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  Brian Erga, Electrical safety training expert

Curriculum Vitae

Brian Erga


  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE), Power Option, June 1978, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
  • Advanced Project Management, 1979, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington.
  • Applied Protective Relaying, 1982, Westinghouse Electric Company, Coral Springs, Florida.
  • NELPA Meter School, 1983, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
  • Numerous electrical training courses and safety courses.

Professional Affiliations:

  • National Electrical Safety Committee C2 (NESC), voting member assigned to NESC
       Subcommittee 8 "Work Rules"
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Senior Member.
       Engineering in the Safety, Maintenance, and Operations Subcommittee (ESMO).
  • Chairman of the ESMO Underground Grounding Task Force.
  • Active ESMO Committee Member:
       Live Work Guide Working Group
       Conductive Clothing Task Force
       Fall Protection Task Force
       Insulator Cleaning Task Force
       IEC TC-78
       Worker in the Air Gap Working Group
       Maximum Transient Overvoltage Task Force
       Work Methods Working Group
       Broken Insulator Task Force
       IEEE 1048 Grounding Task Force
       ESMO/NESC Coordinating Working Group ASTM, Member
  • Active Member of ASTM F18 Subcommittee.
  • Vice Chairman of ASTM F 855 "Temporary Protective Grounds to be Used on De-energized Electric Power Lines and Equipment"
  • Quad States Instructors Association, Member.
  • National Utilities Safety and Education Association (NUSEA), Member.
  • Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA), Member.

Professional Experience:

Electrical Safety Consultants International, Inc. (ESCI) 1994-Present
  • Oversees a staff of 12 professional safety, training and wellness experts.
  • Oversees the safety and training needs of 40 plus electric utilities.
  • Expert in the operations, maintenance and construction of electrical utility systems in the United States.
  • Teaches grounding theory and application courses to utility workers.
  • Considered the industry expert in equipotential grounding.
  • Provides safety and training consulting services to the electric utility industry.
  • Provides expert witness services relating to electrical cases.
  • Involvement in many accident investigations of utility workers and the general public.
Puget Sound Power & Light Company, 1978-1996
  • District Engineer.
  • Substation Design, Operation and Maintenance Engineer.
  • Training Supervisor.
  • Safety, Standards and Work Methods Engineer.
  • Oversaw the entire company's operation, maintenance and construction work methods and standard development.
  • Distribution and Transmission Engineer.
  • Designed hundreds of distribution and transmission line extensions.
  • Designed and oversaw the construction, maintenance and operation of the electrical system in Whatcom County, Washington.
  • Supervisor, Lynden Service Center.
Snohomish County PUD #1, 1973-1978
  • Underground Construction Coordinator
  • Line crew helper
  • Underground Locator
Federal OSHA
  • Technical consultant and advisor to the maintenance and revisions of Federal OSHA 1910.269 and 1926 Subpart V.
  • Technical expert and consultant to Federal OSHA on OSHA citations and investigations.
Protective Grounding Systems
  • Leading industry expert in all aspects of protective grounding.
  • Conducted more than 1,000 courses on grounding across the US.
Electrical Service Entrance Systems
  • Developed Puget Sound Energy's electrical service entrance specifications and metering requirements for residential, commercial and industrial facilities.
  • Designed and oversaw the installation hundreds of electrical services to residential, commercial and industrial facilities.
Electric Utility Systems
  • Designed and oversaw the construction, operation and maintenance of major electrical substations energized at 4kV, 15kV, 55kV, 115kV and 230kV.
  • Designed and oversaw the construction, operation and maintenance of overhead and underground distribution and transmission systems energized at 4kV, 15kV, 55kV, 115kV and 230kV.
Residential and Commercial Wiring Systems
  • Designed and wired several new residences, and rewired a number of existing homes and commercial facilities.


  • "Test Results of Personal Protective Grounding on Distribution Line Wood Pole Construction" IEEE 88 SM 558-9 PWRD.
  • "Test Results of Grounding Un-insulated Aerial Lift Vehicles Near Energized Distribution Lines" IEEE 91 SM 312-9 PWRD.
  • "Worker Protection While Working De-Energized Underground Distribution Systems" IEEE/ESMO Task Force
  • "Guide for Maintenance Methods on Energized Power Lines" IEEE 516.
  • "Guide to Grounding of Power Systems" IEEE 1048.
  • "Temporary Protective Grounds to be Used on De-energized Electric Power Lines and Equipment" ASTM F855.
  • A number of articles in professional magazines and newsletters.

Consulting and Training:

  • Snohomish County PUD #1
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Seattle City Light
  • Tacoma City Light
  • San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Northeast Utilities Group
  • US Department of Labor
  • Quanta Services
  • Peninsula Light Company
  • Orcas Power and Light
  • Chelan County PUD #1
  • City of Richland
  • Big Bend Co-op
  • Benton County PUD #1
  • Franklin County PUD #1
  • Benton County REA
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Washington Water Power
  • Wilson Construction
  • Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
  • State of Alaska Office of the Attorney General
  • Bogle and Gates, Attorneys at Law
  • Douglas Ehlke, Attorney at Law
  • Dayton Power and Light
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • PacifiCorp
  • Portland General Electric
  • Colorado River Commission
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Citizens Electric
  • City of Blaine
  • Clallam County PUD
  • Columbia Basin Electric Co-op
  • Douglas County PUD
  • Ferry County PUD
  • Grays Harbor PUD
  • Hood River Electric Co-op
  • Kootenai Electric
  • Lincoln Power District
  • Flathead Electric Co-op Assn
  • Florida Power and Light
  • Great Southwestern Construction Company
  • Grand Canyon State Electric Co-op Association
  • City of Bay City, Michigan
  • Chelan County PUD #1
  • Hubbell Power Products
  • Dairyland Power Co-op
  • Florida Power Corp
  • Iowa Lakes Electric Co-op
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Montana Power Company
  • Association of Missouri Electric Co-ops
  • Michigan Electric Cooperative Association
  • Nevada Power Company
  • Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives
  • Nebraska Rural Electric Association
  • Navopache Electric Co-op
  • Pacific Power
  • City of Roseville, Calif.
  • Salt River Project
  • Valley Electric Association
  • Utah Power Company
  • General Electric Company
  • Northwest Public Power Association
  • City of Bellingham
  • EnergyAustralia, Australia
  • Washington State Governors Safety Conference
  • Edison Electric Institute
  • Quad States Instructors, Inc.
  • National Utilities Safety and Education Association
  • Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives

Expert Witness:

  • WISHA v. Washington Water Power.
  • Haggerty v. Nevada Power Company.
  • Blanchard v. A.B. Chance Company.
  • Tami Price v. Interstate Travel Facilities, Inc, The Beard Company, Staffpro Plus, LLC, Toby Tindell, Christine Tindell, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, J. Dennis Green, Green's Remodeling, Inc.
  • Garamedi v. Nevada Power Company.
  • Irby Construction Company v. State of Alaska.
  • US Department of Labor v. Commonwealth Electric Company.
  • WISHA v. Wilson Construction Company.
  • Tabak v. Nevada Power
  • US Department of Labor v. Winco, Inc.
  • US Department of Labor v. Harp Construction Company.
  • US Department of Labor v. Great Southwestern Company.
  • US Department of Labor v. Pike Construction.
  • L.E. Myers v. US Department of Labor.
  • Cleavenger v. Monongahela Power Co, Fairchild Cable TV, Time Warner Cable Inc.
  • Steve Cservak v. San Diego Gas & Electric.
  • Tanner Electric v. Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
  • Barbour v. Nevada Power
  • Hicks v. Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation
  • WISHA v. Potelco Construction Co.
  • and more ... see Expert Witness page

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