Bob Nighswonger

Aboveground Clues to Belowground Facilities

Taking the time to perform a visual inspection of your excavation site is a key step in preventing unexpected encounters with unmarked underground facilities. Prior to each departure, commercial airline pilots and their crew perform a detailed visual inspection of the aircraft inside and out. The pilot takes a walk around the outside of the aircraft …

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Safety First: Staying Out Of Harm’s Way While Working In Traffic

Many jobs require a person to work in the roadway or on the roadside. According to OSHA statistics, 40% of roadway construction fatalities were caused by workers struck by moving vehicles and equipment. During my years of line locating, I have painted many miles of line buried beneath the road. Unlike the movie character Austin …

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Responding to Emergency Excavations & Repair

First and foremost: Know what emergency scenario you are responding to and the potential hazards on the excavation and repair site. During the course of any given day, line locating technicians respond to a variety of emergency 811 excavation notifications. Many of these emergency excavation requests involve a service outage, broken poles, gas leaks, water …

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