NEC's Safety and Loss Control Manager Earns Certified Loss Control Professional Designation
Nueces Electric Cooperative’s (NEC) Safety and Loss Control Manager Joe Huerta III has completed an intensive program in the 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 Training & Safety Education Association. The program is designed to instruct participants in many areas related to electric utility industry safety.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 4 million injuries occur annually in the workplace. One of the goals of a Certified Loss Control Professional is to help ensure a safe work environment for utility workers and the public in general. Avoiding workplace accidents avoids down time and can ultimately lead to lower utility rates.
Huerta is one of only a few electric utility professionals in the country that will receive this certification this year. The program requires participants to complete a rigorous series of seminars and tests, a 30-hour OSHA course, and a detailed final course project.Loss Control participants go through four, week-long sessions that are designed to challenge and educate participants in new, innovative safety techniques. Participants must also maintain their certificate by attending courses every year in order to stay on top of changes in the industry.
"The best part of my job is working with all of the departments here at NEC," said Huerta, "bringing safety training to them and making sure that each and every employee makes it home safe."
Huerta has worked in the electric utility industry for 17-years. He started as a Groundman in 2003 with Medina Electric Cooperative. In 2009 he came to NEC as an Apprentice III Lineman. Through hard work and dedication to serving the members of NEC, Huerta was promoted to Journey Lineman in 2014, Operation Supervisor in 2015 and now Safety and Loss Control Manager, a position he’s held since 2017. His commitment to the safety of NEC employees and fulfilling the cooperative mission continues to display itself through his work ethic and desire to always keep learning.