Day: February 17, 2022

NEW CALIFORNIA State Department Targets Infrastructure

This past summer, California created a new department dedicated to stopping its strained electrical grid from causing more catastrophic wildfires. The Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety (OEIS) became a standalone department, with Caroline Thomas Jacobs named director. OEIS is fleshing itself out with energy experts, analysts, engineers, inspectors and attorneys. In simplest terms, the department …

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DENNIS DOHERTY INDUCTED INTO TRENCHLESS HALL OF FAME

Kleinfelder Senior Principal Professional Dennis Doherty was honored by the North American Society of Trenchless Technology (NASTT) as a 2022 inductee into the NASTT Hall of Fame. Since its founding in 2010, only 31 professionals have been recognized with this industry honor. Doherty will be formerly inducted and recognized during the 2022 No Dig Gala …

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Mississippi 811 Presents Damage Prevention Champion Award

Mississippi 811 Magazine honored 15-year damage prevention veteran Marty Turner as its Damage Prevention Champion. Turner is the manager of damage prevention for the entire five-state network of C Spire. C Spire is headquartered in Mississippi but also operates in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Marty manages both the internal and external locate requests for …

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Rhode Island Contractors Cited in Sewer Line Excavation

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited two Rhode Island contractors after inspectors said the companies exposed employees to cave-in and struck-by hazards in a trench over the summer. According to the report, Reyes Landscaping, Inc. and TRD Contracting LLC face $75,000 in penalties after failing to correct hazards identified …

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PHMSA FINAL RULE TO EXPAND OVERSIGHT & INCIDENT REPORTING TO ONSHORE GAS GATHERING PIPELINES

PHMSA’s new regulations will now cover more than 425,000 miles of gathering pipelines, designed to improve public safety, reduce threats to the physical environment, and promote environmental justice for minority populations, low-income populations, and other underserved and disadvantaged communities. The gas gathering lines typically transport natural gas from production facilities to interstate gas transmission pipelines. …

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811 EMERGENCY REPORT: $61 Billion Lost due to Waste & Inefficiency

(ConstructionDrive) – Failures and inefficiencies in the country’s “811 Call Before You Dig” system are costing utility consumers $61 billion per year and increasing risk to public safety, according to a report released in November by the Infrastructure Protection Coalition (IPC). The report found that expenses were accrued most often when locate marks were destroyed, …

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Damage Prevention Hero – Ketha Molina – An Unrivaled Commitment to a Culture of Safety

KETHA MOLINA IS THE SENIOR DAMAGE PREVENTION MANAGER FOR TEXAS811, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE DAMAGE PREVENTION COUNCIL OF TEXAS, AND PRESIDENT OF LEADING WOMEN OF DAMAGE PREVENTION. She has more than 19 years of establishing and cultivating strong partnerships, implementing successful programs and initiatives, creating a culture of empowerment and workplace responsibility, and using her …

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