Agenda - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

7:30 - 9:00 am

Keynote Breakfast: Journey to A High-Performing Safety Culture
The importance of creating a culture in which people at all levels feel personally responsible for safety is paramount to a safe working environment. Leaders can take deliberate steps in pursuit of this culture, but must avoid common pitfalls along the way. Drawing from research in Human Performance and Social Psychology, Keynote Speaker Phillip Ragain provides a roadmap for leaders hoping to move toward a high-performing safety culture.


Speaker: Phillip Ragain, The RAD Group

9:15 - 10:30 am

Operation, Maintenance and Safety of Hydraulic Powered Equipment

Do you know how energy is transformed and directed within hydraulic powered equipment? Get an explanation of the operational characteristics and potential danger of confined fluid under pressure while learning basic maintenance and troubleshooting tips that will help utilities maintain quality work practices in their daily routines.



Speaker: Tony Kraut, Sales Manager, Watson Drill Rigs

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Storytelling for Safety: How an Ancient Art of Influence Can Inspire Better Safety Performance in Your Fleet Organization


When rolling out a new fleet or safety initiative, how often do you get pushback from folks in the field? What if you could improve the odds that your message will get past that resistance and be more memorable and impactful—to actually influence behavior? You becoming an effective storyteller. Join Sean Lyden, a professional storyteller and editor at Utility Fleet Professional magazine, as he shows you how to tap into the power of this ancient art of influence to become a more effective and persuasive leader.



Speaker: Sean Lyden, Editor and professional storyteller, Utility Fleet Professional magazine/Utility Business Media

12:00 - 1:15 pm

Networking Lunch & Panel Discussion

1:30 - 2:45 pm

Using Telematics to Improve Driver Behavior and Stop Distracted Driving

Every five seconds, a vehicle crash occurs in the U.S. Driving is the most dangerous task an employee performs, causing 41% of all fatal workplace injuries and costing over $500,000 for each fatality. Traditional telematics, in their focus on vehicle metrics like location and distance, have been unable to improve driver safety. But new artificial intelligence and app-based technology focus on improving driver behavior and thus increasing safety. Whether a company uses a grey fleet, legacy telematics or no fleet strategy, a software solution can quickly and easily improve safety, efficiency and productivity whenever employees are on the road.



Speaker: Lisa Cooper, VP of Integrated Solutions, Aware360

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

7:30 - 8:45 am

Best Practices for Expanding Your Utility's Electric Vehicle Fleet

This presentation will introduce fleet managers to industry best practices when managing the transition to electric vehicles. It will cover various case studies from leading utility fleets to demonstrate how they have applied telematics data into their operations to ensure safe and successful adoption of this technology. This will include a comparison of heavy-duty vehicles like ePTO bucket trucks to light-duty sedans in motor pools and everything in between.



Speaker: Megan Allen, EV Solutions Engineering Manager, Geotab

8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

9:45 - 11:00 am

Breaking Down the Barriers: How to Use Data for More Effective Driver Safety Communication & Coaching

How can you convert your company’s crash, motor vehicle record (MVR) and telematics data into actionable intelligence to improve driver safety performance? In this session, you will learn about a driver coaching method that taps into the insights from driver and vehicle data to help break down the most common communication barriers between supervisors and team members that far too often put drivers at risk.



Speaker: Arthur Liggio, President/CEO, Driving Dynamics, Inc.

2:00 - 3:15 pm

Eyes in the Skies: How You Can Use Drone Technology to Mitigate Utility Safety Risks

What do you need to start a drone inspection program? What are some of the hazards associated with using drones? How can these be utilized other than inspections? Utility contractor Coutts Brothers has been using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones) to inspect power lines for more than three years and will share insights and knowledge gained from their experience. You’ll learn what types of applications they have been using drones for, how drones helped to improve safety at Coutts and what lessons they've learned along the way.



Speakers: Jared Rossignol, CUSP, Safety Director, Coutts Brothers; Brad Stout, General Manager, Coutts Brothers

3:30 - 4:45 pm


Thursday, May 2, 2019

8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

9:45 - 11:00 am

Panel Discussion: The Top Trends in Fleet Safety Technologies

Collision avoidance systems, telematics, operator protection systems, autonomous vehicles. What are the most critical fleet safety trends you should keep your eye on in the next two to five years? What changes should you be thinking about in terms of your vehicle and equipment specs? What impact could these technologies have on your fleet operations and safety performance? Our panel of industry experts will share their insights on the current state of fleet safety technologies and what you can expect to see in the coming years.



Speakers: Sean Lyden, Utility Fleet Professional magazine; Aaron Benick, PRECO Electronics; Mike Bryan, ARI; Ted Barron, Terex Utilities