MEUW Weekly :: Aug. 28, 2018

Safety and Training focuses on meeting member needs:  Electric Utility Safety and Training Coordinators (ESTCs) Randy Larson and Mark Zielsdorf are already meeting with member utilities, and they are planning and working to better meet your individual needs.

In the past, MEUW split the state in half and assigned each ESTC a territory for conducting both field audits and technical training. Based on feedback we received in re-evaluating the program, we’ve changed this division. Mark in now charged with on-site field visits of individual utilities or a small group of utilities, and Randy will handle technical training.

According to Mike Czuprynko, Manager of Safety Services, this will allow MEUW to be more proactive in meeting training requirements and needs. “Mark will go into each community first to identity areas of excellence, as well as areas needing improvement. He’ll also be able to address questions and concerns in a small group setting.”

Randy will then come in to conduct training. He will cover all required topics, and also use Mark’s feedback from his field visit to address specific issues and needs. “Our goals include consistency in the program, face time with both of our experienced coordinators and a curriculum that is more customized for each utility,” Czuprynko said.

Mark is starting his field audits in the southern part of the state and will then head north. Randy will follow Mark’s same path, creating a continuous circle of service around the state. We plan to publish the full training schedule soon.

Give us feedback about safety seminars:  Seminars are an important part of MEUW’s safety training efforts.  As we put together plans for the coming year, we are interested in member feedback about topics to be covered as well as logistics about which days of the week and which locations work best.  Please take time to give us your thought by responding to a brief survey.

MEUW is here to help:  As communities across Wisconsin respond to severe storms and flash flooding caused by record-setting rains, we want to remind you that MEUWs Mutual Aid assistance is just a phone call away. Our team of safety professionals can help to coordinate and assist in emergency response and provide support to keep workers safe.  Call the MEUW Mutual Aid Hotline – which is available 24/7 –  if mutual aid assistance is needed from other utilities: 1-844-MEUW-911 (1-844-638-9911).

Staffing Change:  Office Coordinator Jamie Keough’s last day with MEUW was Monday, Aug. 27.  We wish her the best.  Until the role is filled, we will have the support of a temporary administrative assistant to respond to and coordinate member inquiries.  Please feel free to send emails to or contact the office directly at (608) 837-2263 about any business you would have handled with Jamie.

L&R Committee Minutes:  MEUW’s Legislative and Regulatory Committee held a teleconference on Aug. 21.  The minutes can be accessed here.

The September issue of Live Lines will be sent on Tuesday, Sept. 4, so we will not distribute MEUW Weekly next week.  Watch your in-box for a new edition on Tuesday, Sept. 11.  In the meantime, if you have comments or suggestions about MEUW Weekly or any aspect of MEUW communications, please leave a comment below to share your thoughts.  Have a safe and restful Labor Day weekend.

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