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April 30, 2018 — As part of Electrical Safety Month NECA’s Director of Safety, Westley Wheeler recently took part in a webinar hosted by safety software leader, eCompliance, Developing Effective Policies for Electrical Safety. This webinar features Brandon Schroeder, an arc flash accident survivor and the founder of Believe in Safety. He shared his story and experiences, while explaining why safety must be highlighted on the job. Developing Effective Policies for Electrical Safety Webinar Recording

March 25, 2018 — In August 2011, Brandon Schroeder, a trained electrician, was burned over 16 percent of his body in an arc flash when he neglected to follow safety procedures. “The sheer math said I should have died that day,” Mr. Schroeder said.

On Thursday, Mr. Schroeder was the keynote speaker at the 12th annual excavator-safety seminar at SUNY Potsdam, one of nine regional seminars held across the state. “We’ve got over 300 excavators from around the area,” said Kevin Hopper, executive director of Dig Safely, which organized the event. “Pretty much anyone who digs for a living in the area is here.” Excavators Gather for Annual Safety Training

March 7, 2018 — As they say, “there’s no teacher like experience.” Brandon Schroeder learned a valuable lesson the day he ignored basic safety precautions and the fact that he lived to share it is not short of a miracle. Now he’s traveling throughout New York telling his story.

Brandon is an electrician who survived an arc flash explosion. Rather than contact the utility company, he attempted to move a temporary power feed at a construction site on his own. He shares the details including some very eye-opening pictures at free seminars hosted by Dig Safely New York. Man Who Survived Workplace Accident Shares Safety Tips for Central NY

February 9, 2018 — On February 1, Brandon brought his message to Tyndale’s Pipersville, Pennsylvania headquarters where he told his story to more than 200 Tyndale employees. His audience was visibly moved as he spoke about how grateful he is for the opportunity to continue to be a part of the lives of his wife and children. When his presentation ended, several Tyndale employees approached Brandon to personally thank him for sharing his message. Don’t Risk It! An Arc Flash Survivor Speaks Out

October 15, 2017 — “When I walk into a room a lot of time company guys are thinking, ‘I’ve been doing this for 20 or 30 years. I know what I am doing. This is just another safety meeting,'” said Schroeder. “They sit down and they want to have their coffee and doughnuts and then I walk in and they think, ‘Who’s this guy? What’s he going to tell me that I haven’t already heard?’ When they see that first picture of my face, they understand.” Iowan Shares Near-Death Experience to Save Others From Similar Fate

October 12, 2017 — The decision to work on the energized unit resulted in an arc flash explosion that severely burned Shroeder and nearly cost him his life. If he had been wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), his injuries would have been less severe. Schroeder was severely burned over 16 percent of his body and spent months recovering. Dressing for Protection