Training Track Courses

Inspiring Safety: A Widow's Tale of Courage (included in all Rodeo Training Track Registrations)
Inaugural Keynote

7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

On August 26, 2002, Marc Moore, a City of Lakeland lineworker, was killed in the line of duty. His courageous widow, Tracy Moore, has raised her two boys — 16 months old and 4 years old at the time of the accident — kept Marc’s memory alive, and strived hard to bring honor to lineworkers across the nation and promote their safety. Hear Tracy’s story and be inspired by her passion for safety. Understand how a tragedy impacts family, friends and co-workers. Learn why it’s important for lineworkers to ensure their own safety as well as that of their brothers’.

Speaker: Tracy D. Moore, Founder of Highline Hero Foundation

Lessons Learned from Safety Missteps

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

We’ve all had missteps that may have resulted in employee injuries, equipment damage, power outages. But do we learn from them? Do we act to prevent future incidents? Join this course to learn from safety incidents at other utilities like yours. Find out how to institute positive change for incident prevention. Learn how to take ownership of near misses and establish dialog with coworkers to prevent near misses from escalating into incidents, injuries, or fatalities.

Instructor: Marc Machacek, Regional Safety Coordinator, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, Plymouth, Minn.

Inside the Voltage Regulator: Safety First

8:30 am – 10: 30 am

See the inside of a voltage regulator and learn how you can work on each part with proper safety precautions. Review the main components that enable an induction and step regulator to adjust voltage. See how a voltage detector and line drop compensator work and understand time delay, limit switches, reduction control, and first house voltage protector. Learn about inspections, control checks, and how to place or remove a voltage regulator from service.

*This course is ideal for distribution lineworkers and technicians who work on substation equipment.

Instructors: Craig Batchelor, Safety & Training Specialist, ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., Raleigh, N.C.

If It’s Not Grounded, It’s Not Dead
10:45 a.m. – 12: 45 pm

Learn how to safely work on a verified, properly de-energized, tested, and grounded system circuit. Review steps to effective grounding in underground and overhead systems to protect yourself and coworkers from an accidental energization of the circuit you’re working on. See how to use proper personal protective equipment, place the OCR on one shot reclose, identify the phases to be worked on, remove the affected circuit from the system, be mindful of back feed from secondary sources, test the conductor to be worked on, and properly installing the grounds to the affected conductor.

Instructor: Shane St. Clair, Regional Safety Coordinator / JTS Instructor, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, Plymouth, Minn.

Equal Potential Grounding Demonstration by: Brad Evans, Senior Territory Manager, Fort Worth, Texas, Russell Hall, P.E., Territory Manager, League City, Texas, and Andy Tuten, Safety Products BU Demonstrator, Centralia, Missouri, Hubbell Power Systems