Learning and Recognition from NECA – The Voice of the Electrical Construction Industry

July 11, 2019

Harlan Electric, along with other MYR Group subsidiaries, attains NECA safety recognition; learn latest in industry safety standards, techniques, and compliance; spark NECA’s interest in our hot-stick training

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the voice of the $171 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S.

In May, safety representatives from Harlan Electric and various MYR Group subsidiaries attended the National Electrical Contractors Association’s (NECA) 2019 Safety Professionals Conference, the electrical construction industry’s premier annual safety event. Attendees received the most up-to-date information on regulation, compliance, management techniques, and standards development that impact safety and health in our industry.

MYR Group Regional Training Director Mike McClure presented the 2019 Electrical Transmission and Distribution (ET&D) Partnership Quarterly Refreshers and Continuing Education breakout session. As a founding member of the Partnership, MYR Group representatives have been instrumental in working 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 sparked interest from non-members, 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.

I think safety starts at the top, with a culture that is hard to teach and train. We want to show our employees that we are here to teach it and preach it from the top all the way down.
Kenny Whipple
Sturgeon Electric District Manager
Las Vegas, NV

“I always come away with great information to share with my group and a few new contacts as well”, said Harlan Electric Regional Safety Manager Jim Foley.  “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,” he added. Harlan Electric Safety Manager Mike Lyons was a first-time attendee and was impressed with the variety of topics available. “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.”

Sturgeon Electric Las Vegas Safety Manager Kodi Green and District Manager Kenny Whipple were impressed with the guest speakers various learning 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,” said Green. “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.”

A Visit from NECA Executives
As a result of discussions at the conference, NECA CEO David Long became interested in the energized work training program we provide employees since there are numerous “no hot work” policies currently in effect among customers and potential clients. Along with Mr. Long, we invited NECA President and COO of Rosendin Electric Larry Beltramo and NECA Safety Director Wes Wheeler to visit Denver and learn more about the program. Kenny Whipple and Sturgeon Electric District Manager Bryce Perkins and Regional Safety Manager Zach Valdez assisted with the meeting. The meeting was a success, and we are planning to teach a breakout class on energized work at next year’s convention to be held in Scottsdale, AZ.

CLICK HERE to view a recap of the event!

NECA Safety Achievement Program Recognition
On May 26, NECA announced the winners of the 2019 Recognition of Safety Achievement Program. We’re pleased to announce that the following Harlan Electric district office attained recognition for safety performance in 2018:

Rochester Hills, MI (T&D)