Click to Know What’s Above and Below
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Welcome to the year three of the Click to Know what’s Above and Below monthly newsletter. Did you know that you are one of 80,000 monthly recipients? Thank you for being a reader and being a partner in safety!

For four decades, Alberta One-Call Corporation, now operating as Utility Safety Partners (USP), has provided nation-leading Call and ClickBeforeYouDig services to protect public, worker and community safety. 
The Alternate Locator Program (ALP) stands at the forefront of technological innovation, promising to transform the landscape of location-based services and set new benchmarks in damage prevention. This initiative is not just about enhancing the accuracy of locating underground utilities; it's about ushering in a new era of efficiency and safety in the industry. In episode 48 of The Safety Moment podcast, host Mike Sullivan and guest Ron Laidman of Enertia dig into the core aspects of the ALP Program that make it a game-changer for damage prevention professionals.
Some years ago, Utility Safety Partners’ advertising agent, Doug Downs, suggested (rather strongly) that we try our hand at a podcast. “Really, Mike. I think you should try it.” Trusting Doug’s judgement, and also satisfying my curiosity for the unknown, I replied “OK, let’s do it.”

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 ABCGA, Alberta One-Call, and Where’s the Line merged and became Utility Safety Partners, we imagined a collaborative, open organization where industry stakeholders could come together to make positive changes in damage prevention. It is our hope to provide a place for the voice of more than just notification services, but also contractors, locators, regulators, training organizations, suppliers, and asset-owners. We all have a part to play in the shared responsibility of damage prevention and we must work together to make sure assets are protected and everyone goes home safe at the end of the day.
First Alert Locating Ltd.
Large project tickets are for areas larger than 60,000 square meters in urban areas, or larger than 800,000 square meters in rural areas. They are designed for pre-planned jobs that continue over a significant area and length of time. The large scope of these projects typically requires a planning meeting between excavators and affected facility owners in the area before locates are requested. These planning meetings allow the excavator and locator an opportunity to understand the complexity of the site, the project timeline, and plan a schedule that accommodates both parties.
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.
For Enhanced Membership Benefits Click Here
And just like that, we find ourselves mid-sprint. 

Less than 10 weeks now separates us from this seasons’ crush of locate requests and excavations, and thankfully I’m mostly done shoring up our staff load for the 2024 season! If I still had an office door, it would be positively revolving with the sheer human flood of prospective hires that have flowed through my inbox these last two weeks. The “Relay Race” analogy feels particularly apt (and sadly prophetic) at this time; I feel like I’ve been running for the last 10 days, but once new Agents have been hired, I get to hand it off to someone else for a little bit while I catch my breath! 
Rhino Marking & Protection Systems
3-D Line Locating (2011) Ltd.
Locate requests for underground utility assets now include an additional notification for registered overhead power lines. 

Until October 2024, Utility Safety Partners (USP) is hosting a pilot project that notifies those who are working in a dig zone of the presence of overhead power lines. Excavators receive information about how to stay safe near these overhead assets and how to contact the power provider for further information.
Don't Miss Out on the Locate Game
Global Training Centre®
Become an ALP! Tired of the locating process? Elevate with the ALP program!
Gain Credibility: Use ALP designation for trust. New Business: Be the sought-after choice for efficient services.
Available virtually or in Classroom.
Limited Seats! Secure your spot today.
Elevate your locate status and be in demand. Let's make locating safer and smarter! 
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The answer is easy—yes! In Alberta alone, we experience 15.2 hits every day! That means that every day we risk people’s lives and livelihoods by not following Ground Disturbance best practices. 

The societal cost of this damage to underground infrastructure in Canada continues to be estimated at more than $1 billion per year. Twenty-seven per cent of damages occurred because no locate was made to a One-Call Centre while 31 per cent of damages were the result of insufficient excavation practices. 
IVIS Construction Inc.
ASTEC Safety Inc.