Safety & Training

How to Blend Locator Technology and Visual Indicators for Ultimate Safety

Prep Talk


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.

Job Hazard Analysis

JHAs Prevent Accidents and OSHA Violations


A job hazard analysis (JHA) helps prevent accidents and OSHA violations by foreseeing and eliminating hazards. JHAs, also known as job safety analysis (JSA), may be used in different ways to analyze a project or a specific task. In this article, we will discuss the use of a JHA to prepare for a new construction project. We should probably call this a project hazard analysis.

Efficiency Production’s Build-A-Box

Trench Shoring and Shielding Showcase


Since 1989, Efficiency Production’s Build-A-Box has been the industry’s standard modular aluminum trench shield system. The company’s Build-A-Box can be assembled in minutes to a wide variety of two-, three- or four-sided configurations. This flexibility enables work crews to make on-the-spot design changes to meet job requirements in conditions ranging from light to extreme.

Chapter News


Members and staff of NUCA of Colorado recently volunteered their Saturday to work on the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora, Colo. The highly motivated crew hit the day early performing various tasks to help the limited staff at the institution that provides families of critically-ill children with an inexpensive home away from home.

Working in Cold

Working in the Cold


The 2012-2013 Farmers’ Almanac says, “Temperatures will be much colder this winter from the East Coast westward to a line from the Dakotas to Texas.” Other parts of the country are expected to be a little warmer than normal

NUCA of the Carolinas Presents Ditch Digger Award


NUCA of the Carolinas awarded its most prestigious award during its fall conference held in October in Pinehurst, N.C. Jerry Smith, Executive Vice President with T.A. Loving Co. (TALCO), was the recipient of Ditch Digger of the Year for his long-time leadership in many sectors of the Carolina construction industry as well as his community.