2017 Highlights

Last year was a busy year for your Association. Here are some of the highlights:

  • ISPC participated in 12 Industry conferences.
  • ISPC continued to participate on the Executive Board of the Utility Safety and Operations Leadership Network (USOLN) and continues to help teach the Review Course for the new Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) certification test and the Frontline Leadership program. ISPC President Ron Schenk chairs the Director of Business Operations position on the Board.  ISPC Executive Director, Mack Turner, CUSP, is active on the USOLN Board as well, and currently is the President and Chairman of the Board.  Mack and Ron also teach the Review Course for the CUSP Certification.
  • The Association continues to assist CARILEC (the Caribbean Association of Electric Utilities) implement the member-based lineworker training program throughout the Caribbean and establish a Certified Training Program for all CARILEC Member-States. CARILEC acquired the T&D PowerSkills package in 2011. CARILEC has also contracted with ISPC to provide Evaluation Placement Testing for Member Utilities, participate on the CARILEC Linesman Certification Board and assist in lineworker training as needed. ISPC’s SME’s also provided training for many of CARILEC’s members at their individual facilities.
  • ISPC added a new consultant in 2017. Jim Vaughn brings a wealth of experience and technical expertise to the team.
  • ISPC conducted several Consulting Projects during the year, including a Supervisory Training Project for ComEd of Chicago.  ISPC also provided training for Two Communications companies in Kentucky and Massachusetts as well as Transmission Hot Stick for Chain Electric, and Distribution Hot Stick in Homer Alaska. ISPC has worked with many companies in 2017 with Safety Consulting and training from the Navajo tribe in Arizona to Hawaii. The Association’s consulting services projects continue to grow in frequency and scope. Currently, ISPC has eight (8) Affiliated Consultant SME’s, in addition to ISPC’s on-staff SME’s.
  • ISPC continued a close relationship with Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) in 2017. 
  • The Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction lost 8 members, and added 6 members to the Association in 2017.  The membership count stands at 76, this date. 

Respectfully Submitted:   Mack Turner, Executive Director

February 8, 2018