As utility and excavation contractors, we all know what dirt is because it is the soil we dig in all the time. However, there is another definition of dirt; one that is very important to our industry and every contractor should be familiar with it. DIRT is actually the acronym for Damage Information Reporting Tool.
With more than 19 million miles of buried utilities in the United States, there are plenty of obstacles to navigate around when performing an excavation project. While services such as One-Call are a great starting point at identifying a utility’s location, exposing a utility is the only sure way to know where that valuable infrastructure truly lies.
It’s no secret that utility contractors in today’s world have more demands on their time than any other period in history. In our extremely fast paced and information-overloaded daily routines, it’s no wonder that most business owners feel overwhelmed and “bogged down.” They can sometimes even lose focus on the very reasons they started their companies.
Rising from one of the world’s most remote places — the Hawaiian Islands — a new NUCA Chapter has emerged following weeks of recent groundwork by utility contractors based there. Though still in its formative year, NUCA of Hawaii has already made its mark as one of the state’s strongest, most active and highly regarded groups.
During the Feb. 10 “A National Symposium: Veterans’ Employment in Construction,” hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor and Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez celebrated a broad coalition of construction employers and associations that have collectively pledged to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years.
In February, John Deere’s Construction and Forestry Division marked the completion of two manufacturing facilities in Indaiatuba-SP, Brazil. John Deere will manufacture its industry-leading backhoe loaders and wheel loaders in one location and excavators, in partnership with Hitachi Construction Machinery, in the other.
Donation of Brutus HDPTO Utility Vehicles Saves CAN/AM Hockey More Than $10,000Polaris Industries Inc. and its Newport, N.Y., dealer Moody’s Polaris donated four Brutus HDPTO commercial utility vehicles for the 10th-annual Lake Placid, N.Y., CAN/AM Adult Pond Hockey Tournament held Jan. 24-26. The donation saved the organization more than $10,000 in rental costs.