dp-PRO 2020 Winter

Embracing the Suck: Embracing the Idea of True Fatigue Management

My portfolio is filled with a very diverse set of careers and because of that, I can speak firsthand when I say the most important aspect of fatigue management is cultural management. How tired, how exhausted or on the flip side, how awake and energized your workforce is falls completely on the culture your company …

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Natural Gas Transporter Uses Geofencing to Share Safe Digging Message

AS A LEADING transporter of natural gas to America’s heartland, one of Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline’s passions is finding new and creative ways to promote public awareness across the company’s footprint, which stretches approximately 5,800 miles across multiple states in the Midwest and Mid-Continent regions. This past year, Southern Star utilized Geofencing to spread …

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CenterPoint Energy gets Tastefully Creative with 8/11 Day Outreach

TO CELEBRATE 8/11 DAY, CenterPoint Energy partnered with Kona Ice trucks in select cities across their eight-state territory to deliver ice cream treats to local community members. Twelve different trucks decorated with 811 messaging were escorted by CenterPoint Energy employees. Before digging into their treats, patrons were reminded to contact 811 before starting any outdoor …

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Private Utilities: Wait a Minute, they did NOT Locate Everything? Call 811 Before You DIG!

Wait a Minute, they did not Locate Everything? I would like to say a lot has changed about communication of existing private utilities in the ground since 2010, but in reality, I still get the calls from people trying to inform me that 811 locate responders do not go past the sidewalk or onto private …

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Excavation Safety: Mobile Automation of your Pre-Excavation Checklist

Mobile automation of your pre-excavation checklist helps reduce incident rates. Entering data into a pre-excavation checklist app, rather than a paper form, allows for real-time reporting and predictive analysis to identify risks and put mitigating actions in place before an incident happens. Moving from a paper pre-excavation checklist to an automated checklist ensures your safety …

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Working in the Pandemic – How we Moved the Entire Work Force from the Office to the Home

When the pandemic hit, many businesses closed down and others rushed to set up a workfrom- home infrastructure. We count ourselves fortunate that 811 was considered an essential service so we were able to continue operations alongside the many stakeholders in our industry that continued to go to work every day. We recognize that the …

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Damage Prevention and Worker Safety – Two Sides of the Important Coin for Water Workers

For a long time, those working in the larger water industry have provided a service that many of us take for granted. We expect to have a shower in the morning. We depend on clean water for cooking and hydration. Particularly with COVID-19 threatening our workplaces, more must be done to protect these workers. What …

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MISS DIG 811 Creates a Collection of Online Tools called e-Suite

The dig season in Michigan that takes place during the spring and summer months is brief, but hectic. There isn’t much time to schedule and complete all excavation projects before winter sets in. This year is even more compressed due to the onset of COVID-19, which has caused delays which could result in the temptation …

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