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From The Desk Of Roger Lipscomb…

Hello DPJ Readers, Governor Kasich signing Senate Bill 378 into law on December 19, 2014 will help to set the framework by which Ohio’s damage prevention industry will hold itself accountable. The bill, which will become active on January 1, 2016, will provide the long-lacking enforcement mechanism for Ohio’s damage prevention laws. Since the Governor […]

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Damage Prevention to get “Teeth” in Ohio

By Michael Downes Staff Writer While damage prevention laws have been on the books in Ohio for decades, the lack of an enforcement component often left regulators powerless to implement many of the law’s provisions. But in December 2014, Governor John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 378, which improves on the state’s existing damage […]

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Ohio Promotes Safe Digging Month in April

By Amy Chmura Staff Writer This April, Ohio Utilities Protection Service (O.U.P.S.) will celebrate National Safe Digging Month with a variety of activities to encourage everyone across the state to call 811 prior to starting any digging project. National Safe Digging month is an awareness event coordinated by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) and its […]

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Working together to prevent damages

by Roger Cox Why is it with the most technologically advanced locating equipment in the history of locating underground utilities, damages still occur due to a mismarked line or pipe?  Excavation equipment is now manufactured with safety in mind.  The great push toward soft digging or properly exposing underground facilities is certainly a step in […]

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PHMSA – No entity should be exempt from the one call notification process

In October 2014, both the U.S. Senate and House received results from the long awaited Study on the Impact of Excavation Damage on Pipeline Safety.  Below is the Executive Summary of the report.  The last three paragraphs are numbered for your convenience.  The complete report is available online. Executive Summary The U.S. Department of Transportation’s […]

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Pipeline Safety Regulatory Procedures – a little satire

by John Jacobi For those of you who enjoy the regulatory process, including petitions for rulemakings, advanced notices of proposed rulemakings, public comments, notices of proposed rulemakings, more public comments, petitions for reconsideration, more public comments, and – if all else fails – a final, final rulemaking…at least final until someone changes it – a […]

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It Takes Teamwork

By Bob Nighswonger I always enjoy watching a good football game. It’s a chance to take a firsthand look at a group of individuals coming together to achieve victory by fundamentally executing plays in their game plan. It takes extensive planning, cooperation and coordination to pull off a win. This type of teamwork takes place […]

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From The Desk Of Roger Lipscomb…

In the last issue of the DPJ we reported that the 2014 call volume in Ohio was on the rise…well, that trend has continued and as of August 31st, our YTD volume is 6.5% ahead of the same period in 2013. We are projecting that the 2014 annual volume will exceed the 2013 annual volume […]

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Betting on the Ponies: 811 wins big with Victor Espinoza and California Chrome

By Michael Downes Staff Writer The message to call before you dig won by a long shot in the 2014 Triple Crown, despite a devastating injury to California Chrome early in the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the series. Proudly wearing the Call 811 insignia, world-class jockey Victor Espinoza rode California Chrome to victory […]

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Vacuum Excavation with an Attitude

By Roger Cox By now, most industry professionals have recognized the value of vacuum excavation.  It has become the “safe” way to expose underground facilities so that we can dig or bore more safely around the exposed facilities. When we think about vacuum excavation, we typically think about potholing for directional boring or maybe exposing […]

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