Day: August 25, 2020

A Unique Approach to Engage the Agricultural Community

Pipeline Ag Safety Alliance (PASA), a public awareness enhancement program, began in 2015 when a group of utility operators came together to find a better way to engage the agricultural community. Professional educators employed by extension services at land-grant universities were identified as a farmer’s most trusted source of information. PASA teamed up with the …

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Damage Prevention Hero – Dominic Puiu

“TENACIOUS. INTELLIGENT. PASSIONATE. HARDWORKING. MOTIVATED. THAT’S DOMINIC PUIU,” SAYS PAUL NEWMAN, GENERAL MANAGER OF DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG QUEENSLAND. IF THERE IS A SINGLE THROUGHLINE TO BE FOUND IN A CAREER AS MULTIDIMENSIONAL AS DOMINIC PUIU’S HAS BEEN, IT IS PASSION. THAT PASSION HAS DRIVEN DOMINIC TO CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF DAMAGE PREVENTION EDUCATION ACROSS …

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Educating today’s Youth for a Safer Future

Creating future safety ambassadors through TC Energy’s Youth Energy Safe Program. Safe digging is an ongoing topic of concern in damage prevention, and for good reason. Whether it’s a pipeline operator, utility company, excavator or homeowner, damage to underground utilities impacts us all. Educating people on safe digging practices is a constant and tireless task …

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THE ROUNDTABLE 2020 POSITION PAPER

As another “action” component to the industry topics discussed at The Roundtable, Planet Underground brought together industry leaders from all over the country to discuss and debate the contentious and important topics the damage prevention industry faces today. A followup meeting with attendees from the 2019 Roundtable event determined that the 2020 Position Paper would …

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Why the Pandemic Makes Utility Damage Prevention More Important Than Ever

The COVID-19 stay-at-home orders have posed unplanned challenges for the utilities and midstream asset operators responsible for protecting critical infrastructure. Not only are utilities operating with strained resources, but at the same time the threats to energy infrastructure have only increased with excavations on the rise. In fact, Texas811 data shows that there were 8.3% …

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Effective Communication with Excavators

One of the weakest links in the damage prevention industry’s One Call process is ineffective communication. Effective communication depends on the entire communication chain, which begins with the One Call ticket submission and continues through ticket completion. The communication chain begins when a utility receives a ticket from the One Call center. The facility owner …

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