A Safety Message from Kentucky 811

This time of year, stakeholders may unintentionally cut corners in the damage prevention process in the pursuit of higher production. There’s less daylight and a shorter workday, and you may be under pressure to get projects completed before the ground freezes. In fact, according to the 2019 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report from the Common Ground Alliance, there are more damages in fall and winter months relative to spring and summer due to more challenging digging conditions.

Kentucky 811 would like to remind everyone that the safety of those who live and work around underground utilities should always be the top priority, regardless of season. According to the 2019 DIRT Report, there were over 450,000 reported damages to underground utilities last year. More than 100,000 of these damages were caused because an excavator did not contact 811 prior to digging. Submitting a ticket online or by calling 811 helps reduce these damages, protecting important utilities and keeping people safe who live and work around the jobsite.

Take care every time you perform any activity that “disturbs the earth” to protect yourself and those around you. Contact 811 before every job, large or small, and always dig with care.

Thank you for your commitment to safe digging,

Kentucky 811

Kentucky 811 Moves to Paperless Invoices

Beginning in January 2021, Kentucky 811 will be transitioning our billing method from a paper-based invoice to an email-based invoice. Please update your accounts payable email address or contact email address to the email you would like to receive invoices starting January 2021. Send your updated information to receivables@usa811.org no later than Dec. 18, 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns about Kentucky 811’s paperless invoices, please contact Tracey Motley at 317-893-1405.

Thank You for Attending the 2020 VMWDPTC!

The Virtual Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference (VMWDPTC) on November 5 offered a free day full of educational sessions and insightful speakers that shared the latest trends, tools and tips in damage prevention and safety.

Attendees had the opportunity to learn about Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811’s new software Exactix, get inspired by renowned safety speakers, gain jobsite training and Continuing Education Units (CEU) credits, and more.

If you missed the conference, you can view recordings of the live sessions on the conference website.

Thank you to everyone who attended the conference for your commitment to damage prevention. We look forward to the 2021 MWDPTC and hope to see you in French Lick, Indiana, Nov. 9-12, 2021! Be sure to check the conference website to stay up to date on 2021 conference news.

Congratulations to our “I Dig Summer” Winners

Each summer, Kentucky 811 and Indiana 811 host the “I Dig Summer” Contest, encouraging excavators to submit locate requests online using Kentucky 811’s Web Ticket Entry system. During this year’s contest, held between May 27 and Sept. 2, participants who submitted locate requests online skipped hold times on the phone and were entered to win monetary prizes totaling $3,400. This was our third annual I Dig Sumer contest, and proved to be the biggest yet. Congratulations to our 2020 “I Dig Summer” winners!

Existing Web Ticket Entry Users: April Dunning, Brandon Hunt, Cassie Kinslow, Bradley McBride, Andrew Metcalfe, Brandi Morse, Brandon Saylor, Adam Smith

New Web Ticket Entry Users: Gregory Bowling, Chad Bullock, Matt Hunter, Journie Lansdon, David Lynn, Cullen Reeves, Glenn Siek, Chad Thissen

Kentucky 811 would like to thank all “I Dig Summer” participants and remind all excavators to continue to save time by submitting locate requests online!

Meet Our Education and Outreach Team

Get to know Kentucky 811’s Education and Outreach liaison team, who represent Kentucky 811 around the state by providing residents with damage prevention information and safety training.

Tim Vaughn is the Director of Government Affairs and Education and Outreach for Kentucky 811 and leads the Education and Outreach team to promote safety and damage prevention across the state. He has over 40 years of experience in the construction and utility industries with an emphasis on natural gas and electric distribution. Tim promotes utility damage prevention and construction safety issues as a registered legislative agent in the state of Kentucky and is active on a national level with the Common Ground Alliance, National Speakers Association and National Association of Corrosion Engineers.

Dusty Sadler is a new addition to the Kentucky 811 Education and Outreach team. A veteran of the Kentucky Army National Guard, Dusty served two tours of duty in Iraq. He comes to Kentucky 811 with 15 years of instructor experience from the National Guard, where he trained soldiers in marksmanship and mentored new instructors. Dusty also graduated in the top five in his class in Recruiting and Retention School and helped to recruit nearly 50 soldiers to the Kentucky National Guard. At Kentucky 811, Dusty will help promote safety across the state through damage prevention training and outreach. Welcome to the team, Dusty!

To schedule a safety training seminar or to learn more about damage prevention in your community, please contact the following:

Tim Vaughntvaughn@usa811.org, (502) 442-3160
Dusty Sadlerdsadler@usa811.org, (270) 709-1492