Staff Report

Damage Prevention Hero – Jim Hayes – An Influential Leader in the Fiber Optics Industry

JIM HAYES, AND HIS WIFE KAREN, BEGAN THEIR CAREER IN FIBER OPTICS IN 1980, WITH THE CREATION OF THE WORLD’S FIRST FIBER OPTIC TEST EQUIPMENT COMPANY TITLED, APPROPRIATELY, THE FIBER OPTIC TEST EQUIPMENT COMPANY (FOTEC). HE WAS RECRUITED BY BELL LABS IN THE 1980S TO BUILD TEST EQUIPMENT FOR AT&T. JIM DECLINED THE OFFER AND …

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Damage Prevention Hero – Glen “Cookie” Cook – An Innovator and Driver of Energy Queensland Initiatives

GLEN “COOKIE” COOK IS A PASSIONATE POWERLINE SAFETY ADVOCATE. HE IS CURRENTLY A PRINCIPAL COMMUNITY SAFETY SPECIALIST FOR ENERGY QUEENSLAND WITH CLOSE TO 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORKING WITHIN THE CONSTRUCTION AND UTILITIES INDUSTRIES. In 2020, Glen received the Australian Health and Safety Professional of the Year award. In 2021, he was honored with the …

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2022 Damage Prevention Hero of the Year

Ketha Molina (Spring, 2022)   An Unrivaled Commitment to a Culture of Safety. Ketha Molina is the Senior Damage Prevention Manager for Texas811, Vice President of the Damage Prevention Council of Texas, and President of Leading Women of Damage Prevention. She has more than 19 years of establishing and cultivating strong partnerships, implementing successful programs and …

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The 2022 Pipeline Awareness & Safety Summit Focuses on the Role of Field Data

Moderator: Kesley Tweed – Executive Director, PAPA Panelists: Tina Beach – Representative, Government Relations Senior, CHS Chad Shannon – Business Development Manager, MEA Energy Association Ryan Martin – Public Awareness Administrator, Phillips 66 The annual Pipeline Safety & Awareness Summit, held at the Global Excavation Safety Conference, brings together major gas & oil voices to …

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Damage Prevention Hero – Danny Nichols, In Memoriam – Celebrating an Industry Veteran and Visionary

Danny Nichols, an industry veteran and visionary, passed away on June 24. He began his career with the pipeline industry in the mid-80’s, working in both gas transmission and distribution. His involvement has included Design, Construction, Operations, Maintenance and Emergency Response of Natural Gas & Hazardous Liquid Transmission, Gathering and Storage Facilities. Danny worked for …

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Damage Prevention Hero – Geoff Zeiss, A True Visionary in the Geospatial Sector

GEOFF ZEISS HAS MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE GEOSPATIAL SOFTWARE INDUSTRY AND MORE THAN 15 YEARS WORKING WITH UTILITIES, COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC WORKS AROUND THE WORLD. Working with “Between the Poles”, Geoff is responsible for tracking the digitization of vertical and horizontal infrastructure in the energy and construction sectors. The list of …

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TOP RATED OF 2022

THE GLOBAL EXCAVATION SAFETY CONFERENCE is the place to gain knowledge about the damage prevention industry. Featuring the best speakers in the industry, you will learn something you can bring back to your company to improve your processes and help keep people safe. We’d like to take the opportunity to recognize some of the speakers …

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Water & Sewer Infrastructure Protection Summit

The 2022 Water & Sewer Infrastructure Summit took place March 2, during Global Excavation Safety Conference in Phoenix, AZ. This year’s primary topic was, “What does responsible potholing look like?” Moderated by Erin Hayes, General Manager of Kingsbrook Rural Water, panelists Robert Edwards, Eric Larson, and Charles Bell led an engaging discussion on potholing techniques, …

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Excavator Perspective Summit

The 2022 Excavator Perspective Summit took place during The Global Excavation Safety Conference in Phoenix, AZ, at the beginning of March. Four excavation industry veterans, including moderator Larry Berwanger of Badger Daylighting, came together to discuss communication issues in the excavation process. More specifically, to point the panel towards solution-driven discussion, they ventured to answer …

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Global Excavation Safety Conference 2022: A Warm Reunion in Arizona

IT HAD BEEN TWO YEARS SINCE the damage prevention industry gathered for an Excavation Safety Conference (Global ESC). In that time, plenty had changed. New industry associations came to life, work from home standards transformed entire sectors, dig tickets hit all time highs, and virtual meetings came in and out of fashion a dozen times. …

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