so much for operations but would have been great for engineering group. 3/27/2014 6:44 PM
2 would like the course to cover more about pole hauling and trucks instead of TxDOT audits. 3/27/2014 6:04 PM
3 some info was good, wish it was more applicable to line work 3/27/2014 6:00 PM
4 Didn't seem to be as relevant as i had hoped. 3/27/2014 5:50 PM
5 Man had no idea of co-op business and Truck & Pole hauling even said in presentation that he
didn't know.
3/27/2014 5:19 PM
6 nothing helpful 3/27/2014 5:02 PM
7 not much info on pole hauling 3/27/2014 4:36 PM
8 didn't go over rules of pole hauling. 3/27/2014 4:32 PM
9 was for office folk. expected more geared toward operations aspects. 3/26/2014 1:22 PM
10 All about ROW regulations. 3/26/2014 1:09 PM
11 Presenter did not know anything about pole hauling and stated such 3/25/2014 3:35 PM
12 Good ROW, but dry not much on pole hauling. 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
13 Did not attend 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
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Q9 Exhibit Show and Reception
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1 good show 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
2 free beer! 3/27/2014 6:00 PM
3 Punch card creates people interrupting with out an interest in actual vendor. 3/27/2014 4:52 PM
4 need more bucket - diggers - pressure diggers 3/27/2014 4:36 PM
5 More equipment buckets diggers 3/27/2014 4:32 PM
6 excellent vendor participation 3/27/2014 4:16 PM
7 Need more exhibitors 3/25/2014 3:35 PM
8 Great setup and long enough to see it all more beer tickets ; ) 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
9 Did not attend 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
10 One of the best exhibits in years. Very organized. Loved the "passport" activity! 3/24/2014 12:54 PM
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Q10 Industry Update - Mike Williams
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1 very informative of the future of our field 3/27/2014 6:00 PM
2 Good info 3/27/2014 5:50 PM
3 Always good 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
4 always interesting 3/27/2014 4:16 PM
5 Mike always provides good I site to the industry 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
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Q11 Maintaining a Safety Culture CEO
Panel - Jerry Boze, Neil Hesse, Ron
Hughes
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1 Very interesting to see CEO's process of leadership. 3/27/2014 6:56 PM
2 I liked the concept good presentation. 3/27/2014 6:44 PM
3 They worked well together 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
4 loved the panel, great chemistry. Good material. 3/27/2014 6:00 PM
5 great job 3/27/2014 5:44 PM
6 Good information but alarming as to how the CEO's need to be more involved with everyone within
their cooperative.
3/27/2014 5:40 PM
7 great information 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
8 enjoyed CEO's thoughts 3/27/2014 4:52 PM
9 lots of good ideas 3/27/2014 4:16 PM
10 Jerry Boze - excellent co-op response - would work for this guy. Neil Hesse - good co-op response -
needs to work on presentation. Ron Hughes - fair co-op response - needs to work in response, not
very involved with safety or so it appears.
3/27/2014 3:59 PM
11 I thought it was a good way to get other I sites and perspectives from managers 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
12 Jerry's comments were great. 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
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Q12 Awards Luncheon
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1 Hard to listen to names being named off, but its necessary. Lunch was excellent. 3/27/2014 6:56 PM
2 A better sound system - hard to here @ times more time to eat 3/27/2014 6:44 PM
3 food was good 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
4 Great way to distribute the awards. 3/27/2014 6:20 PM
5 too much noise - not a good time to have awards 3/27/2014 6:10 PM
6 The meal could have been a lot better 3/27/2014 6:04 PM
7 very good 3/27/2014 5:50 PM
8 food bad 3/27/2014 5:44 PM
9 Great food 3/27/2014 5:40 PM
10 good way to present; getting used to it. 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
11 didn't attend 3/27/2014 4:16 PM
12 food was terrible 3/26/2014 4:34 PM
13 food was not good 3/26/2014 1:23 PM
14 Great Job! 3/26/2014 12:34 PM
15 Nice change good food 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
16 Love the format 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
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Q13 Being a Difference Maker: The Power
of Personal Influence - Kendall Bush,
Travis Garner
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1 I'm probably the minority on this, but it felt like church. 3/27/2014 6:56 PM
2 the best 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
3 I found it to be really really inspiring a worth getting threw 3/27/2014 6:28 PM
4 very enjoyable and influential 3/27/2014 6:04 PM
5 good 3/27/2014 5:50 PM
6 Best presentation of the conference! 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
7 Great Presentation 3/27/2014 4:39 PM
8 Best session of the conference 3/27/2014 4:24 PM
9 Hands down the best overall 3/27/2014 4:01 PM
10 great 3/27/2014 3:44 PM
11 best presentation ever seen. 3/26/2014 4:57 PM
12 Kendall Bush - very good 3/26/2014 4:12 PM
13 x10! 3/26/2014 1:05 PM
14 Great 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
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Q14 Safety Aspects of Restoration - Buff
Whitten
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6
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10 134 3.64
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1 Could have had more information or time 3/27/2014 6:44 PM
2 didn't do much on the subject 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
3 short sweet 3/27/2014 6:00 PM
4 Presenter was not very through or had much information 3/25/2014 3:35 PM
5 Not much info needed more 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
6 Sorry, this was not at all what I expected. Did not have any take aways from the session. 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
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Q15 Dinner and Scholarship Auction
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1 Good job 3/27/2014 6:44 PM
2 wow 44,000+ 3/27/2014 6:00 PM
3 auction was good, food was bad 3/27/2014 5:50 PM
4 great job 3/27/2014 5:44 PM
5 Chicken could have been used as a wheelchair. 3/27/2014 5:40 PM
6 The $50 for dinner too much $20 more with spouse. Linemen can't afford. Auction was great. 3/27/2014 5:29 PM
7 Auction - great but long. 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
8 contributors not charged 3/27/2014 4:52 PM
9 food meat dry 3/27/2014 3:44 PM
10 Auction was great food was poor 3/26/2014 4:34 PM
11 Great to have the band. 3/26/2014 1:20 PM
12 Fabulous! 3/26/2014 12:34 PM
13 Great night food was not so good 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
14 meet dry and tuff 3/24/2014 4:07 PM
15 Over the top GREAT! 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
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Q16 Legislative Update - Eric Craven
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3 139 4.12
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1 good info 3/27/2014 6:44 PM
2 good material coverage 3/27/2014 6:00 PM
3 Always good to hear what is going on in the legislature that can affect the cooperatives. 3/27/2014 5:40 PM
4 very informative 3/27/2014 5:26 PM
5 Always good to know whats going on in Austin! 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
6 very informative 3/27/2014 4:52 PM
7 Basically discussed same things as Mike Williams. Those two should of discussed one anothers
topics prior.
3/27/2014 4:24 PM
8 Had to go back and missed it 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
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Q17 Don't Rest on Your Laurels - Billy
Harbin
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1 made you think 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
2 I wish all the GMs felt the way Billy does. 3/27/2014 5:50 PM
3 a GM that truly showed his heart is with his employees1 3/27/2014 5:40 PM
4 Brought many things to mind that I need to check on at my co-op. 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
5 spoke from the heart, not from the book. 3/27/2014 4:52 PM
6 very eye opening 3/27/2014 4:39 PM
7 very heartfelt message. 3/27/2014 4:24 PM
8 Wonderful message. Best speaker at the entire conference. Powerful, sincere and very moving. 3/27/2014 3:59 PM
9 Great testimony - board members at safety meetings - fantastic! 3/26/2014 12:34 PM
10 Had to go back and missed it 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
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Q18 Safety on the Line - Tony Williams
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1 excellent!!!! 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
2 outstanding 3/27/2014 6:00 PM
3 Good message but needs to watch the time. Rabbit trails took him longer. 3/27/2014 5:40 PM
4 Great reminder of the dangers of the job! 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
5 soul searching 3/27/2014 4:52 PM
6 did a great job, but am tired of testimonials. 3/27/2014 3:59 PM
7 Wow! good job on tough deal! 3/26/2014 1:33 PM
8 Excellent 3/26/2014 1:13 PM
9 over the top testimony - one of the best ever presented. 3/26/2014 12:34 PM
10 Had to go back and missed it 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
11 Spoken from the heart and hit how important family is following an accident. 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
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Q19 Overall Conference
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1 First time and it was a positive experience. Efficiently ran. 3/27/2014 6:56 PM
2 The TEC staff has set the bar high for next year. Great job. A++ Can't wait to see what you do next
year.
3/27/2014 6:44 PM
3 The best I've been to!! 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
4 I really enjoyed being here this week and would like to come back next year. 3/27/2014 6:28 PM
5 The changes made have drastically improved the quality of this conference. 3/27/2014 6:20 PM
6 Breakout sessions were rushed and ran out of time - allow more time. Couple breakout presenters
were not very informed about their topics. Liked the new format.
3/27/2014 6:15 PM
7 very good. Like the new way it was done. 3/27/2014 6:07 PM
8 Good, need to make sure topics are relevant and not sales pitches. 3/27/2014 5:50 PM
9 was better than last year overall good job 3/27/2014 5:44 PM
10 Lots of good improvements 3/27/2014 5:42 PM
11 This conference just keeps getting better each year. It has come so far from the drunk fest that it
used to be and its due to the hard work of the TEC staff and Martin.
3/27/2014 5:19 PM
12 Excellent meeting 3/27/2014 4:58 PM
13 TEC Personel go above and beyond to make it great. 3/27/2014 4:52 PM
14 great conference with very useful information 3/27/2014 4:43 PM
15 Enjoyed the conference as a whole. 3/27/2014 4:11 PM
16 like the breakout sessions - keep it up. i like the photo contest. 3/27/2014 3:59 PM
17 great conference, room was very cold on Wednesday. I liked the "breakout" sessions on Tuesday. 3/27/2014 3:34 PM
18 enjoyed it 3/27/2014 3:17 PM
19 good 3/26/2014 4:57 PM
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20 best conference ever 3/26/2014 12:34 PM
21 I liked the new format and breakout sessions 3/25/2014 3:35 PM
22 Keep up the good work 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
23 great one, the best, liked the break out meetings 3/24/2014 4:07 PM
24 Getting better every year. Our guys got a lot from the conference. 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
25 One of the best TEC Loss Control Conferences in a long time! Hats off to the TEC staff!!! Great
Conference! Loved the items that were avaiable to buy to benefit the scholarships!!
3/24/2014 12:54 PM
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Q20 Suggested Topics for Future
Meetings:
Answered: 23 Skipped: 118
# Responses Date
1 As an accountant that's apart of our safety committee, topics that have to do with my perspective
could help. "Earning respect when you're to a lineman", eh, I'm not sure. But I did enjoy immersing
in the lineman culture.
3/27/2014 6:56 PM
2 Hours off on duty - Rest periods How does everyone do it 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
3 Speaker for the APPA Safety Manual updates/changes Grounding Lines 3/27/2014 6:24 PM
4 More topics by CEO's (panel discussions) 3/27/2014 6:20 PM
5 TxDOT roadway worker safety Salisbury - rubber goods safety TxDOT CMV rules and regulations
811 system
3/27/2014 6:15 PM
6 DOT, Accident Investigation, How to set up a safety committee 3/27/2014 6:07 PM
7 testing equipment 3/27/2014 6:00 PM
8 Block more rooms off at the hotel so everyone can stay at the same place. 3/27/2014 5:53 PM
9 Open bar or more tickets. 3/27/2014 5:50 PM
10 update oil spills need for fall arrest 3/27/2014 5:42 PM
11 Actual DOT pertaining to our industry. Spill - prevention and clean up reporting - Twila Jefferies
w/TEC/salesman (?)
3/27/2014 5:19 PM
12 Lineman who believes and practices safety to convince lineman attending to buy into safety. 3/27/2014 4:52 PM
13 more personal stories. 3/27/2014 4:24 PM
14 PCB update - Mark Pennel RCS 3/27/2014 4:19 PM
15 More direct DOT applications - on Trucks and trailers. Possibly more info on Right Of Way. More
direct application for foreman & leads & linemen to address each other & hold each accountable.
3/27/2014 4:11 PM
16 How To Conduct A Hazard Assessment - from beginning to end. Who does it, how do you do it and
the end results.
3/27/2014 3:59 PM
17 DOT Officer more like this (line pointing to question 18 Safety on the Line) 3/27/2014 3:44 PM
18 accident investigation 3/26/2014 12:43 PM
19 dress for safe work protection - clothing, jewelry PPE, etc. Additional real life testimonies. 3/26/2014 12:34 PM
20 ROW, wood poles, rubber goods, roadway worker safety, aerial devices/digger derricks, arc flash 3/25/2014 3:35 PM
21 UG 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
22 DPS officer 3/24/2014 4:07 PM
23 1) Minimum Approach Distances, 2) Conducting a real tailboard, 3) Importance of setting
friendships aside and being a leader in safety, 4) Continue with DOT compliance, 5) Continue with
OSHA compliance.
3/24/2014 1:01 PM
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Q21 Suggested Improvements for 2015:
Answered: 15 Skipped: 126
# Responses Date
1 This was my 1st time to attend. Wish on Mondays golf day that there was mani/pedi, massages or
shopping planned for gals. Maybe you have tried this & attendance was not good. Just a thought.
3/27/2014 6:46 PM
2 811 is law Why isn't it law you belong to it. 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
3 Vendors - have the auction on a night that the vendors will be there. 3/27/2014 6:20 PM
4 More vendors / exhibitors 3/27/2014 6:15 PM
5 Let Esther perform prize drawings - she makes it fun, win or lose. 3/27/2014 6:10 PM
6 Have it to where you don't have to choose to miss a breakout session. You should be able to attend
all sessions.
3/27/2014 6:07 PM
7 open bar of more tickets 3/27/2014 5:53 PM
8 Would like to see more regulatory updates. 3/27/2014 5:50 PM
9 Keep striving for the good in the conference! 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
10 Internet access included with room us. $10.00 per day. OSHA information should be more sure of
the information discussed.
3/27/2014 4:43 PM
11 keep same format 3/27/2014 3:12 PM
12 No suggested improvements - Y'all are right on track! 3/26/2014 12:34 PM
13 Keep the same formate 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
14 more vendors that bring line working equipment 3/24/2014 2:10 PM
15 I was unable to make the first day's sessions, but was told by our guys that the subjects were very
pertinent to our jobs. The 2014 conference was the best yet! Keep thinking outside the box and
you'll do great.
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Q22 Additional Comments:
Answered: 27 Skipped: 114
# Responses Date
1 Thanks a lot! 3/27/2014 6:56 PM
2 Great job - keep up the great work 3/27/2014 6:44 PM
3 Great Conf. 3/27/2014 6:36 PM
4 Monday - Thursday was a nice change. *Possibly have the conference in Corpus Christi, Tyler,
Longview, Lubbock/Amarillo.
3/27/2014 6:20 PM
5 The best conference I have been to!! Way to captivate the audience!! 3/27/2014 5:40 PM
6 Thank you for always being so helpful - always a smile as a lineman's wife - thanks for a wonderful
time - and an opportunity to learn more about what he faces on a daily basis.
3/27/2014 5:26 PM
7 I, as a spouse of a lineman, I love that you have something for us. The tour of the Capitol and Gov
Mansion was wonderful. Thank you so much for making us a part of this. You're the best!!!
3/27/2014 5:23 PM
8 I would love for the conference to be moved back to spring break week so I could bring my family. 3/27/2014 5:19 PM
9 Have Esther hand out prizes YEE HAW 3/27/2014 4:58 PM
10 TEC employees did an awesome job!!! 3/27/2014 4:43 PM
11 Best TEC Conference I've ever attended - love breakout, Mon - Fri + speakers. 3/27/2014 4:19 PM
12 Good Job TEC Loss Control Employees 3/27/2014 3:59 PM
13 Great Job 3/27/2014 3:44 PM
14 good conference 3/27/2014 3:37 PM
15 My first conference, and enjoy all guest speakers, really really awesome. 3/27/2014 3:24 PM
16 breakout session were great 3/26/2014 5:00 PM
17 missed Diane Williams and Janet 3/26/2014 4:31 PM
18 great job everyone! 3/26/2014 4:27 PM
19 overall great conference great topics 3/26/2014 4:22 PM
20 MORE BUDWIEZER!!!! 3/26/2014 1:30 PM
21 Target inviting managers!!! 3/26/2014 1:07 PM
22 I always liked the break out sessions. Glad to see them back. 3/26/2014 12:52 PM
23 Great conference, Best one ever! 3/26/2014 12:34 PM
24 It was a good conference the best one I have been to in years. 3/24/2014 8:27 PM
25 like motel 3/24/2014 4:07 PM
26 Very well organized. 3/24/2014 1:01 PM
27 Oustanding!!!! Kudos. I have heard nothing but good things about the conference. 3/24/2014 12:54 PM
Spotlight on Excellence Entry Form #464
NRECA Voting Member Classification * Statewide Associations, G&T or Service Member
Category * 15. Best Event
Entry Title * TEC Loss Control Conference
I wish to receive Judges' comments on this
entry
Yes
Entrant's Name * Charles Lohrmann
Cooperative * Texas Electric Cooperatives
Mailing Address 1122 Colorado St. 24th Floor
Austin, TX 78701
United States
Email * clohrmann@texas-ec.org
Phone Number * (512) 954-3166
Names of others (freelancers or
organizations) involved in the project, if
applicable
The event was organized and planned by TEC staf members. Local
vendors provided some logistical support as is typical of local events.
Describe your/the co-op's role in the
project *
The TEC staf planned this event and executed the plan, relying on some
local facility support.
Describe others’ role in the project
(Reference outside sources of material,
including templates; pre-existing Web tools
and apps; information from outside groups,
such as Straight Talk or Touchstone Energy;
stock photos and music, etc.) *
This was essentially a TEC staf-produced event.
Circulation or Number of People Reached *
Number of Attendees * 400
Project’s Budget * $200,000
Target Audience(s) * Staf of electric cooperatives who are involved in work where safety is a
primary concern.
Project's Objective *
Restrictions/Limitations * The restrictions of this project were based on the fact that it is a training
and educational conference.
Describe why you chose this type of social
media and how you used it *
Provide a brief summary that states the
purpose of the event, how the program was
implemented, and results and how they
were measured *
The purpose of the event was to update every participant's awareness of
safety issues and to give them the information and tools they need to
make their own workplace more safe and more successful.
Provide a brief summary that states the
purpose, how the program was
implemented, and results and how they
were measured using the RACE framework.
Each component has its own word limit
noted below.
Research *
Action *
Communication *
Evaluation *
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