dp-pro Special Locate 2021

Did You Know a Locator Saved Your Life Last Week? Celebrating Locator Safety & Appreciation Week

LOCATOR SAFETY & APPRECIATION Week (LSAW) is April 19-25. This annual celebration brings to the forefront the need to recognize the important job locators do, thank them for their diligence and hard work, and provide them with tips and tools designed to help keep them safe on the job. Why should you care? Well, the …

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NUCA of WA

NUCA of WA is the Western Washington Chapter of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA National). Consisting of approximately 75 members, the organization is a nonprofit trade association whose primary purpose is to represent the best interest of those in the utility construction and excavation industry. This is done through active participation with legislation, community …

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Unsafe Digging Leaves Everlasting Impact

Damage to a small natural gas distribution pipeline destroyed one home, damaged several other homes, sent three individuals to emergency care, injured 40 others, displaced over 400 residents, and disrupted natural gas service for approximately 430 homes and businesses. This took place in Canmore, Alberta, a small mountain town approximately 100 km/62 mi. west of …

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The Rise of First Amendment Audits and Its Impact on YOU!

“IF THEY CANNOT PROVOKE A CONFRONTATION, THEY WILL TYPICALLY LEAVE. TO AN AUDITOR, POLITE + FRIENDLY = BORING.” A First Amendment Audit. Most of us have never heard of such a thing, let alone experienced it. But the chance of facing one grows daily. They are aggravating and unsettling; and if not handled well, can …

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ERGONOMICS

Ergonomics is the way you use your body to work and fitting the job or task to you to reduce your risk of injury. The goal of ergonomics is to reduce the risk of soft tissue injuries. These injuries typically develop slowly over time and involve nerves, muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments. Examples of these …

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How GIS Is TRANSFORMING Pipeline Safety for Municipal Utilities

THE YEAR IS 2001. Collectively, we had just survived Y2K, the twin towers still stood in NYC, and pipeline regulations were starting to be a flashpoint in the industry. What few realized is that pipeline safety – and the definition of what “compliance” means to pipeline operators – would soon be transformed by a confluence …

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SPECIAL FOCUS – The Inaugural Global Locate Masters (GLM)

The Inaugural Global Locate Masters (GLM) is scheduled to take place during Damage Prevention Week at the 2022 Global Excavation Safety Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, March 1-3. The competition is designed to test the top locators in the world in a skills competition unlike any held before. Using UTTO virtual locate simulators, locators have the …

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