Month: February 2021

Trenching Violations Lead to Hefty OSHA Citation

On February 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited an Oak Grove, Missouri, plumbing contractor for two repeated and two serious violations of the agency’s trenching standards. The agency proposed penalties totaling $299,590 for Arrow Plumbing LLC. Arrow Plumbing agreed less than 2 years ago to establish a comprehensive trench safety program following the December 2016 …

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Quay County student awarded grand prize for national 811 video project on safe digging

SANTA FE, N.M. (KFDA) – A Quay County student was one of the Grand Prize Winners of the national annual video contest “Know What’s Below — Call 811 Before You Dig,” which promotes calling 811 to locate utility lines before any digging projects. Saisravya Bandla from Quay County was tied with a student from Pennsylvania …

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NC communities awarded $282 million for water and sewer projects

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that $282 million in loans and grants will help pay for 94 drinking water and wastewater projects statewide. The group, the State Water Infrastructure Authority, funded the project earlier this month. The Authority is an independent body with primary responsibility for awarding federal and state funding …

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Public Works Director Answers Questions About Fiberoptic Microtrenching

Numerous readers have submitted letters and comments to The Observer expressing concern (and sometimes dismay) over the Fiberoptic mictrotrenching project that is occurring throughout the City by the company SiFi Networks for a project called Fullerton Fibercity, in which cuts have been made in many city streets  to install the new fiberoptic cable underground. Readers have …

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City Offering 1 Million Gallons Of Water Free For First To Report Any Major Water Break In Next 24 Hours

The City of Sulphur Springs is offering a reward of 1 million gallons of water reward for the first person who calls in any major water break in the next 24 hours, according to City Manager Marc Maxwell. “We define a major water break as any break on a city water main not a service lateral unless …

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