Safety Forum

Session Type: Convention, Safety Forum


Location: DCCC

Available Dates & Times


The electrical industry is rapidly changing calling for electrical contractors to be at the cutting edge of safety and health requirements. Clients are demanding evidence of effective safety performance and the integration of safety and health management systems to job site safety. Thus, Safety and Health has evolved from a regulatory drive activity to and business development tool.  For that reason, the safety forum will serve a new captive audience whose primary role is safety, health and risk management.  Other potential safety forum participants will be more diverse in nature, ranging from business owners, project management staff and supervisory personnel; all of them seeking to enhance their knowledge on safety and health. Click here or scroll to below for listing of speakers and bios. 

Safety Forum Schedule


Saturday 8am-4pm 





8:00 – 8:15 am 15 mins Welcome OPENNING SESSION John Gaston and Palmer Hickman
8:15 – 9:45 am 90 mins Inside Arc-Flash Hazard/Incident Energy Analysis John Lynch and Briant McCauley
Out-line EEI’s Contractors Safety Innitiative Chuck Kelly and Joe O’Connor
9:45- 10:00 BREAK
10:00 -12:00 am 2  hours Inside Arc-Flash Protection Techniques Scott Margolin
Outside Sub Part V Jim Tomaseski and David Wallis
12:00-12:45 LUNCH
12:45 -2:15 pm 90 mins Inside Systems Approach to Electrical Safety Joe O’Connor
Out-line ETD Partnership Panel Discussion/Best Practices Michael Johnston, Jim Tomaseski, Frank Richard, Steve Cavanaugh
2:15- 2:30 BREAK
2:30 – 4:00 pm 90 mins Inside Contractors Guide to NFPA 70E Paul Dobrowsky and Jim Dollard
Inside Supervisor Guide to Job Safety Michael Johnston


8:00 -10:00 am 2 hours both tracks Safety Round Table Michael Johnston, Palmer Hickman, Jim Tomaseski

Presented by:

Westex Inc.


  • Safety Forum Speakers

    James T. Dollard Jr.

    Biography: Jim Dollard is Safety Coordinator for the Philadelphia Electrical JATC. He is a master on OSHA 500 Instructor and works closely with the Penn-Del-Jersey NECA Chapter towards safe working conditions on all jobs. As a member of the NEC, TCC, CMP-10, CMP-13, NFPA 70E, NFPA 90A and the UL Electrical Council, Jim plays a significant role in the development of electrical standards. Jim is the author of the NJATC Codeology textbook, the 2008 NJATC NEC Significant Changes and Co-author of the 2011 NJATC NEC Significant Changes. His excellent presentation skills, knowledge of the electrical industry, extensive background in the electrical construction field, involvement in electrical safety and codes/standards allows Jim to make the most complex requirements seem easy to understand and apply.


    Michael J. Johnston

    Michael Johnston is NECA’s executive director of standards and safety. Mike holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. He served on NEC CMP-5 in the 2002, 2005, and was the Chairman of CMP-5 representing NECA for the 2011 NEC cycle. Mike is currently the Chairman of the NEC Correlating Committee. Among his responsibilities for managing the codes, standards, and safety functions for NECA, Mike is secretary of the NECA Codes and Standards Committee.  Johnston is a member of the IBEW and is an active member of ANSI, IAEI, NFPA, ASSE, the NFPA Electrical Section, the UL Electrical Council, and National Safety Council.


    Paul A. Dobrowsky

    Paul has over 35 years of experience in electrical and occupational safety, machinery and equipment standards, electrical construction, maintenance, program and policy development, instructing. He also has over 15 years enforcing electrical codes and standards. Paul has is  a Licensed Master Electrician, IAEI Certified Electrical Inspector, an OSHA Construction Safety and Health Instructor, and a Senior member of IEEE. Paul is also actively involved with many organizations such as ACC, ACES, ASTM, IAEI, IEEE, NFPA, UL and their standards activities. He is a past Chair of NFPA’s Electrical Section, and Director of Technology for the Electrical Association of Rochester, a past President of IAEI’s Genesee Chapter Paul is a member of NEC CMP5, NFPA 70E, and NFPA 79. He enjoys combining the experience and background information gained in standards committee work with developing and presenting instructing educational programs.


    Joe O’Connor

    Mr. O’Connor is a President of INTEC. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Scranton and M.S.T. Degree from the State University of New York. He is an authorized OSHA Train-the-Trainer and has served on various workgroups for OSHA’s Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health. The written programs and training materials he has developed are used by a number of different trade associations and their members including the National Electrical Contractors Associations (NECA). Among these publications are the NECA NFPA 70E Lockout/Tagout Manual and PPE Selector. He is  also  part of the NECA eSafetyLine.


    Scott M. Margolin

    Scott Margolin is the International Technical Director for Westex Inc. Scott attended Franklin & Marshall College and the University of Delaware. Prior to joining Westex in 2000, Scott M. Margolin was a firefighter for six years and then spent 10 years at a major multinational chemical company working in two of its flame resistant fiber businesses. He also spent over four years leading the flash fire segment. Scott has conducted more than 3,200 flash fires and 1,100 arc flashes in labs in the United States, Canada, and Europe; among this research is groundbreaking work creating arcs in real equipment and utilizing high-speed, super-slow-motion cameras to analyze arc flash and PPE performance. He has presented these topics at seminars around the world, including North and South America, Europe, Russia, and Australia. He is a member of numerous NFPA and ASTM committees, including 2112, F-18, and F-23. Scott participates in a number of industry organizations, including Edison Electric Institute, National Safety Council Utilities Division, ASTM, and NFPA. He frequently addresses trade associations and groups regarding electric arc and flash fire hazards, body burn injury, the protective performance of flame resistant clothing, and other related topics.


    James McGowan

    James McGowan is Director, Safety Training for Quanta Services Inc. a Houston, TX based corporation.  James has over 15 years of field construction experience and 18 years of safety and training experience.  James is a journeyman lineman and has worked in all phases of the power-transmission and distribution field utilizing the hot stick, bare-hand, and rubber glove method. James is the Chairman of the training task team (Task Team II) for the OSHA Electrical Transmission & Distribution (ET&D) Partnership, and played a role in the development and subsequent implementation of the ET&D Partnership 10-Hour OSHA course and the ET&D Partnership Supervisory Leadership Skills Outreach Training course.

    James’ interests include reading, computer science, camping, and public speaking.  James is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, The American Society of Training and Development and holds numerous accreditations and certifications.  James attends the Maysville Church of the Nazarene and is working to obtain a Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health.

  • Palmer Hickman

    Palmer Hickman is the Director of Safety and Code Training and Curriculum Development for the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee of the Electrical Industry (NJATC). The NJATC is the training arm of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). He represents the industry on the National Electrical Code (NEC) Correlating Committee, Code Panel 1 of the NEC®, and on the Technical Committees for NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, and NFPA 70B®, and NFPA 79®, Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery. In addition to his Codes and Standards involvement, he is an OSHA Construction Industry Master Instructor. He is a 34 year member of the IBEW with additional memberships including IAEI, NFPA, IEEE, NETA, and the UL Electrical Council. In addition to completion of the IBEW/NECA/NJATC apprenticeship, his educational background includes a B.A. in Labor Safety and Health.

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    Charles Kelly

    Mr. Kelly joined the Edison Electric Institute in 1989 as its Manager, Occupational Safety and Health.  Since that time he has been charged with handling various other Human Resource issues and is now Director, Industry Human Resource Issues.

    Mr. Kelly’s responsibilities at EEI include all regulatory and legislative activities regarding Occupational Safety & Health, Labor Relations as well as other key Human Resource initiatives.  He is a member of the National Safety Council Utilities Division Executive Committee, a member of the National Safety Council Board of Delegates, Advisory Board member of the Electrical Distribution Technology Program at Blue Ridge Community & Technical College, as well as Vice Chairman, Board of Trustee’s of Apple Tree Institute for Education Innovation.  He is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Workplace Health & Safety Council, a Washington, D.C. based business coalition.

    In 2002 Mr. Kelly received the National Safety Council’s “Distinguished Service to Safety Award”, the NSC’s highest honor given to an individual.

    He earned his B.S. from West Virginia University, and an M.A. Conflict Resolution from Abilene Christian University


  • Jim Tomaseski