John Rozum, show director for the Utility Expo (formerly ICUEE) says the recent winter storm and energy crisis that hit Texas were a reminder of how we rely on utility infrastructure to help meet our basic needs.
"As is the case in any natural disaster, utility crews from around the region and across the United States stepped up to help restore power to the citizens of Texas and get water flowing once again," he stated. "That comes as no surprise, at least to me, because the utility industry is used to coming together in times of great need. And, unfortunately, times of great need have been an all-to-common occurrence over the course of the past 12 months.
He added, "Looking back, it’s hard not to think it feels like the longest year ever. Many of us have been forced to change the way we live and work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even construction and utility professionals working in the field, day in and day out, have needed to adapt. Whether it’s been wearing masks and gaiters, along with other personal protective equipment, or adhering to new and ever-changing protocols, they’ve done what they’ve had to do to keep themselves – and one another – safe and sound while on the job."
The team who works on the Utility Expo is working to bring utility professionals again in the spirit of community to explore new products and technologies. The event will take place Sept. 28-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
"We’re going to do whatever it takes to ensure our show is safe," he says. "Whether that refers to fire codes, OSHA regs, or best practices for work rules within our active demo areas, we’ve always had an eye for safety. And, if this past year’s pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the importance of expanding on the traditional idea of “safety” and reframing it as “health and safety” moving forward to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance at The Utility Expo.
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