Day: March 31, 2020

Ask the DP Pro – Michael Twohig

Q How has our Underground Mapping Documentation Practices Improved over Time? A by Michael A. Twohig TODAY’S MODERN utility locating technology and procedures have come a long way from the primitive tools our forefathers used in tunneling beneath the ground. Yet, in many ways, our current documentation practices have regressed. Lessons learned from pioneers in underground …

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Two Confined Space Standards: WHICH ONE IS FOR YOU?

Working in confined spaces may pose inherent dangers. OSHA regulations help ensure employers take effective steps to mitigate or eliminate these dangers. OSHA revised its confined space regulations for general industry (Standard 1910.146) in 1994, but some believe the standard didn’t fit well for construction projects. In 2015, OSHA introduced more stringent regulations designed specifically …

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Using Research to Improve Damage Prevention in North Carolina

The damage prevention industry has always understood that data collection is critical. Data measures our progress and our challenges; data paves the way forward and sometimes serves to change the fundamental way the industry operates. North Carolina 811 recognized the importance of data gathering and analysis in 2013 and began in earnest by consolidating data …

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INDUSTRY NEWS Xtra – Special Locate 2020

PHMSA and TSA Update Pipeline Security Agreement (Transportation Today News) – The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently joined the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) in updating the 2004 Memorandum of Understanding defining pipeline safety and security responsibilities. The revisions provide for interagency information-sharing as it relates to incidents, security threats, and the inspection of …

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SAFETY IN NUMBERS: Creating Improvement through a Focus on Key Damage Prevention Metrics Involving Buried Infrastructure

NEARLY 70 YEARS AGO, management theorist and author Peter Drucker coined the oft-quoted phrase, “What gets measured, gets managed.” The use of metrics plays a key role for any business that seeks to improve processes or address key priorities. It’s not just the act of measuring, however, that drives results. Selection of the correct metrics and …

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