Jim Vaughn, CUSP

Jim Vaughn, CUSP
30973 Creek Bend Ave. Denham Springs, LA 70726

Current Position:  Senior Consultant, ISPC

As Senior Consultant for ISPC Jim serves utilities as a safety specialist in utility industry related OSHA and consensus standards. Jim provides both consult and program development for utilities in OSHA compliant policies and procedures as well as consult on incident investigation and incident related litigation. Jim also develops and delivers ISPC training as well as dedicated client specific training programs.

Jim has over 43 years of experience in utility construction and maintenance, is an EHV bare-hand qualified journeyman lineman and Certified Utility Safety Professional who also holds electrical masters licenses in several states.  Jim has authored numerous procedure and standards documents and technical training programs for educational, contractor and utility industries.  He also authored the original Applied Science degree curriculum for Line Technician training adopted by the Florida Department of Education that is used broadly across Florida and the electric utility industry.  In addition to his expertise in OSHA standards, Jim is highly regarded for his demonstrated skills in safety program development and application of consensus standards to meet OSHA requirements.  As author, his feature articles 101 Train the Trainer and Q&A series appear regularly in Incident Prevention Magazine. In the legal arena, he has served often as a post-incident electrical forensics consultant.  As educator, he has delivered many hours in both the college classroom and adult technical training and is recognized for effective technology transfer skills. Jim sits on the Board of the Utility Safety and Operations Leadership Network, was a founding Board Member of the Certified Utility Safety Professional credential, and is the Senior Member of the Editorial Board for Incident Prevention Magazine. Jim is a sought after technical writer and speaker, regularly consulting in a variety of safety and training issues for contractors, utilities and educational organizations.


  • Director of Safety, Atkinson Power, Mesa AZ 2011 - 2016
  • Director of Safety, Dillard Smith Construction Chattanooga TN 2010 - 2011
  • Director of Safety, Sturgeon/MYR Group, Mesa AZ 2006 - 2010
  • Director of Safety, Marietta Power, Marietta GA 2004 - 2005
  • Director of Safety, Sumter Electric Coop, Sumterville, FL 2003 - 2004
  • Director; Electrical Distribution Technology Program, Lake Sumpter Community College, Lake City, FL, and South Florida State College, Sebring, FL 2001 - 2003

Certifications and Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, The Florida Baptist College,
  • Business Communications, Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • College Level Teaching Certificate, Florida Board of Regents
  • Certified Utility Safety Professional, USOLN
  • Industrial Hygiene Instrumentation and Measuring, ASSE
  • National Response Incident Command, FEMA EMI
  • Journeyman Lineman, IBEW 759, FtLauderdale
  • Advanced Safety Certificate, National Safety Council
  • Dynamics of Fleet Safety; Train the Trainer, National Safety Council
  • Principals of Municipal Governance, University of Georgia
  • Electrical Inspector (expired) national Association of Electrical Inspectors
  • Master Electrician, State of Georgia (expired)
  • Master Electrician, State of South Carolina (expired)
  • Master Electrician, State of California (expired)
  • Maser Electrician, State of Colorado (expired)
  • Master Electrician, State of Florida (expired)
  • Traffic Control Supervisor, ATSSA
  • OSHA Outreach Trainer, General and Construction Industry, Georgia Tech
  • Safety Program manager, DOL
  • Incident Investigations, DOL
  • Senior Member of the Editorial Board, Incident Prevention
  • Senior Member of the Board, Utility Safety and Operations Leadership Network

Awards and Achievements

  • John McRae Safety Leadership Award, USOLN 2013
  • Educational Program of the Year, Florida Educators Journal 2003
  • Most Improved Safety Performance, NRECA SECO 2005