Utility Contractor

SEP-OCT 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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6 Utility Contractor | September/October 2018 Fall into Action Ahh, Fall, one of my favorite times of the year. The college football season is off and running, and we are all hoping for our Alma Maters to take the conference championship and dreaming of a national championship. My beloved Montana State Bobcats, although only picked to finish in the middle of the pack, will be in the hunt all year long. As long as they beat the despised Griz, it will be another successful season! Fall is also a time when we, as contractors, can finally catch our breath. After a crazy spring and summer working to complete the underground work, grading, curbs, etc., we only await the paving (while praying for the rain to hold off one more week). Now, unless you are fortunate to have a multi-year project, is the time to plan for next year and start bidding next year's work. But at least we now have a little time to take in that occasional Saturday football or soccer game, go hunting, or simply relax. This year there is one "HUGE" contest we cannot miss because it could significantly impact our companies—the dreaded mid-term elections. Politics is a contact sport, so don't be a spectator! We need to get in and mix it up! If we hope to continue on the pro- contractor, pro-business track we have been on for the past few years, it will require all of us spending some money and time to keep this going. How do we "mix it up"? I'm glad you asked. Start by getting up to speed about the good work of our industry's highly effective political action committee, NUCA/PAC. Then encourage your friends and family to vote. Getting the right people into office in the first place is half the battle. If we sit on the sidelines and watch, we may not be pleased with the results. Speaking of getting involved and mixing it up, NUCA actively promoted Vo-Tech programs (or Career Technical Education, CTE, as is now called), which encourage young men and women to pursue careers in construction. Reauthorization of the Perkins Act, which provides funding for access to high-quality CTE school programs, was a top issue we discussed with Members of Congress during the Washington Summit. The President, who is a strong believer in CTE, signed the Carl D. Perkins Act on July 31. This is a significant win we can be proud of and offers one more path to securing the current and future workforce we all need. The reauthorization earmarks significant funding for programs in schools beginning in 5th grade, but it is up to us to lobby state and local leaders and work with industry organizations to direct vocational funding to our communities and ensure construction programs are integrated into our local high schools and community colleges. Another major win for NUCA members, and thanks to all who participated, was our 2018 Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD). This year contractors and other organizations trained 22,000 workers and reinforced the importance of trench safety. We all know there is no excuse for sending anyone into an unshored hole. NUCA is proud of our record as a leader in trench safety. Remember to thank your superintendents, foremen, and crews for their diligence. And speaking of safety, NUCA's Safety Directors Forum will be held November 7-8 in Las Vegas. This event will open with a half-day open forum. Attendees will also hear from legal and safety experts on safety director liability, damage prevention and cross bores, hand-held saws and kick-back protection, and other important topics. The SDF is another great opportunity to share ideas and learn from your peers. If you or your safety people pick up one golden nugget to improve your safety program, it will more than pay for itself. However, as this event coincides with the election, make sure whoever goes, votes early! Let's Make NUCA Great Again, MNGA! Mark Fuglevand NUCA Chairman of the Board KBA Inc. NUCA CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE September/October 2018 Volume 42, Number 5, Utility Contractor (ISSN 1098-0342) publishes 6 issues per year (bi-monthly) for the National Utility Contractors Association by Benjamin Media Inc., 10050 Brecksville Rd., Brecksville, OH 44141. Periodicals postage paid at Cleveland, OH and additional offices. One year subscription rates: Complimen- tary in the USA & Canada and $99 in foreign countries. Single copy rate: $10.00. ©2018 NUCA. All rights reserved by the National Utility Contractors Association for articles contained herein except where otherwise noted. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted by any means without written permission from the publisher. Printed in the U.S.A. Subscription Info. / Address Changes (Postmaster): Utility Contractor Magazine, 10050 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141 330-467-7588 subscriptions@benjaminmedia.com Canadian Subscriptions: Canada Post Agreement Number 40830553. Send change of address information and blocks of undeliverable copies to: KML Logistics Group Inc., 118 Herald Ave., Oakville, ON L6K 1S2 Canada NUCA OFFICERS Chairman of the Board Mark Fuglevand — KBA Inc. , WA Chairman-Elect of the Board Dan Buckley — Anchor Construction Corp. , DC Vice Chairman of the Board Fred Chesney — Centerline Utilities, Inc. , FL Treasurer Kevin Cripps — Gen3 Energy Services, LLC , NC Secretary Lauren Atwell — Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors, Inc. , FL Immediate Past Chairwoman of the Board Kara Habrock — L G Roloff Construction, NE Asst. Secretary and CEO Bill Hillman — bhillman@nuca.com NUCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS NUCA STAFF Chief Executive Officer Bill Hillman — bhillman@nuca.com Chief Operating Officer Chris Barrett — chris@nuca.com Director of Communications Anne Luzier — anne@nuca.com Director of Marketing Cheryl Stratos — cheryl@nuca.com BENJAMIN MEDIA PUBLISHING TEAM Robert Krzys, President robk@benjaminmedia.com James Rush, Editor / Publisher jrush@benajminmedia.com Maura Dugan, Advertising Sales Representative mdugan@benjaminmedia.com Sarah Haughawout, Graphic Artist shaughawout@benjaminmedia.com CONTRACTOR DIRECTORS Bill Bocchino, FL Thomas Butler, FL Jason Clark, IA David Chandler, TX Penny Danielecki, FL Scot Hattenburg, WA Patrick Holmens, AZ Tom Lingvai, OH Tony Privitera, MO Tom Quinnan, PA Dan Ross, CO Mark Scoccolo, WA David Skurka, RI Clay Sorey, FL David Stavens, CT NON-CONTRACTOR DIRECTORS Fred Burblaw, TX Gary Lawson, OK Andy Williams, FL DIRECTORS-AT- LARGE Tom Olson, MN Brian Siska, PA

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