Inaugural episode highlights disaster safety in conjunction with National Electrical Safety Month
PITTSBURGH (May 23, 2019)—Power management company Eaton today announced the launch of Current Thinking, a new broadcast series featuring industry and Eaton experts sharing insights on digitalization, cybersecurity, grid modernization and other important topical issues and opportunities around intelligent power and innovation. Current Thinking kicks off on May 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. EST, with a roundtable discussion titled “When Disaster Strikes: Electrical Safety Before, During and After a Disaster,” moderated by Brett Brenner, president, Electrical Safety Foundation International.
Each year in May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International recognizes National Electrical Safety Month to educate audiences about steps they can take to reduce the incidents of electrical-related fires, fatalities, injuries and property loss. The theme for the 2019 campaign is “Electrical Safety During Natural Disasters," focusing on the importance of preparing, weathering and rebuilding after natural disasters. Eaton’s Current Thinking broadcast features experts from both Eaton and the electrical industry discussing challenges and best practices for facility managers and electrical professionals in prioritizing safety before, during and after a disaster.
“Electrical safety is a critical and frequently overlooked concern in disaster planning and, whether it’s fires, earthquakes or weather-related disasters, unplanned events can leave businesses exposed to a range of safety issues,” said Thomas A. Domitrovich, P.E., LEED AP, vice president, technical sales, Eaton. “From understanding and adhering to codes and standards to avoiding counterfeit electrical products during rebuilding efforts, it’s essential for professionals, including electrical contractors, facility managers and IT managers, to help make disaster safety and preparedness a priority – and a reality.”
“When Disaster Strikes: Electrical Safety Before, During and After a Disaster” roundtable participants include:
- Brett Brenner, President, ESFI: For more than 12 years, Brenner has served as president of the ESFI, the premier non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school and workplace.
- James T. Dollard Jr., safety coordinator, IBEW Local 98: Dollard brings 38 years of experience in electrical construction. He has been a member of NEC committees since the 1999 revision cycle and presently serves on the NEC Correlating Committee, CMP-10 and CMP-13.
- Harold Ruckpaul, director, strategic alliance programs, Eaton: Ruckpaul has 31 years of technical, operational and sales management experience with developing and implementing power systems solutions to primary market segments on a global scale.
- Thomas A. Domitrovich, P.E., LEED AP – vice president, technical sales, Eaton: Domitrovich is actively involved with multiple industry organizations and is currently focused on continuing education around electrical safety.
“We recognize National Electrical Safety Month each May to shine a light on the critical role education plays in electrical safety,” said Brenner. “Knowledge is power, and we believe that continued education – including through broadcast channels such as Eaton’s Current Thinking – will help further our goal to bring broader awareness around electrical safety and reduce the number of safety-related incidents.”
Future installments of Eaton’s Current Thinking webcast series will feature additional industry and Eaton participants live as they discuss the energy trends and innovative ideas that are changing how the world uses electrical power.
To view “When Disaster Strikes: Electrical Safety Before, During and After a Disaster,” visit Eaton’s Current Thinking page on eaton.com. To learn more about continuing issues around electrical safety and code compliance, visit Eaton’s blog, For Safety’s Sake.
Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.
Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 99,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.