Eric Giguere – Buried Alive!

In “Eric Giguere: Buried Alive,” watch and listen to a short excerpt from Eric’s heart wrenching, yet inspiring presentation given around the country, and this case, presented to the audience of the United Rentals Trench Safety Expo in Chicago in 2019. Eric never imagined that being buried alive in a trench collapse could happen to …

Damage Investigations

Safe practices demonstrations were a major part of The Roundtable Live! 2018 summer excavation safety event at Planet Underground. Dave Conover and Carl Parks, one-call enforcement investigators from the Illinois Commerce Commission, demonstrate how to do a proper underground excavation damage investigation. Often they get photos and other evidence from the utility owners, but not …

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 …

Kill and Drill

Jon Moulton of Q3 Contracting speaks with us from a jobsite in which Q3 used potholing and hand digging to confirm the existence of an unlocatable plastic gas service line. This line had been marked previously by their locators via silver paint on the ground and white flags in the area. As such, Q3 determined …

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 …

The Impact of Metrotech 810

Still in use 30 years later, the 810 locator, featured in this video, was the first electromagnetic locator providing simultaneous peak and null readings, reducing the potential for human error.

Near miss at an electrical substation

In these interviews by Planet Underground TV, a group of excavators shares important safety advice about drilling near electrical substations and underground facilities.

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