Allan Branstetter, field training coordinator for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, has completed an intensive program in electric utility safety and loss control.
The Loss Control Internship is a series of workshops offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in conjunction with the National Utility and Safety Education Association. This program is designed to instruct participants in many areas related to electric utility industry safety.
“It took a lot of additional hard work for him to complete this certification,” said Rob Land, director of Risk Management and Training. “His efforts will benefit all of Missouri’s electric cooperatives as he increases the skills necessary to teach them safe working techniques.”
He is one of only a few electric utility professionals in the country who will receive this certification this year. The program requires participants to complete a rigorous series of seminars and tests, a 30-hour course from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and a detailed final course project. HIs project dealt with rescue procedures in confined spaces.
Participants go through four, six-day sessions that are designed to challenge and educate them in new, innovative safety techniques. Participants also must maintain their certificate by attending courses every year in order to stay on top of changes in the industry.
Branstetter, who lives in Raymondville, has been employed by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives for five years. Before that, he worked for Intercounty Electric Cooperative for 19 years. He and his wife, Tammy, have a son, A.J.