Day: April 5, 2017

Electric Leading: What a Team Needs to Stay (or Get) Charged Up

If only “electric leading” was a real thing. It actually could be with these steps. Turn the “fun” moniker into a reality. After all, if one is a super charged leader, doesn’t that mean reporting team members will produce results with much higher voltage? It depends. A leader’s style and charisma certainly rubs off on …

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Multiple One Call Law Violations in Iowa

Earlier this year, Iowa’s Attorney General filed seven lawsuits for alleged violations of Iowa’s One Call Law. In all seven cases, contractors failed to call within 48 hours of digging to have underground utilities marked. All seven cases involved digging near, or actually hitting, natural gas pipes. Details of the lawsuits/allegations include: • Ag Repair …

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North Dakota Pipeline Company Receives $7,500 Fine

Continental Resources agreed to pay a $7,500 fine, issued by the Public Service Commission, in January to settle a complaint that the oil company couldn’t locate underground pipelines in Southwest North Dakota. Commissioner Brian Kalk said that operators need to be able to locate underground facilities or face violations of the North Dakota One Call …

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2017 APGA Convention & Exhibition

The Australian Pipelines & Gas Association (APGA) annual Convention and Exhibition is scheduled for October 14-17 at the Cairns Convention Center. The Exhibition provides an opportunity for companies to display their products and gives conference attendees a venue to learn about new developments. The event brings together all sectors of the pipeline industry and other …

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Canada’s Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act

The Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) announced in September that, after several months of review with stakeholders, the Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act was tabled by Senator Grant Mitchell. The bill creates a federal underground infrastructure notification system that requires: • Operators of underground infrastructure that is federally regulated or that is located on federal …

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Safety’s in the Air this National Safe Digging Month

Once again this year, CGA and its members across the country are celebrating April as National Safe Digging Month (NSDM). Using CGA’s 2017 Communications Plan templates and campaign overviews, damage prevention ad-vocates will be earning local media coverage, securing gubernatorial and local proclamations of April as Safe Digging Month, hosting or par-ticipating in community events, …

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Survey Says!

As a private locating company, we regularly field calls from surveyors frustrated by the lack of response to their locate requests. Here in Minnesota, like Oregon, Virginia, and other states, the One Call law provides a nonexcavate option for surveyors and design engineers. Under the Minnesota statute, survey requests are given twice the usual 48- …

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811’s 10th Anniversary Celebration: An Evening to Remember

The national call before you dig number turns 10 this year, and CGA members turned out in force to celebrate 811’s decade of damage prevention on March 15 during the CGA 811 Exca-vation Safety Conference & Expo at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. More than 750 CGA members attended 811’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, …

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