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Meet the Safety PDT.
Location: Courtroom M

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Safety Leadership, Error Reduction & Human Performance
Speakers: Duncan Kerr, Director of Safety, The Engine Room
Mitch Campbell, Lead Operations Foreman, Dominion Energy
It is crucial to coach foremen and supervisors to get to a level where they understand their safety role and have the skill sets and confidence in their ability to move the needle forward on safety every day. Managers and senior leaders, on the other hand, benefit from having a clear understanding of the pros, cons, and limitations of default tactics – specifically, safety messaging and formal discipline. As much as senior management may take the lead on safety strategy, it is front-line supervision that has the largest impact on safety culture, standards, and performance. Front-line employees are exposed to the greatest risk, and, as such, their immediate supervisors have the greatest potential to influence employees, habits, conditions, and practices. By setting clear expectations, observing what is really going on, focusing on the quality of safety activities and acting on observations, changing employee behavior is a realistic and tangible goal.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Vehicle Safety and Distractions
Speakers: Chris Dichard, Regional Safety Manager, Asplundh Construction Corporations
Alison Lewis, Safety Specialist, ENMAX Corporation
Harish Shukla, Safety & Health Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Vehicle safety is one of the biggest issues the utility industry is constantly dealing with. With the endless number of distractions surrounding drivers, accidents can happen at the blink of an eye. With today’s innovative technology, companies can now track driving behaviors and correct bad habits before an accident can happen. This will ultimately lead to a safer work environment and allow a company to have a better grasp on vehicle safety.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Distracted Mind & Mindfulness
Speakers: Carlos Alvarado, Employee Development Advisor, Southern California Gas Company
Bonnie Burns, Industrial Hygiene Team Lead, Southern California Gas Company
This presentation takes an in-depth look inside our distracted mind and explores the capabilities and limitations of our brain, how it gets distracted and impacts on our health, and what we can do to train our mind to focus better on the task at hand. It introduces the emerging concept of mindfulness and how it can help minimize distractions and improve focus.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Improving Fitness to Minimize Injuries
Speakers: Andrew Salvadore, Vice President of Health, Safety, and Environmental, Henkels & McCoy
Dave Coates, President/CEO, MoveSafe Inc.
This presentation highlights the importance of physical fitness and use of certified athletic trainers in helping reduce employee sprain/strain type injuries that are typically a large proportion of total injuries at WEI participating companies. Several case studies are presented to show how employees can become better fit for duty, gain increased physical strength and flexibility, reduce soft tissue injuries, and use personal attention for both work-related and non-work- related sprains/strains or other soft-tissue discomforts.  Sprains and strains have troubled the work force and safety professionals for decades. OSHA’s effort to publish and promote ergonomic improvements have met with road blocks and hurdles. The current industry specific guidelines provide some assistance but is it possible there is a silver bullet? Come and learn what is working in the heavy utility construction and maintenance work environment. Take a taste test of the “Rapid Warm Up” that replaces the hard sell Stretch and Flex. Shoulder injuries are four times more costly than back injuries and are more effectively addressed using fitness versus drugs and surgery. Olympic, Pro and College athletes have been doing it for years. Workers are saying they really like the new approach and injury rates are declining. The everyday working athlete is real and maybe the next silver bullet for safety. Come and see!