SAFETY & LOSS CONTROL
Our Safety & Loss Control department manages safety training and general work procedures training in addition to accident investigation, communicating compliance information, and first aid and CPR training. The department activates the Emergency Preparedness Plan and the Iowa Disaster Plan as needed. We also administer the Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program (RESAP) to promote a proactive safety culture.
IAEC recently formed a collaborative apprenticeship program with the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities and Northwest Iowa Community College. The four-year-program is sanctioned by the Department of Labor and requires 7,000 hours of study, online testing, skill evaluations, and additional testing which is administered onsite by IAEC safety staff.
Scott Meinecke / Director of Safety & Loss Control / 712-348-2511 cell
Scott joined IAEC in 2017 as a job training & safety instructor before being named as the department director in 2020. Prior to IAEC, Scott was a Powerline Program instructor at Northwest Iowa Community College for 27 years, and served as a lineman for Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative before teaching. Scott is also active in emergency services in the state as an assistant chief on a fire department and a fire service instructor for the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Carol Schulz / Administrative Coordinator / 515-727-8947 office
Carol has served in this role at IAEC since 2010. Before joining IAEC, Carol worked more than 26 years in the telecommunications industry as an escalation manager in small business sales.
Matt Pociask, CLCP / Job Training & Safety Instructor / 563-542-9991 cell
Matt has been with IAEC's safety department since 2012 and previously worked as manager of fleet administration and manager of customer operations with Alliant Energy. With 32 years of industry experience, Matt started his career with various positions at Rice Lake Utilities in Wisconsin, including a meter technician, journeyman lineman, and electric superintendent. Matt currently serves as the vice chair for Quad State Instructors, Inc. and earned his Certified Loss Control Professional credential in 2018.
Jim Wolfe / Job Training & Safety Instructor / 641-330-0150 cell
Jim joined IAEC in 2015 and has more than 18 years of utility field experience. Prior to IAEC, he served at the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities as the electric services coordinator where he provided safety training for municipal employees and training for the apprenticeship program. Prior to that, Jim spent 13 years at New Hampton Utilities working at the power plant and on the line crew.
Jason Thorson / Job Training & Safety Instructor / 712-260-1270 cell
Jason joined the IAEC Safety Team in 2020. He was previously employed for 22 years at Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, where he served as an energy advisor for five years and as a journeyman lineman for 17 years.