The 2017 Texas811 Damage Prevention Summit is underway in San Marcos, Texas. We’ll be running from today, through March 1. To see what’s happening, click here: http://texas811.damagepreventionsummit.com
Classes are underway today:
The Competent Person for Excavation Safety class is built around the ability to recognize existing and predictable hazards in and around the excavation and appropriate corrective measures. It’s designed to provide students with an awareness of the 1926 Subpart P Excavation Standard as well as an introduction to current protective system design and selection. For those employees that an employer wishes to be a Competent Person the class will provide the technical education component of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Competent Person requirements.
Utility Locator Training begins with a live classroom training session with comprehensive animated slide presentations, lively discussions, and a supporting workbook loaded with reference materials and classroom activities. The classroom session is followed by a hands on instruction performed outdoors where a variety of conventional and not so conventional equipment is placed in the hands of the workshop participants in efforts to build “equipment friendly” users of line detection equipment.
Both of these are full day classes.
The One Call Board of Texas meeting takes place in the afternoon, followed by a meet and greet reception hosted by Texas811.
The famous Damage Prevention Summit exhibit hall opens on Tuesday.
For those so inclined, the Summit golf tournament is also hitting the links today.
Still ahead in the next two days, the Damage Prevention Councils of Texas Roundtable, an update from the Common Ground Alliance, the Texas811 annual meeting, sessions on the Texas811 Portal update, preconstruction sewer locating, new technology for making plastic pipe locatable, why water utilities should be members of Texas811, the benefits of vacuum excavation, cross bore inspections, an update on the Gold Shovel Standard and of course Mark Allen with Enertech will be presenting on our PipelineResponse/Mock Line Strike Safety Day initiative. You can read much more on that at http://diggingtexas811.com/about and here: http://blog.dpcoftexas.com/damage-prevention-is-off-and-running/
I bet you got out of breath just reading all of that!!!!
And of course, we want you to come by and meet the newest member of the Texas811 team, former Railroad Commission of Texas member David Ferguson who will be focusing on pipeline damage prevention.
If you’re here with us in San Marcos, welcome! If you missed it this year, we hope to see you next year. And many of the topics you read about above will be addressed in future blogs right here, and on the DPCs of Texas website at http://dpcoftexas.com
You can keep up with us daily at the Summit by following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TESS.Texas811/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
Until next week, safe digging!
Written by Scott Finley