Save the Date for the Virtual MWDPTC – November 5, 2020

Kentucky 811 and Indiana 811 are excited to announce our Virtual Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference (VMWDPTC)! Save the date for this one-day event on Thursday, November 5, 2020. The conference will offer a variety of educational training opportunities for damage prevention professionals from across the Midwest and beyond. Participants will enjoy interactive training sessions presented by top industry professionals, catch up with industry contacts during personalized networking events, hear from a prominent keynote speaker and more! The conference is a free event, courtesy of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, but you must register in advance. To learn more about the conference and get updates on registration, visit the conference website at Midwest811Conference.com. We look forward to seeing you (virtually) November 5!

The New Kentucky Chapter of NUCA

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) Kentucky chapter held its first board meeting virtually last month, becoming the 31st official chapter of NUCA. In the inaugural meeting on July 9, the chapter covered core issues such as workforce development, Kentucky dig laws, safety promotion, infrastructure funding and industry collaboration. The chapter will be critical to supporting Kentucky contractors and ensuring safety for workers and communities in the state. Founding officers of NUCA of Kentucky include:
 
President – Adam Terry, Cleary Construction
President-Elect – Dave Doggette, Team Construction
Vice President – Shawn Martin, Martin Contracting
Secretary/Treasurer – Tim Vaughn, Kentucky 811
Directors – 
Doug Wood, Louisville Paving;
Steve Mossholder, Flynn Brothers Contracting;Neal Biggs, MAC Construction & Excavating, Inc;
Tim Grant, Grant’s Excavating;
Jamie Nettles, Ferguson Waterworks;
Steven Leff, United Rentals Trench Safety;
Drew Windhorst, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Get to Know Dan Lucarelli, Executive Director of Underground Safety Alliance (USA)

In 2019, Kentucky 811 welcomed Dan Lucarelli as the new Executive Director of Underground Safety Alliance (USA), the umbrella organization for Kentucky and Indiana 811. Over the past year, Dan has been a crucial part in Kentucky 811’s efforts to raise awareness about safe digging and improve the one-call process for members and excavators.
 
Dan arrived at Kentucky 811 from Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. (Pennsylvania 811) and has brought almost 25 years of experience in the damage prevention industry to the USA team. He served as the Director of Marketing and Education at Pennsylvania 811, providing direction and support for underground excavation and building advocacy and educational campaigns to promote the safe digging message. He also co-founded the One-Call industry’s “Mark-it! Madness” committee, a coalition of marketing professionals working to grow individual marketing, education and training best practices into best practices for the industry. Dan uses this expertise in marketing and damage prevention to bring education and awareness campaigns to Kentucky 811 that support safe digging in our state.
 
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a frequent speaker at the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Expo and Conference and is an active a member of CGA, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the American Marketing Association and the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society.
 
Get to know Dan when he speaks on Nov. 5 at the 2020 VMWDPTC. Please save the date!

Submit Locate Tickets Online for a Chance to Win!

Submitting a ticket through Kentucky 811’s online ticketing platform is the quickest and easiest way to submit a locate request, so you can spend less time on hold and more time on the job. Use the Single-Address Web Ticket Entry platform if you’re digging at a single address, and the Multi-Address Web Ticket Entry system for larger jobs spanning multiple addresses.

Plus, this summer, when you submit locate requests via Kentucky 811’s online platform instead of over the phone, you’ll also be automatically entered to win cash prizes through Kentucky 811 and Indiana 811’s “I Dig Summer” contest. No formal entry is required to participate in the “I Dig Summer” contest, which runs through Sept. 2, 2020.

DID YOU KNOW?

One of the newest Best Practices from the Common Ground Alliance’s (CGA) Best Practices Guide involves the safe mitigation and prevention of cross bores. A cross bore is an intrusion of an existing underground utility into a second utility, resulting in direct contact that compromises the integrity of the utility. Because cross bores can be a serious issue, CGA recommends that facility owners and operators utilize technologies like camera inspection both before and after construction to prevent new cross bores, and mitigate existing ones. If you suspect a cross bore, be sure to contact the facility owner and operator to ensure that it’s handled safely. 
 
Want more of the latest Best Practices Guide 17.0? Visit CGA’s website to download the complete guide.