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Welcome! Our 2016 program provides an overview of the educational opportunities and highlights of this year’s event. 
We want to thank you for your commitment to safety and making a difference in your workplace. We look forward to supporting you on your journey to become an even more successful safety advocate in the fall. Sincerely, the AUSA Board

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Tuesday, November 8


Breakfast - Sponsored by Young Power Equipment
Breakfast sponsored by Young Power Equipment. Time for coffee and mingling. 

Tuesday November 8, 2016 7:00am - 8:00am


Tuesday November 8, 2016 7:00am - 12:00pm


Welcome and Housekeeping Items
Tuesday November 8, 2016 8:00am - 8:10am


Latest on OSHA
Chuck Keller returns to give us the latest updates on OSHA from a local and federal perspective.

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Chuck Keller

Partner, Snell & Wilmer
Chuck Keller is a partner at Snell & Wilmer where his primary area of practice is in employment law, concentrated in defending employers protesting federal- and state-issued Occupational Safety & Health Administration and Mine Safety & Health Administration citations, resolving and contesting citations in federal and state administrative hearings and appealing administrative decisions to the OSHA Review Board and federal or state Courts of... Read More →

Tuesday November 8, 2016 8:10am - 9:00am


Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:00am - 9:20am


Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:20am - 9:30am


Underground MV Cable Installation Best Practices

Underground cable is often referred as the backbone of a utilities distribution system. Cable failure can cause disruption in service leaving customers in the dark and causing system wide disturbances. A lot of time failures can be traced back to issues caused by improper cable installation methods.

From installing mule tape with a duct rodder to operating a 12,000lb pulling trailer, this presentation will review the different techniques for installing underground cable properly and safely. Every successful job starts with good planning and preparation. Starting with developing pulling calculations to duct proofing, we will review resources that can be utilized before cable pulling even begins. There are many tools out on the market, so choosing the proper solution for the job can be confusing. During the presentation we will review some of these options and discuss when each should be implemented on a jobsite. In addition to tools, there are installation recommendations available from other industry leaders like lube and cable manufactures.
We will take a look at these and discuss how they can be achieved using specialty equipment that is out on the market. Attendees will leave with a greater knowledge of underground cable installation practices that they can directly apply on the jobsite.

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Campbell Rogers

Western Regional Manager, Condux International
Campbell Rogers is a graduate of Auburn University. He has been working in the utility industry for over ten years. Currently Campbell is the Western Regional Manager for Condux International which is headquartered in Mankato Minnesota. Based out of Boulder Colorado, Campbell covers 16 states and is responsible for the promotion and training of cable installation equipment in both the power and telecom industries.

Tuesday November 8, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am


Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:15am - 10:35am


Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:35am - 10:45am


Enhancing Electric Grid Security and Automation Utilizing Intelligent Video Monitoring
  1.  Recap of recent Electric Grid physical security breaches

  2.  Industry Regulatory Update

    • NERC CIP

    • IEEE

  3.  Video Monitoring in the Substation

    • Examples of video analytics

      • Physical Security

      • Asset Management

    •   Design requirements

  4.  Advanced applications for Grid Operations

  5.  Summary

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Richard Harada

is Vice President of Marketing, Systems with Intelligence
Richard Harada heads the Marketing and Product Management team and at Systems With Intelligence and he has over 20 years of experience in industrial networking communications and applications. Richard has previous work experience at Siemens Canada where he was focused on business development and product management for communications in the electric power market. Other work experience includes Siemens Enterprise Networks and Psion Teklogix... Read More →

Tuesday November 8, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am


Lunch - Hosted by Border States
Thank you to Border States!

Tuesday November 8, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm


When a Ship Misses the Harbor, It’s Rarely the Harbor’s Fault®

As the title suggests, there’s a renewed sense of accountability surrounding the actions and behaviors of people within organizations.  And nowhere is this more obvious than within industries where everyone is being asked to do more with less, adapt to constant change, increase efficiency (without compromising quality), work better together as a team, and be a continuous learner–all while keeping people safe and incident-free. 

Sound familiar?  If you’re tired of theory-only sessions, this high-energy, fun and content-rich presentation is guaranteed to provide you with the practical, common-sense knowledge to achieve greater results (both individually and within a team environment). 

During this 'immediately-implementable' presentation, Neil Dempster will share why organizations like NASA use his Course Correction™ and Nothing Succeeds Like Failure™ methods to help them innovate faster than the speed of change.  Neil will have you laughing one minute and re-thinking your entire workday the next.


For over two decades, Neil Dempster has been helping organizations understand and implement continuous improvement processes.  His educational background includes Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and a PhD in Organizational Psychology.

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Neil Dempster

Behavioral Engineer and RESULTant™, Clearview Performance
For over two decades, Neil Dempster has been helping organizations understand and implement continuous improvement processes.  His educational background includes Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and a PhD in Organizational Psychology.

Tuesday November 8, 2016 12:30pm - 1:40pm


Tuesday November 8, 2016 1:45pm - 2:05pm


Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:05pm - 2:15pm


Skin Cancer – Cause and Effect

Skin Cancer is a serious workplace issue affecting thousands of workers each year. According to the American Cancer Society “Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US.” This session will explore UV Radiation and how it affects us.
We will touch on Skin Cancer proper prevention, FDA regulations, and the active ingredients in sunscreen.
Join Industrial Sunscreen in an informative and sometimes scary look at the real-life hazard we all take for granted-exposure to the sun!


R. Fletcher Rich

R. Fletcher Rich is Director of Operations for his family’s FDA Registered Cosmetic Manufacturing Company. Working for his family since age 13, Fletcher has had the experience of learning how to formulate and compound numerous cosmetic products including sunscreens, lotions, and barrier creams. He has given presentations across the US educating safety managers and workers on Sun Awareness and works with Arizona Cancer Center at Tucson... Read More →

Tuesday November 8, 2016 2:15pm - 3:00pm


Tuesday November 8, 2016 3:00pm - 3:20pm


Tuesday November 8, 2016 3:20pm - 3:30pm


Ergonomics - Field and Office
Bob Bement and Angela Ott from APS will discuss their approach to industrial and office ergnomics. 

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Bob Bement

Education | - Bachelor of Science, Environmental Health, Bowling Green State University | - Master of Science, Industrial Hygiene, University of Central Missouri | | Work Experience | - 23 years of professional and management experience providing environmental, health, safety and radiation protection support to protect employees from occupational health, safety and radiation hazards | - Cooper Industries, St. Louis, MO | - CTS Wireless... Read More →
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Angela Ott

Corporate Safety Consultant, APS
Angela has worked for over sixteen years as an environmental, health and safety professional managing related systems and programs in construction/demolition, manufacturing, mining as well as providing overall EHS consultation for several different industries throughout the US and Canada. | Experience: | - EHS Senior Consultant - Environmental Resources Management | - EHS Senior Professional - John Crane, Inc. | - Safety Coordinator... Read More →

Tuesday November 8, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm


Fire Risk Assessment for APS ROW
Wade Ward will discuss APS Right of Way fire risk assessment strategy.

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Wade Ward

Fire Mitigation Specialist, Arizona Public Service
With 15 years in Fuels Management and Fire Suppression, a Degree in Fire Science, his work experience includes Wildland Urban Interface hazard vegetation assessments, fuels management hand crews, hotshot experience, as well as a structure firefighter/engineer.  Wade is also a qualified Public Information Officer for all Hazard Incident Management. Wade works in Arizona Public Service Forestry Division, where he oversees a comprehensive fire... Read More →

Tuesday November 8, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm


Hospitality Suite - Hosted by Altec and Mission Palms
Hospitality Suite hosted by Altec and Mission Palms at Mission Palms.

Tuesday November 8, 2016 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Tempe Mission Palms 60 E 5th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
Wednesday, November 9


Breakfast - Hosted by Hubbell Inc.
Breakfast sponsored by Hubbell.com.


Wednesday November 9, 2016 7:00am - 8:00am


Coffee, Mingling
Wednesday November 9, 2016 7:00am - 8:00am


Welcome and Safety Minute

Eileen Dickerson

Tucson Electric Power
AUSA President

Wednesday November 9, 2016 7:45am - 8:00am



This Wednesday morning ‘kick-start’ session will bring back Neil Dempster to challenge us to greatness.  He will demonstrate through humorous ‘real-life’ scenarios and thought-provoking stories and anecdotes that mindset will trump skillset any day of the week. 

This presentation will include Neil’s Incremental Improvement (I2) methodology that’s been implemented in dozens of organizations worldwide.  If you have any role in building and sustaining a culture of productivity in your organization (and who doesn’t?), this is one session you can't afford to miss!

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Neil Dempster

Behavioral Engineer and RESULTant™, Clearview Performance
For over two decades, Neil Dempster has been helping organizations understand and implement continuous improvement processes.  His educational background includes Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and a PhD in Organizational Psychology.

Wednesday November 9, 2016 8:00am - 8:25am


Safety Round Table Recap
Lester Pate from APS and John Dungan from TRICO will share an overview of the Monday Safety Round Table with the AUSA conference attendees.


John Dungan

Safety Director, TRICO Electric Cooperative

Lester Pate

Manager, Distribution Maintanence, Arizona Public Service

Wednesday November 9, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am


Latest connector requirements from ANSI C119
Mike Dyer, Executive Engineer at SRP, will return to discuss the latest connector requirements from ANSI C119. 


Michael Dyer

Executive Engineer, Salt River Project
Michael L. Dyer is an Executive Engineer at SRP.  | He has over 36 years of experience in electrical distribution design, standards, materials and methods. He is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer state of Arizona.  Chairperson Engineering & Substructure Subcommittee, Western Underground Committee.  APPA voting member, ANSI C2 NESC Sub. 4 Overhead lines and Sub.7 - Underground Lines.  Voting member, ANSI... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am


Wednesday November 9, 2016 9:50am - 10:00am
Clubhouse 1 East Continental Dr, Tempe, AZ


Transmission Patrolling using Drones
Scott Alfred, from APS, will provide an overview of APS's drone patrol program and share their journey to leveraging this technology in the field effectively. 

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Scott Alford

PdM Section Leader, Arizona Public Service
Scott Alford has extensive career within the utility maintenance industry.  Scott started at APS eighteen years ago in the land department. He currently leads their Maintenance Support team.   For the last decade, his award winning team has been recognized twice for their PDM and reliability strategy.   Scott’s vision of using technology to deliver solutions to problems encountered by their internal and external... Read More →
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Ian Hatfield

Predictive Maintenance Professional, APS
Ian Hatfield is a Predictive Maintenance Professional with 16 years of experience in the electrical utility industry with Arizona Public Service. His career began in the surveying industry and moved into the acquisition and placement of electrical transmission line rights of way and structures for APS. He transitioned to Operations and Maintenance at the end of 2009 and holds top rated certificates in Infrared, Vibration, Acoustical and Radio... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am


Wednesday November 9, 2016 10:45am - 11:00am


Vault Replacement Systems
Vahe Karamardian and Sean Gesell with the Voltek Division of Armorcast Products will present on vault replacement systems that are applied to existing decaying concrete vaults.  

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Manufacturers Rep and Consultant, Voltek - Division of Armorcast Products Company
As a manufacturers rep and consultant for the emerging technology of the Voltek System, Sean Gesell and Gesell Industries have been an integral part of its growth and exposure throughout California since the beginning of 2016.  A safer, cost-effective, time-efficient and environmentally friendly alternative for replacing decaying underground utility vaults, Sean has helped further develop the Voltek System’s marketing and promotional... Read More →
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Vahe Karamardian

Manager, Voltek - Division of Armorcast Products Company
Vahe Karamardian started at Armorcast Products Company in 1987, learning from his uncle, Paul Boghossian Sr., one of the pioneers of the composite enclosure industry.  After studying Business Management at California State University of Northridge, Vahe began his career as a floor supervisor, and worked his way up to be Vice President of Operations and Sales.  Helping grow Armorcast into one of the innovative leaders of above and... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm


Lunch sponsored by Sherman+Reilly
Wednesday November 9, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Breaking Bad - Five Top Communications Habits to Break
Patty Wyatt returns to provide another leadership series topic - Breaking Bad - Five Top Communication Habits to Break with the group.

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Patty Wyatt

Consultant, Trainer, Radio Host, Girlfriendit
Patty Wyatt is a speaker, leadership trainer and radio host. Patty has reached over 50,000 individuals covering topics on relational leadership, effective communication and attacking injustice.With three decades of speaking, training, coaching and most importantly, real life experience, her view is radically different. Patty shares with others, that leadership is a moment-to-moment choice and not about positions or titles. It is about how you are... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Active Shooter, Personal Safety, Bullying in the Workplace
Jimmy Stewart, TEP, will lead a discussion on their active shooter program. He will discuss the major contributing factors leading to work place violence - bullying and harassment. They will also include a component about domestic violence spilling over as well that may contribute to bullying at the work place.

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Ari Sloane

Corporate Security Coordinator, TEP
Ari Sloane, Corporate Security Coordinator, joined Tucson Electric Power in 2015. He is a supervisor for contracted guards and oversees internal/external investigations for the company. He also provides threat mitigation training for employees and threat analysis for company assets. | Before coming to TEP, he retired from the Tucson police Department after 21 years. In his tenure, he was a senior member of the Hostage Crisis Team, Senior... Read More →
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Jimmy Stewart

Manager of Physical Security, Tucson Electric Power
Jimmy Stewart, Supervisor, Physical Security Operations, joined Tucson Electric Power in 2008 and worked a number of security assignments since that time. In 2013 he was promoted to Emergency Response Coordinator and developed the Building Evacuation Program.  In 2015, he was promoted to Supervisor of Physical Security Operations where he manages approximately forty contracted security officers working in Tucson and Springerville... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 2:10pm - 3:00pm


2016 AUSA Conference Closeout
  1. Closeout Conference
  2. Review budget with attendees. 
  3. Raffle Items. 

Wednesday November 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm