Damage Prevention/Safety Program Enjoys Strong Start At UCT

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | March 2010 Vol. 65 No. 3
Inside the classroom at a UCT 2010 education session.

The debut of the Damage Prevention and Safety Conference at the 2010 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) got off to a promising start, said event coordinator Walt Kelly, and participants were enthusiastic about the content and value of educational sessions and hands on training.

The conference was structured to be useful to field personal responsible for locating and marking buried utility infrastructure, damage prevention specialists, utility contractors and engineers who plan and design underground projects.

The conference consisted of six educational sessions on Jan.19, the first day of UCT, and a locator certification training seminar the following day.

"We are very pleased with the conference," said Kelly. "Each of the educational sessions was well attended, and I was impressed with the background knowledge and level of interest of those participating. They definitely were here to learn and to apply knowledge gained on their daily jobs. Several participants told me they would welcome even more advanced training."

Educational sessions
Providing Better Ticket Information To One Call, conducted by Kelly, covered information needed by one call personnel to best originate underground utility locates and manage work flows to maximize efficiency;

Supplementing One Call: How To Get Accurate Locates On Private Property, conducted by Mike Parilac, Staking University, discussed how to ensure utilities are accurately located and marked on sites outside the jurisdiction of one call agencies;

Preventing Deadline Accidents In Confined Work Spaces, presented by Kirby Lastinger, RescuePros, shared his experiences of confined space rescues and the dangers, ways to avoid them and regulatory requirements for those who work in confined spaces;

Cross Bores And Legacy Guidelines, sponsored by the Cross Bore Safety Association and presented by Mark Bruce, association president, reviewed the potential dangers inherent in striking natural gas lines that have inadvertently been installed through sanitary sewer pipes;

Get The D.I.R.T. On Underground Utility Incidents, presented by J.D. Maniscalo, Utility Notification Center of Colorado, covered the Common Ground Alliance Damage Industry Reporting Tool (D.I.R.T.), described how this important data gathering tool works and why contractors as well as utility operators should contribute data.