Day: September 17, 2019

The Great Irony

The Great Irony: Are Excavation Activities Related to Oil and Gas Field Expansion Damaging Pipelines? Oil and gas activity is synonymous with excavation. Drilling pad preparation, pipeline construction and maintenance, and a host of other work requires digging into the ground. Yet, as drilling has become a well-planned activity, tested operational procedures have served to …

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Industry News – Fall 2019

WISCONSIN EXPLOSION PROMPTS EXCAVATION SAFETY PROPOSAL Dan Lucarelli Named Executive Director of Underground Safety Alliance Dan Lucarelli has been named the Executive Director of Underground Safety Alliance (USA), effective June 24, 2019. USA is the umbrella organization for Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811. Previously, Dan was the Director – Marketing & Education at Pennsylvania One …

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Don’t Dismiss Emergency Preparedness Exercises as a Business Interruption; see them as Disaster Preparedness and Prevention.

Several years ago, I presented a session at the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo titled “The Six P’s of Planning.” I firmly believe that these six elements (Policy, Prevention, Preparedness, Procedures, Performance, and Practice) are the backbone of emergency planning. At the 2019 Conference in Tampa I narrowed my focused to Preparation and Practice. While …

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EDPL Group: Off the Ground

The Emerging Damage Prevention Leaders group (EDPL) was officially launched at the 2019 CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo, in Tampa, Florida with a mission to attract and educate the damage prevention professional leaders of tomorrow and accelerate their impact on the industry’s common goals. The group consists of two member categories: Experienced professionals …

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Prevent Trench Injuries and Fatalities with Knowledge and Action

Working in trenches and other excavations is one of construction’s most dangerous activities. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the fatality rate for excavation work is 112 percent higher than the rate for general construction. This past spring, the industry experienced a very unfortunate increase in trench fatalities. These tragic events impacted …

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Calendar of Upcoming Events – Fall 2019

September 5-6 JJ Harrison: Spokane Interstate Rodeo (Spokane, WA) 7-13 National Safety Council (San Diego, CA) 8-11 APWA PWX (Seattle, WA) 8-12 NACAA Annual Meeting (Fort Wayne, IN) 9-11 WaterPro Conference (Nashville, TN) 9-13 2019 NAPSR National Meeting (Portland, ME) 10 UESI and Utility Risk Management (Mississauga, ON) 10-13 No-Dig Down Under (Melbourne, Australia) 12-13 SGA Women & Leadership Forum (Houston, TX) 13-14 JJ Harrison: …

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