Utility Contractor

MAY-JUN 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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48 Utility Contractor | May/June 2018 COMMITTEE REPORT NUCA Safety and Damage Prevention Committee By George Kennedy O ne of the most important aspects of being a successful underground utility contractor is ensuring that all jobsites are safe. In addition, contractors must also be in compliance with federal safety and damage prevention rules and regulations. There- fore, the primary missions of the NUCA Safety and Damage Prevention Committee has been to create and provide contractors with information, educational materials, and compliance assistance. The committee also discusses new proposed rules and regulations to help NUCA's Safety Director prepare and submit comments to government agencies and the Common Ground Alliance. NUCA and the safety committee have been in- volved with submitting comments and testimony in reference to OSHA regulations starting with the OSHA Excavation Standard, Confined Space Standard and more recently the Respirable Crys- talline Silica Standard. When new rules and regulations are first proposed, many of these standards need to be reviewed and comments need to be submitted. With the help of the safety committee, NUCA reviews the standards and submits comments in hope of making the standards more practical. In addition, NUCA participates in the Common Ground Alliance, which deals with dig safe/one call best practices. When necessary the committee also reviews CGA recom- mendations and makes suggestions to help NUCA represen- tatives express concerns about proposed best practices. Over the years the committee has helped to create mate- rials for training and educating the work force. According to George Kennedy, NUCA's Vice President of Safety, safety committee members are a valuable resource that he has re- lied upon to obtain information, including pictures that he has used to create training programs and educational ma- terials such as the Competent Person and Safety Training Program, Confined Space Entry Program, Rigging Program, and Silica Program in addition to videos and other materials. He has also utilized information and pictures obtained from committee members when writing the Safety Management column in Utility Contractor magazine and NUCA Safety Newsletter. NUCA's Safety and Damage Prevention Commit- tee also contributes to the NUCA Safety Directors Forum by suggesting topics and speakers. He considers the committee to be a valuable resource. The committee meets approximately six times per year, either in person or via conference calls. The Current com- mittee chairman Warren Graves and Kennedy are currently working on a plan to schedule meetings. According to Ken- nedy, all members, including safety directors and workforce members, are welcome to participate in the meetings. Meet- ing dates and times will be posted on the NUCA website and in the normal NUCA news feeds. Most importantly the committee is about helping compa- nies improve their safety programs and activities. By imple- menting successful safety programs, companies can prevent accidents, which cause injuries and/or damages. By partici- pating in the Safety and Damage Prevention Committee you can help to ensure that NUCA members are the best and most successful underground contractors in the country. George Kennedy, NUCA's Vice President of Safety, and the Safety and Damage Prevention Committee members help ensure that NUCA members are the best and most successful underground contractors in the country. George Kennedy would like to remind all Safety and Damage Prevention Committee members that the NUCA Trench Safety Stand Down is scheduled for June 18-23, 2018. We hope that each and every member of the committee will partici- pate and help us spread the word to NUCA members and to any other contractor, municipality or anyone else they know who is involved with working in or around excavations and trenches. Mark Your Calendars

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