Risk Management

GEAPS Exchange 2022 – The Importance of Proper Grounding for Facility Operations and Safety

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Speaker: Karl von Knobelsdorff

Session Description

Proper grounding for a grain facility is often overlooked, and without adequate grounding, numerous issues can occur. Problems related to faulty grounding include premature electronic and motor failure which result in costly repairs, replacements and downtime. High resistance grounding (HRG) is an unknown and often misunderstood solution. A HRG system can notify a facility of electrical issues, schedule the repair and reduce unnecessary downtime.

Meet The Speaker

Karl von Knobelsdorff



Karl von Knobelsdorff is CEO/President of Knobelsdorff. Through hard work and determination, Karl is credited with building a growing company and team based on trust and common ground. When Karl took over the company at 23-years of age, there were five employees, one division and work only in Minnesota. Today Knobelsdorff is averaging 200 employees, operates through three divisions (electric, engineering and energy) and performed work this past year in 19 different states. With a lifetime of experience and working his way up in the family-owned company, Karl is a self-taught licensed master electrician and holds licenses in six different states. Karl serves as Principal on the NFPA 70® Code-Making Panel 14, with an emphasis on chapter 5 special occupancies and hazardous locations, articles 500-516 and is a board member of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).