Each year Louisiana811 (LA811) recognizes a standout with their Locator of the Year Award. Nominations are accepted allowing excavators and member utilities to nominate a locator who has gone above and beyond in providing safe, excellent service.
The 2021 LA811 Locator of the Year winners are Jason Raffray, Entergy Gas (large member company winner) and John Jackins, Stake Center (contract locator winner). Prizes include $100 in cash, a customized hardhat, bragging rights, recognition through LA811, entrance for the winner and one guest to the Louisiana Damage Prevention Summit, and a LA811 gift basket.
All nominees for the award must be employed by a LA811 member or a contract locator employed by a member company, and they must meet the following criteria:
• Minimum of two years locating experience in Louisiana
• Employed by a member company during the calendar year
• Completed minimum number of locates (500 for small classification; 3,500 for large classification; 500 for contract locator)
• Had ZERO “At Fault” damages
• Had ZERO Safety Violations
• Established proactive relationships in damage prevention
John Jackins was nominated by Selina Gerald of Livewire Communications. “John is always willing to go the extra mile when performing locates. He will always let us know if there are any issues,” she said. “He is very personable and our entire crew loves when he is locating our jobs. If we ever have a problem, we can call John and he is always quick to answer our calls.”
Jason Raffray was nominated by Michelle Blanchard, Region Manager of Entergy Gas. Jason has been working for Entergy for almost 15 years, first as a Gas Construction and Maintenance Mechanic before moving to the Gas Damage Prevention Group in 2016.
“Jason has completed over 8,000 tickets in 2021. He is a skilled locator that always looks at the big picture, such as taking action to correct measurement records and creating jobs to get test leads installed when locate tone is weak,” Blanchard said. “Jason is a hard-working, skilled, dedicated team player. He provides technical training and assistance to the entire Damage Prevention Team.”
The Entergy Gas Damage Prevention Team was essential in supporting restoration efforts following Hurricane Ida, a powerful category 4 hurricane that struck Orleans Parish in late August (2021). The Damage Prevention Team worked hundreds of emergency tickets and Jason was key to the efforts. He was able to push through the difficulties and pull in needed resources like hydro-vac trucks to get the job done. He also coordinated and communicated with the electric line workers to make sure there were no excavation damages to gas facilities following the hurricane.
LA811 congratulates both Jason and John for earning the 2021 Locator of the Year Awards!