Dig Safely New York develops innovative education outlets
Author: Devin R. Negrete, Dig Safely New York
Educating excavators, locators and contractors in safe digging best practices is a top priority for the Dig Safely New York organization. Several trainings, seminars and programs like the Excavator Safety Seminars and Certified Excavator Program have been implemented to ensure all in the industry, within the State of New York, are educated according to the state law. For the last few years, one of the more popular educational opportunities has been the Excavator Safety Seminars, which are hosted in nine Upstate New York regions over a three-week period. The event includes an educational element, networking opportunities and opportunities to increase brand awareness for participating vendors.
The year 2020 gave the organization a new perspective on how to conduct a large event and alternate opportunities that may have been overlooked in the past. In keeping with that practice, the organization is testing a new forum in 2021 called the Damage Prevention Conference & Expo, or DPCE, September 1, at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. This event will provide even more value than one Excavator Safety Seminar as there will be educational trainings designed for everyone involved in the 811 process. These trainings, or tracks, include classes for General Excavation, Administrative, Utility Locating, Municipal and Member Utility. The conference will also feature CEU (Continuing Education) credits, live demonstrations, professional networking opportunities, industry expert guest speakers and opportunities to meet with vendors to learn more about new innovative products and technology.
These tracked sessions are designed to provide enhanced education to a wide range of audiences within the excavation industry, including excavators, trainers and administrators, utility locators, municipality workers, and member utilities. All tracks have been designed to be completed within one day of the two-day conference. Attendees can choose to participate in an entire track or register for classes in different tracks or days in order to create their own custom schedule to get the most out of their educational experience.