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.

Walt Kelly is a consultant who provides a variety of services in the underground damage prevention field and frequently is called on as an expert witness in litigation involving utility accidents. Previously, he served as director of the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety and on the board of directors of Gopher State (Minnesota) One Call.

Mike Parilac has been involved in utility construction since 1982 and established Staking University in 1998. He also owns Underground Focus magazine and Planet Underground, a resource for products and services related to underground utility damage prevention.

Parilac said many industry damage prevention programs are developed for facility owners, rather than field personnel.

"UCT's large attendance of contractors and utility people responsible for making locates make it an excellent venue for conducting practical locating programs for the people actually responsible for accurately finding and marking buried facilities," he said.