Where Safety Meets Technology

Published On
Jun 15, 2022

Following two years of truly innovative approaches to online events, I’m happy to say we at NECA have been able to safely return to meeting in person. Our calendar this year is packed with events to inform all aspects of electrical contracting in addition to the dozens of regional meetings that take place each year. NECA staff has been on the move, both working behind the scenes to make these meetings happen, and on-site, where they offer their expertise to members and welcome additional speakers.

Two recent NECA meetings covered safety and technology topics. While they don’t seem related, there was actually quite a bit of overlap, particularly with the inspiring keynote speakers. John O’Leary’s presentation at the NECA Safety Professionals Conference about his experience after suffering burns on 100% of his body as a child had the audience rapt. He isn’t an electrical contractor, but he is truly skilled at teaching us how to adapt, evolve and embrace new techniques that will advance our businesses and our industry. Other sessions at the safety conference addressed how to increase the personal buy-in of inside and outside workers as well as business owner investment in safety, technology and hazard identification.

Meanwhile, at the NECA-BICSI Summit, we considered in-building systems in terms of public safety events, such as fires and natural disasters. Another session explained ground system design and testing to protect the performance of sensitive electronic equipment.

These are just a few examples of how these topics can cross over, but, of course, safety is at the heart of all the work we do. I’m proud of the progressive and timely offerings at these events and many more throughout the year. I hope you’ll join me at the next one!

About the Author
Kirk Davis | NECA

Kirk Davis

President, NECA

Kirk Davis is the president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). He took office in January 2022.

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