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  1. DIRT & AGA Facts

    by , March 22nd, 2013 at 07:25 PM
    According to 2011 reports, of all accidents reported, 22% were due to poor locating practices, 41% excavation practices were not sufficient and 26% were due to the fact that no notification was made. More than a quarter of the field accidents are because people are NOT calling!


    While 26% of all accidents result from NOT calling an 811 call center, a full 74% of the accidents that happened resulted DESPITE notification being made.


    “Perhaps more important ...
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  2. Yesterday

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    Mke
    , March 2nd, 2013 at 06:36 PM
    They don't do potholing, but they did claim to be private locators with GPR. I soon found out these guys are GPR guys who think they can locate.

    First off, they showed up in an RV. Not too shabby for a Locating rig. It was a two man crew. It seemed like the main guy was training the other guy, since there was a lot of basic commands given. I was there just to help with the understanding of the area. I wasn't supposed to locate.

    I showed them the maps I had of the ...
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  3. Surprise surprise surprise...

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    Mke
    , February 14th, 2013 at 06:13 PM
    Ok, So we went through the hiring process. Found an acceptable canidate. Thought it was going to work out..... However......

    We require a piss test.

    What in the Hell are people thinking?

    The guy did perfect in the interview. Blew the other two interviewees out of the water.


    Oh well.

    I honestly don't know how in the world employers deal with this.


    We were going to start him out a couple ...
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  4. Examles of where we should go.....

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    Mke
    , December 8th, 2012 at 04:40 PM
    With these recent posts about unionizing the locate work force, I wanted to toss out some things that i've seen, heard, or experienced. All of these I feel that the locating industry needs.

    First off, I believe we need a code of conduct for locators. The excuses of being poorly trained or having a shitty company can only carry you so far. One of the main reasons we are on the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to professional industries as a whole, is solely the fact that for ...
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  5. Thinking my Locate career is done :(

    by , July 29th, 2012 at 04:09 PM
    I've been a locator and a damb good one for many years now. I have taken great pride in my abilities. I applied at many places (when they were needing good locators) but evedently if your not buddies with some one or you have more skills than the management then you don't get a job. I am soooooooooo tired of management with little man syndrome. Thinking it's time to sell my sub-site transmitter and reciever (a lot of good it's doing sitting under my bed).
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