DAMAGE PREVENTION IS OFF AND RUNNING
WHAT. A. SHOW.
The first Mock Line Strike/Pipeline Response event of 2017 is behind us now, and we’re focusing our sights on the next one in Wichita Falls on March 16. If the recent event in Amarillo is anything to judge by, it’s that our learning by seeing it happen is a popular way of educating people.
The Amarillo event presented by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), the High Plains Damage Prevention Council, Texas811 and Enertech that concluded on Feb. 10 had several parts – there county level meetings prior to the main event in Amarillo. These were held in Dalhart Feb 7th, Perryton February 8th & Pampa February 9th.
TEEX presented a countywide pipeline safety awareness program at the meetings on February 7, 8 and 9. This PipelineResponse training class covered local information about pipelines, products, product properties, response information and local pipeline operators’ contact information.
At the evening meeting on February 9 in Pampa, Texas811 instructed a damage prevention training class covering pipelines, products, product properties, state one-call laws, safe digging practices and local pipeline operators’ contact information.
The big show in Amarillo on February 10 featured multiple exhibitors and the Mock Line Strike, followed by lunch.
The Mock Line Strike wasn’t just seen by those in the arena, either. All of Amarillo’s network affiliates were there to share the story to viewers in the Amarillo viewing area.
http://www.newschannel10.com/story/34478867/texas811-demonstrates-dangers-of-digging-underground (CBS affiliate, Amarillo)
http://www.myhighplains.com/news/live-pipline-rupture-response-featured-in-high-plains-safety-day/654455800 (NBC/FOX affiliate, Amarillo)
http://abc7amarillo.com/news/local/stop-and-call-811-before-digging-experts-say (ABC affiliate, Amarillo)
Additionally, on behalf of every Emergency Responder attendee who came to the PipelineResponse training class a $5.00 donation was made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and/or the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund depending on the line of service each attendee represents.
We’d like to especially thank Atmos Energy, Enbridge, DCP Midstream, OneOK and United Rentals for their help and support in making the High Plains Safety Day such a success.
And remember – that was Safety Day Event number ONE out of 17 for 2017. The next one is in Wichita Falls on March 16th. Check it out at www.diggingtexas811.com
But as they say on TV – wait, there’s more!
Reminder – the Texas811 Damage Prevention Summit is almost upon us! This year’s event is again taking place in San Marcos, February 27 – March 1. Exhibitors will be displaying and demonstrating their products and services to the largest gathering of industry professionals dedicated to excavation safety and damage prevention in the state. You can still register to attend this great event here: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1858792 and be sure to use the discount code 17TX811 and save $50. Note that the host hotel room block is already full – Click here to see list of hotels in surrounding area.
And – the 20th Annual Texas811 Golf Tournament is scheduled for Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas on Friday, April 21st. This event draws both scratch and weekend golfers. A full lunch and plenty of door prizes round out the day. Polish up your sticks and plan to join us! Registration Fees: Individual: $100 Team of 4: $380. Click HERE for online registration!
Until next week, safe digging!
By Scott Finley