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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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Where Does Time Fly?

by John Jacobi Today is November 1, 2013. One year ago yesterday, I retired after over 19 years as a Federal civil servant. It seems like only yesterday. The first ten were with the US Army Materiel (yes – MateriEl) Command early in my career. From 2003 through October 31, 2012, I was a Community […]

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“There’s an Art to It” A day in the life of a line locator

by Justin Ritter Public Awareness Coordinator Enbridge Energy Jamie Bodine walks through the knee-high grass, her line locating equipment slung over one shoulder and a spray paint gun over the other. A dark line of clouds is moving in over the trees, but there is one more line to mark for the day and just […]

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7 Fundamental Steps to a Quality Locate

By Bob Nighswonger It has been my experience as a locator that when I followed the same steps during each locate and kept my truck organized, I was much more productive during my day and made far fewer mistakes. Although many locators may approach the task differently, I’d like to present seven fundamental steps for […]

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Trenching and Excavation safety Part one: The role and responsibilities of the “Competent Person”

By David V. Dow Editor’s Note: This is the first of four articles in this series that discusses specific steps that contractors and utilities can take to help insure the safety of their personnel. Obviously, this is an overview of the subject. It is impossible to properly cover the topic in just four relatively short […]

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Me & Dillard

You know how old folks say that spring is just around the corner when you see a robin in the yard? I was too little to know about all that, but I reckoned it was so. But a sure sign that summer fun was over for me was seeing Mr. Rat Gibson drive that big […]

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