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From the Desk of Roger Lipscomb…

In the last issue of the DPJ, we reported that 2013 was a record-breaking year for Ohio’s excavation industry. Well, we are excited to report that, despite inclement weather in the first two months of the year, the YTD ticket volume at the end of April 2014 was up 3% over the same period in […]

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O.U.P.S. finds success with Safe Digging Month

By Michael Downes Staff Writer O.U.P.S. has once again set the bar for reinforcing the message of Call Before You Dig to residents of Ohio during the organization’s annual observation of National Safe Digging Month this April. The team members at O.U.P.S. found exciting and fun ways to dialogue with the public about safety — […]

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CGA 2014

  by John Jacobi Today is March 15, 2014.  I just got back from the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo in Phoenix.  It has been my privilege and pleasure to have attended every CGA annual meeting since 2003 (except one and that was beyond my control).  For me, the CGA Annual meeting is […]

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The Orange Shoe Man

  By Bob Nighswonger I was born and raised in the small town of Cushing, Oklahoma, which is known in the pipeline industry as the petroleum pipeline crossroads of the world. Growing up, my dad would often take us on a Sunday drive after church to tour what he called the tank farms, which were […]

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Me & Dillard

I do not know why, but even as a little boy, I really liked being in a garden and gardening was pretty much a year round job when you depended on it for most of what you ate. Barnyard fertilizer was plowed into the ground not just before the garden was planted, but after the […]

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From The Desk Of Roger Lipscomb…

Welcome Readers, Many of you may already be aware of the fact that 2013 was a very busy year for Ohio’s excavation industry. Well, the final numbers for 2013 are tallied and they reveal that it was not only a very busy year in Ohio, but also, it was the busiest year on record. The […]

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OUDPC Continues to Work toward Strengthening Damage Prevention Laws

By Dana Brantley, Staff Writer After successfully lobbying to get the first changes to Ohio’s damage prevention law in more than 20 years signed into law in December 2012, the Ohio Underground Damage Prevention Coalition immediately began working in hopes of getting additional legislation passed in the Ohio General Assembly this year. The Ohio Underground […]

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April Marks National Safe Digging Month

By Amy Chmura Staff Writer Ohio Governor John Kasich has issued a proclamation recognizing April as National Safe Digging Month and encouraging citizens across the state to call 811 to reach Ohio Utilities Protection Service (O.U.P.S.) before starting any digging project. O.U.P.S. is joining one call centers and stakeholders across the country in recognizing and […]

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O.U.P.S. Processes Over One Million Tickets in 2013

  “Completing one million tickets is a reflection of the fact that we’ve done a good job educating people that they need to call before they dig…” By Michael Downes, Staff Writer In a state with a population of about 11.5 million, it’s quite a feat to process more than one million tickets through the One-Call system in a single calendar year. But Ohio did just that in 2013, completing approximately one ticket for every 11 residents in […]

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Getting What You Pay For!

By Virginia Reames Commercial Lines Manager The Policy Center, Inc. in Jackson, MS Time is money,” so they say. That’s what you say when you don’t want to do something you really should or must according to the law. “If you worry about all those laws and regulations, you’ll never get anything done. I’m careful. […]

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