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Electrical Safety for power generation utilities

Curriculum Vitae

Hector Silva
Safety and Training Manager, ESCI


  • More than 20 years experience in electric utility safety work practices and associated federal regulations and national codes.
  • More than 33 years experience in the operation, maintenance and construction of electric utility systems and associated work methods.
  • CDL/DOT Certified Instructor.
  • Lineman Certification from the Department of Labor with 17 years of Line Experience.
  • Substance Abuse Training as per Department of Transportation.
  • Flagger Instructor with Flagging Certification in Oregon and Nevada.

Professional Recognition

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Member.
  • Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
  • National Safety Council, Utilities Division Member.
  • Past Chairperson of the Southwest Electrical Safety Exchange (SWESE).
  • Edison Electric Institute (EEI) – Fleet Management Division.


  • University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), 1975 to 1978, studies in Business Management.
  • Electrical Systems School, United States Navy, 1973.
  • Lineman Apprentice training at El Paso Electric with Dept. of Labor Lineman Certification.
  • Numerous electrical training courses and safety courses.

Professional Experience

Oct. 2002 to present – ESCI Safety Manager for the Arizona/Nevada Group which includes: Lincoln PUD in Pioche, Nevada; Overton PUD in Overton, Nevada; Colorado River Commission in Henderson, Nevada; Unisource Electric Services in Kingman, Arizona; Lake Havasu, Arizona; Nogales, Arizona; Clatskanie PUD in Clatskanie, Oregon; Tillamook, Oregon; and Columbia River PUD in St. Helens, Oregon.

Currently serve as Safety Consultant for the listed utilities, plus conduct safety training as per OSHA, conduct safety inspections/audits for crews and facilities, review Department of Transportation (DOT) files and records to assure compliance with the Federal Highway Safety Administration Regulations, conduct accident investigations when required, make studies and analyses of accident causes and hazards to develop accident prevention programs.

Sept. 1994 to Sept. 2002 – Safety Supervisor at El Paso Electric Company. Directed and coordinated the company's safety policies and programs in the area of safety, technical training and Department of Transportation (DOT). Supervised 10 employees whose job responsibilities covered Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution safety and technical training, driver and vehicle compliance, plus corporate safety programs.

Nov. 27, 1989 to Sept. 1994 – T & D Safety and Training Specialist at El Paso Electric. Responsible for Safety, Technical Training and Department of Transportation (DOT) programs which included record keeping for the Texas Division Operations Group. Safety duties consisted of reporting, investigating and recommending preventative measures to accidents. Other safety duties included Operations Group representative to OSHA and Worker's Compensation investigation/audits and assisting other company safety professionals on implementing Safety Policies and Procedures. Training duties consisted of conducting Pole Climbing School for both Texas and New Mexico Divisions with an average class size of 15 employees per year; instructor of Apprentice Lineman School which included theory of electricity and some hands-on training for approximately 25 apprentices per year. Also scheduled the CPR/First Aid classes for approximately 200 employees, this included teaching CPR/First Aid in cases of instructor absence. Other training duties consisted of Pole Top Rescue Instruction, Bucket Truck Instruction, and Confined Space Instruction for the 200 employees of the Operations Group. Conducted DOT Safety Driving Course for new applicants.

May 14, 1984 to Nov. 26, 1989 – Journeyman Lineman at El Paso Electric. Duties consisted of being in charge of line crews doing maintenance and construction work, assigned as lead lineman on crews, filling in shifts as a Service troubleshooter, working on underground crews and duties generally associated with electrical utility line work. These included working on voltages ranging from 120 volts up to 345,000 volts, new line installation, street line maintenance, and underground distribution work. Gloved distribution voltages up to 24 kv. Operated equipment related to operations and was certified to drive Commercial vehicles rated 26,000 lbs. and greater

Sept. 25, 1978 to May 13, 1984 – Apprentice Lineman at El Paso Electric. Duties consisted of being enrolled in an Apprenticeship Lineman Program sponsored by the Department of Labor and the El Paso Electric Company. Program consisted of attending classes for apprenticeship and on-the-job training in the area of Transmission and Distribution utility work.

Jan. 17, 1977 to Sept. 24, 1978 – Groundman at El Paso Electric. Duties consisted of assisting line crews and lineman during the construction or maintenance of Transmission and Distribution lines. Learned the duties associated with line work and prepared to enter the Lineman Apprentice Program.

June 1975 to Jan. 16, 1977 – Part Helper at El Paso Electric. Was assigned general duties in the Transmission and Distribution Department including the Garage Section. Cleaned and maintained all reporting locations in the Operations group, did minor repairs on and washed company vehicles, fueling and delivery of cars and trucks to reporting locations. Employed while attending the University of Texas at El Paso on a full time basis as per employment guidelines.

June 25, 1972 to May 26, 1975 – United States Navy. After completing Boot Camp, was assigned to the USS DIXON AS-37. While aboard the USS Dixon, completed Interior Communications Electrician School and was assigned to the Meter Calibration Shop in charge of calibrating and repair of all electrical meters on board Nuclear Submarines assigned to the Submarine Pacific Fleet One. Other job duties included repair of gyro-compasses, installing of communication cable aboard ships. Nuclear Certified worker with the ability to work on electrical equipment in and around nuclear reactors.

Consulting and Training:

  • Unisource Energy – Kingman
  • Unisource Energy – Lake Havasu
  • Unisource Energy – Nogales
  • Valley Electric Association
  • Overton PUD
  • Lincoln PUD
  • Colorado River Commission
  • Clatskanie PUD
  • Columbia River PUD
  • Tillamook PUD
  • Northwest Power Producers Association (NWPPA)
  • Tucson Electric
  • Utilities Line Construction – Florida Division
  • Utilities Line Construction – Georgia Division
  • Utilities Line Construction – Southern California Division
  • Utilities Line Construction – St. Louis Division
  • Asplundh Corporation
  • Inland Power – Spokane
  • Modern Electric – Spokane
  • Clearwater Electric – Idaho
  • Hawaii Electric

Expert Witness:

  • Smith vs City Public Service San Antonio
  • Tamara Horton vs Nelson's Quality Construction
  • Tamara Horton vs Texas Utilities

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