Dig Safely New York improves social media engagement
- By Devin R. Negrete, Dig Safely New York, Inc.
Dig Safely New York (DSNY) is fully utilizing social media to promote its mission by posting more engaging and relatable content. The organization's posts aren’t just about contacting 811 before you dig, but relating that message to the new conditions we live in. More homeowners are stuck at home and working on outdoor projects. So instead of messaging like, “Contact 811 before you dig,” DSNY is adding an image of a family dressed as superheroes with the message, “Superheroes – are you protecting your community by staying home? Make sure when you break for outdoor projects, you're protecting your underground utilities too. Contact 811 before any digging project.”
Between Facebook and Twitter, DSNY has seen a 4,476-impression increase from February 2020 to March 2020. As we entered April, we continued to brainstorm more engaging content, like a fun video where we pass a DSNY safety green shirt between employees who are in different cities throughout upstate New York. This video reached 1,793 impressions total between Facebook and Twitter. In other posts, we’ve asked questions to help encourage engagement with our followers. Posting engaging content has increased our impressions and encouraged more people to 811 before they dig. You can follow us on Facebook @DigSafelyNewYork811 or Twitter @DigSafelyNY.
Georgia 811 shares National Safe Digging Month highlights
- By Megan Estes, Georgia 811
In April, Georgia 811 held a social media giveaway for four $250 Lowe’s gift cards. Additionally, Georgia 811 began a partnership with YouTube bass fisherman “the Flukemaster” to sponsor a contest for a winner to go on a Flukemaster fishing trip. The partnership included mentions of Georgia 811 in the Flukemaster’s April videos with the contest form hosted on the Georgia 811 site. It led to a 58% increase in followers across all platforms (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).
Outside of Georgia 811’s agreement with the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, new radio spots came out in April on La Raza and one additional Atlanta regional Mexican station through Davis Broadcasting.
Georgia 811’s April campaign with Total Traffic and Weather Network included 360 spots in Atlanta and 100 spots each in Albany, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah and Atlanta. Georgia 811 also did a radio campaign with Cox Media Group, which included messaging on WSB, The River, and five different morning shows on WSB and The River, as well as digital elements: “The Georgia Gardener” newsletter, Home Fix-It Newsletter, and banner ads. Georgia 811 has rescheduled the Safe Digging Month media tour that was planned with Cliff Meidl to an 8/11 Day media tour.
Gopher State One Call holds Mother’s Day contest
- By Grace Carlson, One Call Concepts
Gopher State One Call (GSOC) held a Mother’s Day Contest to celebrate moms everywhere for going above and beyond during this difficult time. GSOC received a number of entries detailing stories about strong and loving matriarchs. GSOC randomly selected a winner to receive a $20 Amazon gift card for his mother, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Louisiana 811 announces Brent Saltzman as Executive Director
- By Grace Carlson, One Call Concepts
The Louisiana 811 (LA811) Board of Directors announced the selection of Brent Saltzman as Executive Director. Brent previously held the position of Manager-Damage Prevention for LA811 since 2013 and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Executive Director position. In his role as Manager-Damage Prevention, he was responsible for providing presentations regarding LA811’s operations, the Louisiana Underground Utilities & Facilities Damage Prevention Law and safe digging practices. He has worked with various stakeholders across Louisiana, including utility operators, excavators, local and state political subdivisions, and enforcement agencies.
Nebraska811 selects winners of Safe Digging Poster Contest
- By Grace Carlson, One Call Concepts
Nebraska811 announced the winners of the 2020 811 Safe Digging Poster Contest. The organization thanked the various schools for taking the time to learn about safe digging and preventing damage to underground utilities. While Nebraska811 was unable to visit the schools this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization hopes those visits can take place sometime in the near future. More information about the poster contest can be found on the Nebraska811 website at www.ne1call.com/public-awareness/811-poster-contest/.
Oregon Utility Notification Center promotes safe digging awareness through radio interview and online safety course
- By Grace Carlson, One Call Concepts
During National Safe Digging Month, Scott Gallegos, NW Natural's Damage Prevention Supervisor and Chair of Oregon Utility Notification Center (OUNC), discussed the need to call 811 before your shovel hits the ground with radio personality Lars Larson. Listen to the interview here: https://soundcloud.com/thelarslarsonshow/scott-gallegos-april-is-dig-safely-month-why-should-people-call-811. Additionally, OUNC’s free online Excavation Safety 101 course is available to those wanting to strengthen their understanding of common safety issues, as well as laws and best practices for safe excavation. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion and earn continuing education credits through the Oregon Construction Contractors Board.
Indiana 811 Launches New Website
- By Mary Patricia Kindt, Underground Safety Alliance
Indiana 811 has relaunched www.indiana811.org. The fresh and clean design supports our mission to promote safety and prevent damage to underground utilities with user-friendly navigation for member utilities, pros and homeowners with an emphasis on education. New tools and resources include an events calendar and damage prevention resources for stakeholders. You can bookmark the new site at www.indiana811.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IN811/, and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/in811.
Underground Safety Alliance and 4iQ Solutions Announce Software Partnership for Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811 Notification Centers
- By Dan Lucarelli, Underground Safety Alliance and Jason Adams, 4iQ Solutions
Underground Safety Alliance (USA), the umbrella not-for-profit organization for Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811, and 4iQ Solutions, a developer of call center software and cloud-based services, recently announced a partnership to bring 4iQ’s leading software platform to USA’s 811 notification centers. 4iQ’s software platform Exactix will provide USA’s 811 centers with a world-class geocoding engine to define safe and accurate excavation notification areas. The platform’s quality control capabilities, along with tight integration to 4iQ’s industry-leading training and assessment software Coursettra, will bring a revolutionary process flow for all stakeholders of the Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811 notification systems.
First-ever online training for new best practices for working safely near underwater pipelines now available
- By: Ed Landgraf, Coastal and Marine Operators and Gretchen Bonfert, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
The United States has a wealth of natural resources—everything from habitat to petroleum reserves is unequalled. Many U.S. citizens work in fishing, marine, waterways and energy related industries. Pipelines safely convey an array of liquids and gases within and well beyond our coastlines. Dredging and many other types of marine construction and excavation activities occur daily. Land building and navigation all are vital to the US economy. Altogether, these riches of natural resources, economic activity, and restoration efforts pose special challenges with pipeline safety in marine environments.
New pipelines and utilities are being installed or updated every day, combined with increasing dredging and marine construction activity in the same waters. The chance of a marine vessel contacting underwater infrastructure continues to grow. Accidental interactions and incidents have caused spills, outages, gas releases, injuries and loss of human life. Closing the safety and damage prevention gaps within lakes, bays, rivers, bayous, inlets, oceans and gulfs is the primary focus of Coastal and Marine Operators (CAMO) – “Marine Damage Prevention” – and calling 811 for underwater locates are not equally understood as they are on-land.
- Oil and gas pipelines, along with a wide array of utilities, crisscross U.S. waterways in record number; therefore, a new recommended best practices guide titled “Working Safely Near Underwater Pipelines” was released 2019 along with a corresponding “Safety and Emergency Tip Card” for jobsite use. Both documents will help to ensure the continued safety and environmental protection that we all strive to maintain and enhance.
- Debuted at the annual Coastal and Marine Safety Emergency Response Workshop on Nov. 6, 2019 in New Orleans, the two new publications were distributed. The meeting is co-hosted by the organizations that prepared these new tools: the Coastal and Marine Operators Group (CAMO) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF). It should be noted, funding from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Technical Assistance Grant made this project possible.
- The picture-packed, best practices guide leads personnel involved with underwater or marine projects through long-term and short-term project planning steps. It includes guidance during construction and the new pocket-sized, waterproof safety and emergency tip card also serves as a checklist or safety meeting topic at the jobsite.
Nationwide online training:
- In summer of 2020, the first-ever national online and interactive pipeline safety training will be released for working safely near underwater pipelines. It complements the recommended best practices and tip card highlighted above. This online training has something for everyone no matter what his or her responsibilities entail, even if it’s land based. Although designed for mariners, underwater construction and the pipeline industry, it addresses general safety and damage prevention that can apply to all facilities. Telecommunications, electric, water and other utility lines often traverse some type of waterway.
- This one-hour online training has seven training sections that can be completed at different intervals: on a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. The training covers one call, project planning, personnel roles, communication, timing, marking, tolerance zones and emergency response. The training is FREE for the first 500 users and only a one-time $5 administrative fee afterward. All contractors and pipeline personnel engaged in marine construction, pipeline safety or related activities should consider this online training as a valuable resource when working near underwater pipelines. Closing gaps in all aspects of damage prevention gets everyone closer to zero accidents!
Download “Working Safely Near Underwater Pipelines” Best Practices Guide and Tip Card for FREE at www.camogroup.org. To register for the online training at Damage Prevention Academy, visit https://pages.dpa.training/camo-reg/ or find the online training link at www.camogroup.org. For more info on joining CAMO or questions contact Ed Landgraf, Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org.