Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Safety Leadership, Error Reduction & Human Performance
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. Furthermore, front-line supervisors have a specific role in error reduction through leveraging their observations and knowledge of good versus bad habits, and having the courage required to establish and change work habits, including challenging leadership on safety strategies that are not resonating at the front-line.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Vehicle Safety and Distractions
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
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
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.