Safety & Training

To Detect and Protect

To Detect and Protect

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The importance of damage prevention when digging around underground utilities cannot be understated. By avoiding a utility strike, contractors not only protect their company, but the public from potential danger or lost services.

Equipment Inspection

Equipment Inspection Is Essential to Safe Operations

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How effective are your equipment inspections? In a perfect world, equipment operators should be inspecting their equipment each day before using it — but do they actually perform this very important task? Daily inspections are not only essential to the life of the machine, but also for the safety of the operator and the crew.

NUCA of the Carolinas Holds Auger Boring School

NUCA of the Carolinas Holds Auger Boring School

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NUCA of the Carolinas held an Auger Boring School May 13-17 in Aberdeen, N.C. The chapter partnered with Leo Barbera of Horizontal Equipment Co. to facilitate the training. Students traveled from North Carolina, Texas, Minnesota and South Dakota to attend the school.

Invest in Safety Certifications

Invest in Safety Certifications

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Safety management is not just a job — it is an honorable profession. Safety professionals and practitioners are all of the safety managers, directors and coordinators currently working for companies today. They do not have to be certified, nor do they need a lot of letters after their names, but it is to their advantage and to that of the companies they work for to have certification.

OSHA

Employee Representation During OSHA Inspections

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a Letter of Interpretation (LOI) authorizing non-unionized employees to select a union organizer or community activist to act as the employee’s representative during an OSHA inspection provided the representative was selected by the employees.

Out with the Old

Out with the Old

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Many utility construction contractors have finally begun to find the off-ramp from the rough economic road they have been on for at least the past half-decade. As always, when the economy sags equipment owners hold on to their machines longer.

How to Blend Locator Technology and Visual Indicators for Ultimate Safety

Prep Talk

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With the growing utility demands of today’s world comes an ever-expanding network of infrastructure pathways necessary to support these services. Everything from sewer and water to natural gas and telecommunications requires methods of transportation to supply homes and businesses with these needs; typically, the most common route selected is to go underground.

Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

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Nearly a hundred NUCA members descended on the Nation’s Capital on May 6 for NUCA’s annual Washington Summit. For three days, NUCA members heardfrom poignant speakers on legislative issues that matter to the construction industry, discussed Congressional legislation and initiatives and lobbied Congress for infrastructure investmentand innovation.