Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811’s Damage Prevention Liaison Teams
Author: Mary Patricia Kindt, Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811
Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811 are dedicated to educating communities across their states about best practices in damage prevention. Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811 recently launched liaison teams dedicated to spreading the damage prevention message in each state. Both teams partnered with stakeholders and other liaison teams in bordering states to help reduce damages and increase safety.
The Indiana 811 liaison team is made up of four team members, including Neil Scarborough, Kim Anderson, Kelli Martin and Mason Hubner, who educate communities in the northwest, northeast, southeast and southwest regions of the state. The Kentucky 811 liaison team, consisting of Tim Vaughn and Dusty Sadler, travel across their state sharing important information about damage prevention. All liaisons are available year-round to host both virtual and in-person training seminars.
To learn more about the Indiana 811 Damage Prevention Liaison Team, please contact the Liaison Manager, Kelli Martin, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Tim Vaughn, Director of Governmental Affairs and Education and Outreach for Kentucky 811, at email@example.com to inquire about Kentucky 811’s education efforts.
Find out how Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811 are promoting safety and damage prevention by visiting Indiana811.org/education and Kentucky811.org/education.
Miss Utility recognizes locate technicians in 17th Annual Locator Achievement Awards
Author: Dora Parks, Miss Utility of Maryland/District One Call
Miss Utility of Maryland/District One Call recently recognized 60 outstanding locate technicians for their dedication to damage prevention and exemplary performance with zero safety violations in 2019 through the 17th Annual Locator Achievement Awards. Typically, award recipients are recognized during a celebration at a minor league baseball game, but as holding the traditional celebration was not possible in 2020, Miss Utility came up with a new way to recognize the winning locate technicians for their hard work and commitment to safety.
Each winner received a “goodie bag” containing a custom-embroidered jacket, 811 logo T-shirt, awards certificate, Miss Utility baseball cap, pen and a $100 restaurant gift card for them to enjoy a meal with their families in lieu of the canceled banquet. The locate technicians’ managers distributed the bags to their company winners, which were well received and appreciated.
Miss Utility’s annual Locator Achievement Awards program speaks directly to the third key takeaway of CGA’s Locator White Paper, which states that, “retaining an experienced workforce is likely to produce better safety outcomes.” The Locator Achievement Award program aims to increase appreciation for the locating profession and improve perceptions of the profession overall by recognizing locate technicians for their essential role in and commitment to the damage prevention process.
Dig Safely New York gains exposure by partnering with organizations
Author: Devin R. Negrete, Dig Safely New York
Who doesn’t love pictures of dogs? In October, Dig Safely New York partnered with a New York animal shelter to gain exposure on social media and help those pups get adopted. The post reached 22,791 people, had 324 reactions and 36 comments. Dig Safely New York attributes all the social media activity with partnering with an organization that had nearly 24,000 followers and was willing to share their post.
For the holiday season, Dig Safely New York plans on doing something similar. This month, they will be executing eight days of giving through the 11th of December. In addition, field representatives have partnered with organizations in their regions with a decent following and are willing to share their social media posts. They each have a designated day to safely visit the organization and post lives, videos and a few photos. Not only are they helping the community, but they’re also developing a partnership that will help Dig Safely New York gain exposure to more audiences across the state. Meaning more impressions to remind people to 811 before they dig.