Damage Prevention & Safety

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$56M Settlement Approved in Massachusetts Gas Explosions

A $56 million settlement was approved between Massachusetts and Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, the utility responsible for a series of explosions and fires.

NASSCO Releases Brochure to Inform Communities About Styrene Safety

NASSCO published “What’s That Odor,” a two-page brochure to help inform communities about the safety of styrene used in the steam cure process of Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP).

New Plan Will Increase Protection and Resilience of the Texas Coast

The Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement was released to increase resilience and reduce risk of coastal storm surges.

CGA Research on Utility Locating Points to Stressed Damage Prevention System

The Common Ground Alliance published a new White Paper that is based on recent research among locating stakeholders that points to an often strained damage prevention system.

CGA Report Reveals Utility Damages Cost U.S. $30 Billion in 2019

The 2019 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report compiled by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) revealed that excavation-related damages to utilities cost the U.S. approximately $30 billion last year.

How to Build a Customized Excavation Protective System

Some excavation projects are clear-cut and just require selecting the right excavation protective system for the job. Other projects, such as deep or complex trenches, need a custom-engineered solution.

Suicide Serious Issue for Construction Industry

CIASP’s stated goals include increasing awareness about the risk of suicide within the construction industry and to develop suicide prevention resources and tools to create a zero-suicide industry.

Cross Bore Risk Reduction Protects Contractors

Published in February 2020, by the Cross Bore Safety Association, Leading Practices for Cross Bore Risk Reduction is the direct result of the industry’s expressed desire to have a high-confidence guidance document to help ensure cross bores are not created and, if existing, eliminated.

Common Ground Alliance Announces Damage Prevention Conference & Expo

The Common Ground Alliance has announced its 2021 CGA Conference & Expo from March 2-5, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

NUCA of Middle Tennessee Announces Winner of 2020 Trench Safety Stand Down Week Contest

The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Utility Contractors Association of America (NUCA) has announced the winner of it's first every Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) contest last week as part of the association's annual TSSD Week.

PG&E Confesses to Killing 84 People in 2018 California Fire

California gas utility company Pacific Gas & Electric confessed Tuesday to killing 84 people in one of the most devastating wildfires in recent U.S. history

New Mexico Offers COVID-19 Testing for Utility Workers

The state of New Mexico is offering COVID-19 testing to utility workers as part of a statewide effort to keep essential workers healthy and to meet state testing goals.

CGA Releases Annual Damage Prevention Technology Report

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), has released its third annual Technology Report, which serves as a record of progress in technology for the damage prevention industry.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance for Construction Workers Safety During Pandemic

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the Department of Labor, has issued guidelines to keep construction workers safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

WEF Panel to Study Biohazards, Safety for Wastewater Workers

To ensure the protection of wastewater workers during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, the Water Environment Federation is convening a blue-ribbon panel of experts to evaluate information on biological hazards and safety precautions.

CGA: Late Locates of Buried Utilities Appear Underreported

A new Common Ground Alliance report examining 2015-2018 data reveals excavators primarily use CGA’s DIRT tool to document locating issues and associated downtime. The analysis shows late locates of buried utilities may be underreported.

Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline Explodes in Kentucky

Enbridge responded to an explosion on Line 10 of its Texas Eastern system in Kentucky and said Tuesday that it has shut-in a section of the pipeline. Gas futures rose on the news.

Working in Confined Spaces: Be Safe, Not Sorry

In construction and industry, some potential hazards are visibly manifest, such as the risk of falls from heights. Others are more hidden. A confined space may not look dangerous, but workers perish each year because someone assumed the air inside was safe to breathe, when testing would have revealed that it wasn’t.

Corrosion Blamed for 2018 Canadian Pipeline Blast

An explosion and fire in 2018 along an Enbridge Inc natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia was caused by corrosion, Canada's Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said on Wednesday.

TTC to Release CIPP Emissions Safety Findings on Dec. 17

The Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University said it has completed NAASCO-commissioned research into the safety of styrene emissions from cured-in-place pipe and will present its findings and recommendations in a webcast on Dec. 17.

Harnessing Better Data to Embrace Defensive Digging

Data is everywhere – even buried in soil. It’s no longer just a Silicon Valley buzzword, but rather something tangible that contractors working in underground infrastructure installation and maintenance can harness for safer and more efficient operations.

CGA DIRT Report Shows Excavation Damages Increased in 2018

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the stakeholder-driven organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them and their communities, recently announced its findings from the 2018 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report.

Contractor Guilty of Manslaughter in Boston Trench Collapse

A contractor who prosecutors said pushed his crews to work faster on a behind-schedule project has been convicted of manslaughter for the deaths of two workers in a 2016 trench collapse.

Sewage from Manhole Spills into Durham, N.C. Creek

City officials in Durham, N.C., said the state Department of Environmental Quality was notified after a buildup of rags blocked a sewer main and caused a spill into Ellerbe Creek.

Nick Stavropoulos to Lead Safety Efforts for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has appointed Nick Stavropoulos to a new, senior role focused on safety.

Columbia Gas Ordered to Seek State Approval for All Non-Emergency Work

Massachusetts officials are placing additional restrictions on the utility company blamed for last year’s destructive gas explosions following a major gas leak that prompted evacuations last week.

Feds Recommend New Requirements After Natural Gas Disaster

Federal officials are recommending stronger nationwide requirements for natural gas systems following last September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts.

Efficiency Production Unveils Octagon-Configured Build-A-Box Trench Shield

Efficiency Production unveiled the newest innovation in its industry-leading Build-A-Box Modular Aluminum Trench Shielding System.

Flyability Launches New Generation of Confined-Space Inspection UAVs

Flyability, a Swiss company that has pioneered indoor inspection and exploration drones, launched a new generation of confined-space, inspection units: Elios 2.