Quinten Wheeler, manager of safety and compliance at Wheatland Electric Cooperative Inc. has completed an intensive program in electric utility safety and loss control. The Certified Loss Control Professional (CLCP) credential is awarded to individuals who complete the requirements of the Loss Control Internship (LCI). The LCI program gives attendees the preparation and skills needed to successfully manage challenging safety and loss control issues. From environmental issues, to disaster recovery, emergency procedures and workplace violence – they become prepared to take preventative measures and corrective action.
The Loss Control Internship program consists of a series of four one-week seminars held at the world-class Fluno Center for Executive Education in Madison, Wisconsin. Wheeler gained invaluable information on areas crucial to loss control operations, including:
• Regulations affecting electric power generation, transmission and distribution.
• “Best Practices” for ensuring safety performance.
• Practical communication techniques for influencing others to manage the associated hazards.
• Collaborative exercises and small, group projects on contemporary issues and topics.
• Networking opportunities and sharing of resources with other safety professionals.
• Information and the voice of experience from industry experts.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 4 million injuries occur annually in the workplace. One of the goals of a Certified Loss Control Professional is to help ensure a safe work environment for utility workers and the public in general. Avoiding workplace accidents avoids down time and can ultimately lead to lower utility rates.
Quinten Wheeler is one of only a few electric utility professionals in the country that will receive this certification this year, said Bruce Mueller, general manager. “Wheatland Electric feels fortunate to have someone like Quinten leading our safety effort.”