Excavation Safety Alliance (ESA) virtual Town Halls are an open forum for all stakeholders to discuss concerns and present potential solutions to improve damage prevention and excavation safety. The ESA Town Halls are free to attend and are open to anyone.
The goal of each ESA Town Hall is to provide a forum for open discussion on key industry topics and to be a place where anyone can suggest solutions or improvements. There is rarely one solution that will work for everyone, but often someone has a solution that will work for others. While outlining the problems and causes is an important fi rst step, the goal of the ESA Town Halls is to end up focused on solutions and improvements.
Each ESA Town Hall will have a moderator and a panel. As a Town Hall these will be heavily weighted towards questions and comments from the virtual audience. At the end of each Town Hall there will be a short survey asking participants if there should be follow-up meetings on this topic to keep discussing solution ideas.
A summary of each Town Hall will appear in the dp-PRO magazine. Each Town Hall will also be recorded and available on the ESA website.
Guiding Principles for ESA
• ESA is the place in the industry where solutions to industry problems are developed, with no bias towards any stakeholder group.
• ESA will not develop best practices, but ESA will post members best practices and/or solutions that have worked for them.
• ESA is the place where subject matter experts will have a platform to have their voices & ideas heard.
• ESA is the go-to virtual resource for damage prevention and excavation safety education.
• Every ESA member and member company is equal.
Town Halls and Virtual Keynote speakers are the first step in the evolution of ESA. Future plans include:
• Allowing people to post proposed solutions on the ESA site
• Allow associations and companies to join ESA
• Hosting virtual networking events
ESA Virtual Keynote Speakers
These speakers will be experts with compelling messages and great content. Our first two keynotes will be:
Going to the Rail: An 811 Outreach
JJ will not only share his experiences on the road as an 811 Ambassador, but also share practical knowledge on successful outreach experiences to cognitively engage the customer on the 811 message.
The Power of Safety First
From electrical construction accident survivor to Olympian, Cliff Meidl’s dynamic presentation shares his incredible journey of resilience and vision and how he persevered to overcome many challenges. Cliff will demonstrate how worksite accidents affect both our employees and families.
Town Halls will be held monthly on the second Thursday of the month. Each Town Hall will be scheduled for an hour.
Topic: April 14th – Let’s Partner for 811 Solutions!
Everyone wants the same outcome, on time locates with zero damages while keeping workers and the public safe. Contractors say, “Why can’t I get my marks on time and accurate?” Locators say, “Why do you request so many unnecessary tickets or keep destroying the marks I just put down?” 811 Centers serve utility owners and excavating customers who take positions on all sides of every issue and can help bridge the gap between parties. Let’s partner to keep improving. This will be a forum so bring your ideas.
What causes them and how can they be reduced significantly?
2. Exemptions to One Call Laws
Why do these exist, what problems they cause, and should they be eliminated?
3. Mandatory Damage Reporting & effective metrics Pros & Cons.
Why is this not required everywhere? Will standardizing the data collected in every state, province, and globally help the industry develop the best solutions?
4. Enforcement of One Call Laws
What makes them fair and effective? Third party enforcement Boards are a trend that seems to be effective. What do you think?
5. Does online ticket entry reduce damages and improve efficiency?
Do the current systems for this work well? How can they be improved? Should this be required?
6. How can effective excavation site descriptions and identification be improved? Using white lining, GPS, and aerial images all help. When will all asset owners have complete and accurate GIS records?
7. How can you create a culture of damage prevention and excavation safety?
Educating people one at a time is important, but the real long-term solution is to create a culture of damage prevention and excavation safety that starts in the C Suite and ends in the field with technicians. How can this be accomplished with both contractors and asset owners?
8. Should tickets be standardized?
Would it improve safety and damage prevention if required response time, ticket size, distance, and ticket life were all standardized?
Have an idea for a future Town Hall?