Month: April 2017

Development of AS CE’s Ninth Institute

On October 1, 2016, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) approved a new “provisional” Institute to begin operation. If all goes well, the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) will “graduate” from a provisional status (meaning the ASCE Board oversees the budget) to a full Institute status on October 1, 2017. UESI represents the …

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JJ Harrison – A Rodeo Clown Spreading a Message about Safety

It seemed an unlikely fit some six years ago when the Pipeline Association for Public Awareness decided to reach out to farmers and ranchers with the 811 message by teaming up with rodeo clown JJ Harrison. Harrison is now a recognized face of the “Call 811 Before You Dig!” message. The logo and its call …

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Do You Know the One Call Law?

As an excavator, are you familiar with your One Call responsibilities and obligations? The state One Call Centers are designed to foster communication, cooperation, and co-ordination between those who dig (excavators) and those who own or operate underground utility lines (facility owners). Each state has supporting legislation that defines the responsibilities and obligations of excavators, …

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Not All Momentary Thermal Hazards Are Equal

There is a strong misconception in the workplace that all flame resistant (FR) clothing is designed for all momentary thermal hazards. A momentary thermal hazard is an event which includes some type of heat or flame lasting for a short duration of time. Each momentary thermal hazard has its own characteristics and, therefore, requires specific …

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Does Gold Shovel Standard Support “Shared Responsibility” in Damage Prevention?

It’s no secret that American infrastructure and the need to rebuild it is a hot topic these days. What many don’t realize is that the bulk of most underground utility construction work is done by contractors who keep safety and damage  prevention front and center in all of their operations and construction activities. Damage prevention …

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