PE Receives Training on Electrical Contact Accidents

E. Matt Bedinghaus, PE of A2V Partners LLC, Springfield, Mo., attended the “Investigating & Documenting Accidental Public Contacts with Power & Communication Utility Facilities” seminar held June 27-30, 2011, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The seminar was led by Allan Clapp, Professional Engineer (PE) of PCU Training Center/Clapp Research Inc.

The seminar focused on the responsibilities of utilities and others prior to and after an electrical contact occurs; how to investigate the scene; how to make measurements with hand tools; how to document and control evidence; how to reconstruct accidents; how to apply codes and standards (NESC); how to determine whether you met requirements (of codes); how to consider the effects of electricity on the body and OSHA regulations applicable to members of the public.

“Utilities should have a plan if there is an accidental contact,” said Matt Bedinghaus, founder and Chief Engineer for A2V Partners LLC. “They must know what they need to collect and who is required to get it. It is much better to make the plan before it is needed.”

If you would like to discuss your plan, get your response team trained or review your construction standards and practices, contact E. Matt Bedinghaus, PE at or call 417-882-2221. For all you Electrical Engineering needs, see A2V Partners LLC at

About A2V Partners
A2V Partners LLC is an electrical engineering consultancy based in Springfield, Missouri. The company was founded by E. Matt Bedinghaus, an electrical engineer with more than 25 years of experience. The company offers consulting, system modeling and analysis, electric power design, T&D inspection, communication system design and CAD services. Named in honor of the partnership of great scientists from Ampere to Volta, and all those before and since, A2V takes the concept of partnership very seriously, partnering with clients through a unique design approach that efficiently develops options that best fit client needs. Find out more on the company’s website by surfing to

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