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There is mounting pressure on the damage prevention industry as locate requests volumes continue to rise year after year. Excavators are increasingly frustrated at project delays caused by long waits for locates to be completed. Experienced locators are becoming scarce and are experiencing burnout because of impossible workloads. Facility owners fight to balance their financial commitment to safety and their commitment to keep prices down for their customers as they face higher and higher costs to provide locates. At the end of the day, something must give.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has released its final investigation report on the 2021 Minell Pipeline incident. A farmer ruptured a natural gas pipeline in McAuley, Manitoba, while using a tractor to maintain a water drainage channel in his field. The pipeline did not have adequate soil coverage, creating a serious safety hazard. Thankfully, no one was injured, but ensuring an incident like this doesn’t happen again is a priority.
Is it March already? 

On one hand, we’re most of the way through the Spring Gauntlet of Document Review & Revision > Hiring > Training, however on the other hand I am merely half done training our two training groups. There is an end in sight, but despite how tantalizingly close it may feel, we’re not quite finished here yet.

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 When Utility Safety Partners began this monthly Newsletter, we knew creating content each month would be challenging. While there’s always a story to tell, cobbling articles together each month wasn’t exactly in everyone’s job description. Despite that, we knew the outreach would benefit our objective to promote awareness and reduce damages to buried utilities and reduce contacts with overhead power lines.
Underground Facility Locator (UFL) Training Program
Locate Management Institute®
LMI’s Underground Facility Locator (UFL) Training Program adheres to CAPULC’s 3-step competency cycle and includes:
  • 8-hour online knowledge course
  • 16-hour (2-day) field training delivered by “Certified Locator” instructors
  • Underground Facility Locator Field Task Competency Manual
Learn about electromagnetic theory, active, passive, advanced and unconventional locating methods. Understand how to overcome obstacles and how to apply troubleshooting techniques.
Calgary – February 20-21
Winnipeg – March 4-5
Regina – March 7-8
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When you think about it, wellness generally, and mental health, are clearly safety issues, particularly in a world now learning to live through a global pandemic.

 Fleur Yumol is trained as a clinical registered social worker meaning she has a master’s level in social work that allows her to provide counseling to individuals, families, and couples. She’s part of the team at Unify which provides Employee Assistance to employees of Utility Safety Partners. Fleur recently joined Mike Sullivan on an episode of The Safety Moment podcast.

Locate Management Institute
First Alert Locating Ltd.
Alberta One Call offers Enhanced Ticket Services!
PelicanCorp Canada®
Alberta One Call is offering an Enhanced Ticket Service to its members. In a partnership with PelicanCorp this service helps reduce time and costs associated with responding to incoming requests for locates. The incoming requests are screened, evaluated and forwarded automatically. This enhanced process can automatically warn of excavations around critical infrastructure and send out notices on permit requirements or special environmental conditions.
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I’ve been engaged in legislative development for a long time at the federal and provincial level. And given my long-standing relationship with the Canadian Common Ground Alliance, I’ve been asked many times to provide my opinion on the relationship between legislation and best practice. In short, the two are closely related, yet distinct in their purpose and scope. Legislation refers to the laws and regulations passed by governments and other governing bodies, while best practice refers to the optimal approach or methodology for achieving a particular outcome or goal. 
Rhino Marking & Protection Systems
3-D Line Locating (2011) Ltd.
Cliff was just a young man in 1986 working at that construction site. 20 years old. He was operating a jackhammer and within moments “the lights went out” for him. He made contact with three live electrical cables and suffered a cardiac arrest due to the severe electrical shock. In addition, Cliff sustained series electrical burns and exit wounds to over 15 per cent of his body with major damage to both knees. Nearly a third of each knee compartment was disintegrated

Your Damage Prevention Training Partner
Global Training Centre®
Global, the Leader in Ground Disturbance Training since 1989. Qualified licensees across Canada, your training provider approved for Ground Disturbance 201 in Classroom, Online, and Virtual delivery.  When working around underground infrastructure having trained and competent workers is a must! Global trains in the delivery method of choice, our classrooms or yours, Instructor Led, online, or virtually, to the level you require (Awareness – Supervisory).  Your Training – Your Choice!
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Utility Safety Partners boasts one of the strongest public awareness and engagement programs among all the Notification Centres in Canada and we get a lot of help from our members – many of whom are transmission pipeline companies that are legally required to maintain ongoing public awareness programs. While our program doesn’t replace those programs, it needs to be complementary – and that means it also has to be internally complementary meaning, everything we do needs to be supported.
IVIS Construction Inc.
ASTEC Safety Inc.