Day: August 16, 2021

Legal – Evolving State Privacy Laws Impact Employer Social Media Policies

Ah, how times have changed. Just 10 years ago, social media was considered by many to be a personal indulgence and an annoying distraction for many employers. However, it is clear that social media is now an integral part of our society. From LinkedIn to Facebook, employers use social media to collect information, share products, …

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Association Spotlight – Facility Notification Center Association

RECENTLY dp-PRO caught up with Bruce Campbell, CEO at MISS DIG 811, to learn about the development of the Facility Notification Center Association (FNCA) and what this exciting new association means to the future of damage prevention. dp-PRO: What exactly is FNCA bringing to the industry? Bruce: FNCA is the evolution in the industry from …

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Miss Utility Recognizes Excellence in Damage Prevention with the 18th Annual Locator Achievement Awards

MISS UTILITY of Maryland/District One Call recently recognized 47 outstanding locate technicians from 12 different companies for their dedication to damage prevention through the 18th Annual Locator Achievement Awards. This year’s winners were celebrated for their exemplary performance with zero safety violations and at-fault damages in 2020.     Since its inception in 2003, the …

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Work Zone Safety Awareness Extends Beyond a Week… and it Could Save Your Life!

WHAT IF YOU KNEW you could save 800 lives and it was as simple as driving slower, eliminating distractions and staying alert behind the wheel? You can and it is. That is the message of National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), the annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe …

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Reaching Homeowners “Nextdoor”

ACCORDING TO ITS WEBSITE, the Nextdoor app is, “where communities come together to greet newcomers, exchange recommendations, and read the latest local news. Where neighbors support local businesses and get updates from public agencies. Where neighbors borrow tools and sell couches. It’s how to get the most out of everything nearby.” It is also where …

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Dig Safely New York Finds Innovative Ways to Promote Safety Education

DATING BACK to its founding in 1969, Dig Safely New York has continually explored ways to educate not only professionals in the contractor and excavation fields, but also the general public/homeowners about the importance of using the 811 process before starting their digging projects. The organization’s efforts, as well as strong, collaborative relationships with its …

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Checking The Box

A few weeks ago, I attended a contractors’ association meeting that featured a roundtable session between utilities, contract locators and underground contractors. The meeting was moderated by a representative from the state’s 811 organization. The session was billed as an open discussion about the issues facing these three stakeholders in the coming construction season (I …

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Gopher State One Call Launches Statewide Pilot Program

Communities Across the State are using Cutting-Edge GPS Locating Technology to Improve Accuracy and Efficiency If you’ve been in the damage prevention or utility industry long enough, you’ve undoubtedly fielded a surprised reaction to the fact that all buried utility locations are not precisely known. I think it’s an understandable assumption that they are, even …

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Global Excavation Safety Conference

EDUCATION Since 2004, the Excavation Safety Conference has been providing critical education to the damage prevention industry to help all stakeholder groups; delivering opportunities to network with industry peers, learn safe practices, and lower costs associated with underground damages. 80+ Sessions Developed and presented by industry experts with content suited to every industry. NEW SESSIONS …

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