Allen Gray

Just One More Question

Excavating in our congested rights-of-way is difficult and fraught with peril on many fronts. Dealing with myriad hazards associated with utility construction requires a comprehensive overall safety program addressing everything from trench safety to confined space. Most safety precautions are straight forward and definitive in mitigating the dangers associated within any given circumstance. However, there …

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An Open Letter From An Excavator

Thanks to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the 811 processes has become more efficient, effective and productive. However, there is always room for improvement and all stakeholders can do more to better the process. Underground utility safety and damage prevention is truly a “shared responsibility” as set forth by the CGA. Only when all stakeholders …

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An Open Letter From An Excavator

Thanks to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the 811 processes has become more efficient, effective and productive. However, there is always room for improvement and all stakeholders can do more to better the process. Underground utility safety and damage prevention is truly a “shared responsibility” as set forth by the CGA. Only when all stakeholders …

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Gold Shovel Standard: More Important Now than Ever Before

Damage prevention is very complex. It is an appreciation of this complexity that led me to explore and, later after being asked, to serve on the Board of Directors of Gold Shovel Standard (GSS). GSS is an evolution of a previous program started  by PG&E. A group of industry professionals, both buried asset-owners and leading …

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