Damage Prevention & Safety

Utah Governor Calls for Reduced Water Usage Amid Drought

The governor of Utah urges state residents and businesses to reduce their water usage due to drought.

Red Tide Limits Harvesting at Aquatic Farms in Tampa Bay

Red tide blooms caused by wastewater containments are impacting water quality in Tampa Bay.

United Rentals Trench Safety Digital Learning Series Discusses Safety Powered by Productivity

United Rentals will have an online series June 14-18 that offers free educational sessions about work safety.

Alaska Governor Declares Disaster for Area After Flooding

Flooding in areas in northwest Alaska caused significant damage to home, roads and utility infrastructure.

Biden Pledges Aggressive Response to Pipeline Cyber Attacks

President Joe Biden pledges to respond aggressively to the cyber attacks on Colonial Pipeline.

$302M in BP Oil Spill Money Budgeted to Restore Ecosystems

Texas may receive up to $79 million in restoration money from a BP oil spill.

Tunnel Boring Machine “MudHoney” Ready to Get to Work in Seattle

The Tunnel Boring Machine is now in use for a water quality project in Washington to prevent polluted water from entering multiple lakes and canals.

US Seeks Keep Critical Sectors Safe from Cyberattacks

Officials are looking into ways to protect critical industries from cyberattacks.

Biden Redefines Infrastructure Plan and Breaks Down Costs

President Joe Biden has released a breakdown of a new infrastructure package that will focus on raising corporate taxes and redefining infrastructure.

Gas Driller Pays $1.9M for Wetland and Waterway Damages

A natural gas driller in Pennsylvania agrees to pay $1.9 million for construction damages.

Grand Canyon National Park to Undergo Repairs on Water Pipeline

The Grand Canyon National Park will undergo repairs on a leaking drinking water pipeline.

Civil Engineers Give Ohio a “C-“ and Texas a “C” in Latest 2021 Infrastructure Report Cards

Ohio and Texas receive mediocre infrastructure ratings from civil engineers.

U.S. Department of Labor Implements Inspection Program to Target Workplaces with Highest Injury and Illness Rates

The U.S. Department of Labor is updating its inspection program to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses.

Civil Engineers Give West Virginia a “D” and Maine a “C-“ in the 2020 Infrastructure Report Card

A new 2020 Infrastructure Report Card for West Virginia and Maine with overall low ratings.

Barbco

The co-owner and general manager of Barbco conducted a seminar at about trench safety.

$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.