Document Your Site

Skip McIntosh of Docusite talks about checklists for damage prevention during all stages of underground utility construction. During pre-construction things, remember to hold a toolbox meeting to talk about all the hazards and safety precautions needed on the job. Look over all the locate marks, walk the site, and make sure you have an 811 …

An Unbiased Safety Inspection

Mike Hartnett of Optimum Safety Management talks about how they help companies develop a better safety culture. Using unbiased safety inspections, they bring a fresh perspective on ways to reduce jobsite hazards. In Optimum’s pre-job briefing, they offer a task hazard analysis and specify how to mitigate those hazards step by step. There are two …

ComEd’s Rules to Dig By

Byron Peters, Damage Prevention Specialist with ComEd, talks about best practices for safe digging around their buried cables during all phases of a planned excavation. Byron advises contractors to utilize the best practice of calling in a design stage locate ticket during which utilities will send maps of their buried assets. Getting ready for excavation, …

Cross Bore Mitigation – Part 2

Crews from NPL brought their Rigid SeeSnake to the Roundtable Live! event to demonstrate cross bore mitigation using trenchless excavation. This is a key component to damage prevention in underground utility construction. Using the features of the bore camera to double check their bore path underground, NPL crews showed how a little extra effort for …

Cross Bore Mitigation – Part 1

Cross bore mitigation demonstrations were part of The Roundtable Live! event August 9, 2018 at Planet Underground. For example, in this particular demonstration, a live utility strike was staged involving a horizontal directional drill cross bore through a sewer lateral. During the demos, we talked to an excavator and a utility company representative about best …

The Vermeer Navigator® HDD Simulator

Zach Pickard, Training and Development Specialist with Vermeer, gives a brief overview of the operation of their Navigator® HDD Simulator. Vermeer has received great feedback from customers using the simulator for horizontal directional drill hands on training. The virtual training acts as a precursor to training on actual drills out in the field. A network …

Protecting Vital Utility Services

During an excavation job at O’Hare in Chicago, electric power supplied to the large international airport was potentially at risk, as Electric Conduit Construction conducted drilling and digging activity onsite. Foreman Tony Gradi remarked that his crews always do their due diligence. They take the time to verify locate marks on the jobsite. The crews …

Vermeer HDD Circuit Training

Vermeer launched its first HDD circuit training program in 2015, which ultimately developed into a two week training program at the factory. Students are pre-tested on current industry knowledge, then have classroom time reviewing key topics for success: safety, mud mixing, drill fluid mixing, what are the types of fluids/how they are used, common components …

811 Garden – Taste of Chicago

Tony Abruscato, Director of the 811 Chicago flower and garden show, says “The 811 garden is all about bringing together urban agriculture, gardening and safe digging. It’s all about consumer safety and awareness.” 811 Chicago sponsored the garden in partnership with the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and Humana. The garden was part of the …

Expect the Unexpected on the Jobsite

The crews of Electric Conduit Construction met with unexpected jobsite dangers in Chicago as they heard gun shots fired nearby. In a densely populated and congested urban environment, underground utility construction crews need to be prepared for just about anything. Above all, there needs to be a constant focus on keeping crews and the public …

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