Locator Safety Awareness and Appreciation Week

Utility locators are the backbone of the underground infrastructure industry. Making timely, accurate marks keeps the public safe, protects infrastructure, and allows every other sector of the industry to operate successfully. In conjunction with Locator Safety & Appreciation Week (LSAW), dp-PRO is holding an artwork competition to further highlight the importance of locators’ work. The competition is an opportunity for readers to showcase their artistic ability while making a contribution to LSAW’s mission to increase locator safety and appreciation. The winning artist will be announced during Damage Prevention Week at the 2021 Global Excavation Safety Conference and their winning piece will be featured on the cover of the 2021 dp-PRO Special Locate issue.


Locator Safety & Appreciation Week is an industry-wide celebration of locators and the work they perform. Their hard work and dedication ensure the safety of the public and the protection of infrastructure we all rely on. LSAW is an opportunity for the industry to say “thank you” to locators for all that they do.

It’s also an opportunity to educate locators and the public on the possible hazards in the field. LSAW places a special focus on the top 10 hazards locators face on the job. This safety-geared focus has two goals: One, to remind locators to follow best safety practices – when they stay safe, the public stays safe; and Two, to provide education to the public and others in the industry who may be unfamiliar with the hazardous elements of the job. Understanding the hazards locators face can grow public awareness and appreciation for locating work.


Find additional information on each of the top locator safety hazards and how to combat them at locatorsafety.com.

  1. Confined Spaces
  2. Threats to the Eye
  3. Climate & Weather
  4. Dog Bites
  5. Punctures & Foot Trauma
  6. Poison Ivy & Other Skin Threats
  7. Insect Bites & Stings
  8. Walking, Lifting, Bending, & Squatting
  9. Slips, Trips, & Falls
  10. Time on the Road


Artists are tasked with creating a piece of original art depicting one of the top 10 locator safety hazards. All visual forms of art are encouraged including, but not limited to, photography, illustration, and painting. Creativity is heavily considered in the selection process, so have fun with it! Additionally, submissions should clearly illustrate one of the top 10 hazards, be relevant to the theme of locator safety, and be visually appealing. Artwork submissions will be accepted through Saturday, September 19, 2020.

The artwork submissions, with artist names removed, will be voted on by the readers of dp-PRO from December 1, 2020 – February 1, 2021. Voting will take place at locatorsafety.com. The winning submission will be announced at the 2021 Global Excavation Safety Conference.

The winning submission will be celebrated on the cover of the 2021 dp-PRO Special Locate issue and will become the featured poster for 2021 LSAW, April 19-25.


  1. Go to www.locatorsafety.com and click on the contest tab.
  2. Upload your poster submission paired with your Statement of Originality.
  3. Once your entry has been received, you will receive a confirmation email.


Find additional information on each of the top locator safety hazards and how to combat them at locatorsafety.com.

Submission start date: 3/25/2020

Submission end date: 9/19/2020

Voting dates: 12/1/2020 – 2/1/2021

Submit or learn more at: locatorsafety.com

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