NECA 2020 Virtual Safety Summit
October 27-29, 2020


NECA 2020 Virtual Safety Summit

Make plans to attend NECA’s inaugural Virtual Safety Summit, presented by Westex by Milliken, October 27 – 29.
The NECA Virtual Safety Summit will be composed of 2-half day blocks of general sessions, concurrent breakouts and even an exhibit hall. As champions of safety, we understand the importance of physically distancing but keeping up with latest safety trends of 2020 and beyond could set your organization apart.

In addition to the critical safety information provided at the NECA Virtual Safety Summit, we will also showcase new presentations on current trends, regulatory updates and code updates.

Don’t miss your opportunity to receive the latest industry information and stay up-to-date with safety!

Early Pricing Late Pricing
Member $125 $150
Non-Member $200 $250
  • Early registration pricing will end on Friday, October 9th, 2020.
  • Registration for the event will end on Monday, October 19th, 2020.


  • General sessions featuring industry keynotes in the top of their field
  • Educational sessions in a variety of safety-focused tracks
  • Continuing education units
  • Access to the Trade Show featuring top exhibitors providing the best safety solutions for your company


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Who Benefits from Attending the Conference?

As we begin to cautiously reemerge from physical distancing, the importance of safety benefits everyone in your organization.

“Conference attendees understand the importance of safety in their company operations, for both their workforce and their bottom line. When we come together, we learn, we share how we can make our industry safer, more efficient and more profitable,” said Michael Johnston, NECA Executive Director, Standards and Safety.


Because there are no travel cost related to this program, it is our hope that these educational opportunities would be available to everyone in your organization.

If that’s not possible, focus on anyone with an interest in sharpening their occupational safety and health knowledge, including managers of safety and health programs or those with similar responsibilities as part of their employment. Including:

  • Project Managers
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Safety Professionals
  • Supervisors
  • And all those who have safety oversight within their respective organizations


  • Inside Electrical Construction
  • Outside Electrical Construction
  • Safety Leadership
  • Safety Management Risk/Regulations

Not a NECA Member? First timer?

That is perfectly fine, this event is open to the entire electrical industry. However, NECA members SAVE when registering.


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First Day

  1:00 - 2:45

Remarks from NECA President

Larry Beltramo, Rosendin Electric

Remarks from NECA

David Long, CEO

Keynote: ASSP

Jennifer McNeely

Keynote: NECA

Ron Bailey, NECA VP Business

  2:45 - 3:00

 3:00 - 4:30

Second Day

 1:00 – 2:30

 2:30 – 3:00

 3:00 – 4:45

NECA’s Recognition of Achievement in Safety Excellence and Zero Injuries

STF Member

NECA Safety Task Force

STF Chair – Wes Anderson, VP

NECA Safety Ambassadors Medal


Keynote: OSHA

Bobby Carbone

Closing Remarks

Post Conference Education - (Separate Registration)

 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm

 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Educational Tracks –Final

Conference breakout sessions are organized into four tracks: Inside Electrical Construction, Outside Electrical Construction, Safety Leadership and Safety Management/Regulations.

Session tracks and topics are listed in the table below. These tracks make it easy to follow a selected topic throughout the conference. But you don’t need to stick to one track during the conference—feel free to mix and match your courses to customize your learning experience!

Track Inside Electrical Construction Outside Electrical Construction Safety Leadership Safety Management Risk/Regulations
BREAKOUT Session I Time: 3:00 pm Employer’s Requirements for Performing Energized Electrical Work A New Capacity Model for Incident Prevention- “STKY” Public Relations Pitfalls Before, During and After Litigation Three Stories: The Impact of Arc Flash Events on Individuals, Families and Employers
BREAKOUT Session II Time: 1:00 pm Daily Wear vs Task Based Arc Rated Clothing – What to Consider and How to Decide Contractor Safety around use of UAV Applications Transforming Supervisors into Safety Leaders Significant Changes to the 2020 NFPA 70E

Featured Keynote Speakers

Jennifer McNeely – ASSP CEO

Jennifer McNelly is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the American Society of Safety Professionals, stepping into the role on Aug. 16, 2018. McNelly has 30 years of association, government, regulatory and business experience. As CEO, McNelly advances the organization’s mission to create safe work environments worldwide through the prevention of injuries, illnesses and fatalities. She works with the Board of Directors to execute ASSP’s strategic plan for growth while building on the Society’s legacy and addressing the evolving needs of the professional occupational safety and health community. She leads 75 staff members and more than 39,000 safety and health professionals around the globe, strengthening the Society’s position as a leading voice while fostering a collaborative culture of member engagement, performance, accountability and innovation.
Prior to ASSP, McNelly was president of Indianapolis-based 180 Skills LLC, an online career and technical education company aimed at closing the manufacturing skills gap and transforming organizational and individual performance. McNelly also served as president of The Manufacturing Institute, the nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the national authority on attracting and developing world-class manufacturing talent. Over nine years with NAM, she was a national champion in changing the perception of manufacturing careers and re-establishing the United States as the global leader in technical education. McNelly launched the national STEP Ahead™ initiative to increase the engagement of women in manufacturing and co-founded National Manufacturing Day™ to engage the next generation workforce.
McNelly served at the U.S. Department of Labor as director of the Business Relations Group and administrator of its Office of Regional Innovation and Transformation. She has testified before Congress on manufacturing and workforce training and is past chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Manufacturing. A University of Maryland College Park graduate, McNelly earned the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award and was named among the 100 Women Leaders in STEM. She also interviewed numerous accomplished women in manufacturing who inspire the next generation of industry leaders by serving as a host of the Women and Manufacturing (WAM) Podcast.

Robert Carbone – OSHA

Robert (Bob) Carbone is currently the Lead Investigator with OSHA’s Region 1 Criminal Investigations Team based in Boston and serving all of New England. Bob has been with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) since 2007 when he was first hired as a Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) assigned to the Construction Industry Group, Boston North Office. Bob was promoted after completing hundreds of construction and general industry inspections and served as an Assistant Area Director (Construction Group) for OSHA’S Boston North Office. Bob was appointed to the newly formed Criminal Investigations Team (CIT) pilot program in December of 2017 and was promoted to Lead Investigator when the CIT became permanent in the spring of 2019.
Bob is a licensed Electrician, who, prior to working at OSHA, worked for over 25 years with the IBEW Local 103 on larger commercial projects in the greater Boston area including the Central Artery Tunnel project and the Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. Bob was also an instructor for the IBEW/JATC/NJATC for over 14 years. He has been utilized by the agency for electrical incidents that require in-depth knowledge of electrical safe work practices NFPA 70E, OSHA, ANSI and NFPA 70.

Educational Sessions

Inside Electrical Construction

Employer’s Requirements for Performing Energized Electrical Work

Every effort is made to ensure that our employees are working on De-energized equipment. Unfortunately, some situations don’t allow for this. Working on energized equipment requires a deeper awareness, attention to detail, an understanding of potential safety hazards and how to mitigate them, and a knowledge of Sturgeon Electric’s expectations and policies. As a result, Sturgeon Electric is implementing Energized Work Training. In order for someone to be authorized and designated by the company to perform energized work, they must complete all parts of the training. In addition to requirements of NFPA 70-E, Sturgeon personnel must be vetted for minimum qualifications (classification, status, CPR certified), nominated by senior leadership and formal invite, participating in two arc flash / shock training classes (hazard and awareness and physical demonstrations of PPE and safe practices), and participate in a proctored energized work exercise with real, energized switchgear. As industry leaders when it comes to safety, we don’t simply rest on our laurels. We strive to continually improve our people and processes. We believe that expertise should be demonstrated and measurable, not assumed by way of a certification, years of experience, or state license.

Daily Wear vs Task Based Arc Rated Clothing – What to Consider and How to Decide

This presentation uses a unique two-presenter debate format to explore the primary questions contractors ask when trying to make good decisions about arc rated clothing. It begins with a look at the basics: why AR, does my company need AR, the truth about arc ratings, comfort and heat stress, and how to select quality AR. The second half of the session will feature a detailed but friendly debate between a daily wear expert and a task-based expert. This debate will examine the pros, cons and costs of each approach, decision points, and best practices. It will become interactive with the audience as it progresses and will include new super slow motion 4K video of daily wear and task-based clothing in real arcs.

Outside Electrical Construction

A New Capacity Model for Incident Prevention- “STKY”

Safety differently, the new approach to the elimination of significant events. With Serious Injuries and Fatalities (SIFs) and the precursors (PSIFs) that can exist prior to incidents, this session will focus on and point out the “Stuff” that can lead to major accidents and even kill you if you are unaware of your surroundings and tasks.

Contractor Safety around use of UAV Applications

The technology advances with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, (UAVs) allow for complex inspections that protect workers from dangerous activities and allow for real-time inspections to schedule maintenance and any needed repairs. Understanding the proper operating procedures and federal requirements governing drone use is critical to safe operations.

Safety Leadership

“Public Relations Pitfalls Before, During and After Litigation.”

The presentation is based upon several high-profile cases I have tried and clients whom I have represented. I will describe how to take action from the first day of an accident to properly present the client to the public. This will reduce negative public opinion and publicity to not only benefit the litigation but the client’s reputation.

Transforming Supervisors into Safety Leaders

The ways in which organizations manage their safety and health systems has transformed dramatically over the past 40 years. Workplace safety and health management approaches have evolved from OSHA compliance to hazard prevention; from safety cultural models to continuous improvement models. One increasingly important element which has evolved throughout these phases of change is the concept of employee involvement; the concept that everyone is responsible for workplace safety and health. A key position within an organization which can greatly influence the success of a safety management system is that of a supervisor. The transition from supervisors to safety leaders is often met with hesitation about the unknown. How do I make the transition from supervisor to safety leader? What does this transition roadmap look like? How will I know if I am an effective safety leader? These are all great questions which, at times, are responded with multifaceted answers. This session will take the time to break down the process in simple terms, along with basic first steps a supervisor can follow when making this transition.

Safety Management Risk/Regulations

Three Stories: The Impact of Arc Flash Events on Individuals, Families and Employers

This session will feature three individual segments related to arc flash events and the impacts felt by all involved. This session will include testimonies from Brandon Schroeder from Believe in Safety and Mike Greenawalt, CEO of Rosendin Electric Inc., and also include Dr. Rex Grossman from the Grossman Institute discussing treatment and recoveries of burn victims of arc flash events.

Significant Changes to the 2021 NFPA 70E

NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace is revised on a three-year cycle. Each edition brings significant changes. This presentation is intended to identify proposed changes from the previous edition and how it impacts employers and employees relative to their shared responsibilities in compliance with the contained rules as revised.

Post Conference Education Programs

Safety Leadership Workshop (Separate Registration Required)

Day 2, 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm

“Managing Safety Performance, A Safety Leadership Workshop for Supervisors and Safety Professionals.”

Will having world class safety policies and procedures, programs and standards guarantee that everyone goes home alive and well at the end of every day? Of course not. Otherwise, most organizations would be injury-free. When it comes to safety performance, leadership proves to be the difference that makes the difference.

For two decades Balmert Consulting has been helping thousands of industrial leaders the world over make a real difference in safety by teaching proven leadership practices found in the Paul Balmert’s best-selling book, “Alive And Well At The End Of The Day.”

The practices are modeled from supervisors, managers and leaders who are the best in the world at managing safety performance. Class is taught by a former line manager with a proven record of managing safety performance and emphasizes practices — not theories — that can be put to immediate use.
The workshop comes with CEU’s for those with professional certification.

Visual Literacy Safety Workshop (Separate Registration Required)

Day 2, 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Visual Literacy – Rhonda Hrabchak

Owens Corning has teamed up with the Toledo Museum of Art with a unique safety-centric approach to hazard recognition and incident investigations. With hopes of overcoming the complacency found in the workplace, their goal was to identify key types of hazards and to train their employees perception to these types of hazards.