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  1. Why not use the latest tools available to prevent these accidents

    by , April 15th, 2013 at 05:25 PM
    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...es-house-fire/

    It is still somewhat of a mystery why municipalities do not mandate markers that provide the vertical tolerance and horizontal tolerance. These accidents can easily be avoided which saves lives, injuries, and money. It is also a mystery why utility companies do not use the latest and most up-to-date tools available to prevent these costly damages.
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  2. DIRT & AGA Facts

    by , March 22nd, 2013 at 08:25 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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  3. Yesterday

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    Mke
    , March 2nd, 2013 at 07:36 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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  4. Surprise surprise surprise...

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    Mke
    , February 14th, 2013 at 07:13 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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  5. Examles of where we should go.....

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    Mke
    , December 8th, 2012 at 05:40 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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