NAWIC observes Women in Construction Week March 5-11, 2017

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The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 5-11, 2017. NAWIC’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

“The National Association of Women in Construction is committed to enhancing the success of all women in construction – not just those who are NAWIC members,” says Sandy Field, the immediate past-president of NAWIC.  “We accomplish this through educational opportunities, networking, and community/industry service projects.  If you are a woman employed in any area of the construction industry, we welcome you to join us!”

The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.

“While there are more than one million women employed in the construction industry, women only comprise approximately ten percent of the construction workforce.  These women, whether they are administrative specialists, general contractors, subcontractors, trades people, or professionals, are vital elements to the construction process,” says Field. “’Women in Construction Week’ is simply a time set aside to thank those women for all their efforts toward successful construction projects.  WIC Week will also bring attention to the industry and encourage others to realize that construction is a viable, profitable career field.”

Onslow Water & Sewer Authority (ONWASA) Highlighted as an NC811 Safe Digging Partner

Greensboro, NC (January 31, 2017) Onslow Water & Sewer Authority (ONWASA) has been chosen as the NC811 Safe Digging Partner for January, 2017 due to its ongoing commitment to safety, damage prevention and spreading the “Call Before You Dig” message to the public.

Many safe digging partners have made the commitment to call 811 prior to any excavation, but few go above and beyond with making safety their #1 priority.  ONWASA has shown their commitment to keeping their community and employees safe.  They participate in the monthly Jones/Onslow Utility Coordinating Committee meetings along with holding leadership positions on that committee.  “This is truly the type of Safe Digging Partner NC811 is looking for:  The commitment to keeping the community safe while excavating and providing a vital utility service to their customers,” said NC811’s Education Department Manager Ann Rushing.  David M. Mohr, PE, Engineering Director and Wynne Ray, Technical Operations Supervisor for ONWASA were presented the award from Howard Corey, Education Liaison with North Carolina 811.

NC811 acknowledged ONWASA’s commitment to damage prevention at their Jacksonville, NC office on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 with a Safe Digging Partner award certificate.  “ONWASA is pleased and honoured to be the recipient of the NC811 Safe Digging Partner Award.  We take a multi-faceted approach to spreading the word about safe digging practices; our dedicated staff has successfully reached out to neighbouring utilities to encourage their participation in the UCC, networked with local contractors and engineers, distributed information through billing inserts and even taken the opportunity to speak one-on-one with customers about this issue.  ONWASA consistently works to ensure the safety of the public it serves and its buried infrastructure through education and safe digging practices,” said David M. Mohr, PE, Engineering Director.

Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first.  Find out more about becoming a Safe Digging Partner.

About NC811
Since 1978, North Carolina 811 has provided a fast and easy communications link with local utility providers. The public provides NC811 information about excavation, NC811 transmits the information to utilities and they send out locators to mark underground lines for free. Call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three working days before you plan on digging.

About Onslow Water & Sewer Authority (ONWASA) Jacksonville, NC   
The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) is a government entity that provides water and sewer services (wastewater) to the unincorporated areas of Onslow County, which includes areas outside of the town limits of Jacksonville, all of the Town of Holly Ridge, Town of Swansboro, Town of Richlands, as well as the Town of North Topsail Island, North Carolina.  ONWASA currently provides water to approximately 56 percent of the County population.

Media Contact:
NC811
Howard Corey
(336) 317-5999
howard@nc811.org

 

Pipes Plus Damage Prevention Training Now Available in Spanish

GREENSBORO, NC (1/25/2017) Utility owners, locators and North Carolina 811 partnered together to form Pipes Plus (Partners In Protecting Everyone), an entity conceived to educate the general public about safe digging practices around a multitude of utilities. Since 2011 this damage prevention program has grown from a simple PowerPoint presentation to an online, video-based training series that is currently supported by the American Public Works Association, NC Landscape Contractors Licensing Board and NC Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board & the Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Board.  The training is also being used in private businesses and community colleges across North Carolina.

North Carolina 811 is excited to announce that this groundbreaking training series is now available in Spanish. Steven Moore, NC811 Media Relations Specialist, the original designer of the training program, along with Persida Montanez, Public Affairs Specialist with PSNC Energy, translated all of the training videos, along with quiz questions and a final exam. All videos, once translated were voiced over and re-edited. Then, a new Spanish training portal was created and tested by various organizations, the Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas to name one. This entire process took close to 10 months to complete in 2016.

Steven Moore stated, “The end product turned out great and it is our hope that in translating this training series into Spanish, the latino excavators will be educated and kept safe while digging around underground utilities.”

If you are interested in learning more about Pipes Plus, taking the online training in either English or Spanish or requesting live onsite training at your place of business or school, visit www.ncpipesplus.org

Curso en línea gratis para excavadores sobre prevención de daños disponible en Español
El curso gratis “PipesPlus” enseña cómo prevenir daños a servicios públicos

GREENSBORO, NC (1/25/2017) – El curso Pipes Plus  fue concebido parar educar a excavadores y el público sobre cómo excavar seguramente alrededor servicios públicos, y ahora está disponible gratis en línea completamente en Español. El entrenamiento toma alrededor de dos horas en completar y es basado en video e incluye un certificado de finalización al culminar el curso.

“Estamos orgullosos de este curso innovador y esperamos que al traducir esta serie de entrenamiento al Español, los excavadores latinos aprendan como mantenerse seguros mientras cavan alrededor de los servicios públicos subterráneos,” dijo Steven Moore, el Especialista de Medios de Comunicación para North Carolina 811 y el creador y diseñador del entrenamiento.

Compañías de servicios públicos, localizadores y North Carolina 811 trabajaron juntos para formar a Pipes Plus  (Partners In Protecting Everyone), y el entrenamiento inicio en inglés en el 2011 y sigue siendo utilizado por excavadores, negocios privados y colegios comunitarios alrededor del estado. El entrenamiento es respaldado por organizaciones como the American Public Works Association, N.C. Landscape Contractors Licensing Board and  N.C. Water & Wastewater Operators Licensing Board.  La Asociación de Contratistas Hispanos de las Carolinas y otras organizaciones aprobaron el entrenamiento Pipes Plus en Español. Todo este proceso tomó cerca de 10 meses para completar. Persida Montanez, Especialista de Relaciones Públicas para PSNC Energy, ayudó a traducir los videos y los cuestionarios del entrenamiento.

Si está interesado en aprender más sobre Pipes Plus, tomar el curso en línea en inglés o español o solicitar el entrenamiento en vivo en su lugar de trabajo o escuela. Visite a http://ncpipesplus.org para iniciar el curso.

Contact:
Howard Corey
(336) 317-5999
howard@nc811.org

The NC811 Customer Service Representative of the month

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The NC811 Customer Service Representative for the month of December 2016 is Traci Purgason. Traci has been with NC811 since 2004.

Great Job Traci!!!

City of Raleigh Highlighted as an NC811 Safe Digging Partner

Greensboro, NC (December 14, 2016) The City of Raleigh, NC has been chosen as the NC811 Safe Digging Partner for December 2016 due to its ongoing commitment to safety, damage prevention and spreading the “Call Before You Dig” message to the public.

Many safe digging partners have made the commitment to call 811 prior to any excavation, but few go above and beyond with making safety their #1 priority.  The City of Raleigh has shown their commitment to keeping their community and employees safe.  They participate in monthly Wake County Utility Coordinating Committee meetings and Christopher McGee serves as chair of the North Carolina Underground Damage Prevention Review Board.  “This is truly the type of Safe Digging Partner NC811 is looking for:  The commitment to keeping the community safe while excavating and providing a vital utility service to their customers,” said NC811’s Education Department Manager Ann Rushing.  Christopher McGee, the Transportation Field Services Manager for the City of Raleigh, was presented the award from Louis Panzer, Executive Director of North Carolina 811.

NC811 acknowledged the City of Raleigh’s commitment to damage prevention at their Raleigh, NC office on Friday, December 9, 2016 with a Safe Digging Partner award certificate.  “The City of Raleigh is honored to receive the Safe Digging Partner Award.  This award exemplifies our commitment to keeping our citizens and our employees safe.  The city promotes the safe digging message throughout all of our operational divisions as well as to our community.  Safety isn’t a priority for us, it’s a way of life!” said Christopher McGee.

Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first.  Find out more about becoming a Safe Digging Partner.

About NC811
Since 1978, North Carolina 811 has provided a fast and easy communications link with local utility providers. The public provides NC811 information about excavation, NC811 transmits the information to utilities and they send out locators to mark underground lines for free. Call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three working days before you plan on digging.

 About Raleigh, NC
Raleigh, founded in 1792, is the second largest city in North Carolina and is situated in the heart of North Carolina’s Piedmont region, which is centered between the sandy Atlantic beaches and the Great Smoky Mountains. The City is both the county seat of Wake County and the capital of North Carolina. Raleigh covers an area of more than 146 square miles and is home to a growing and diverse population of approximately 440,000 residents. Raleigh is consistently recognized as one of the best cities in America to live, work and play. www.raleighnc.gov.

How to Identify Where the Underground Facilities Are When You Aren’t Planning to Dig

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Designers and Surveyors often need to know the location of underground facilities. If you aren’t planning to dig but still need to “know what’s below” there are a few steps you need to take before getting started.

First, you need to request a Design/Survey ticket from North Carolina 811.

The request process for design is similar to submitting a location request for digging.  Design/Survey tickets are created by companies or individuals responsible for the design of underground facilities or those who require a general description and location of existing underground facilities in an area.  A ticket can be requested through North Carolina 811, Inc. by dialing 8-1-1 or 1-800-632-4949. If you are trained in using North Carolina 811’s Remote Ticket Entry system you can also submit your Design/Survey tickets online at nc811.org/remote-ticket-entry.html

Since there will be no digging and, therefore, no risk to the underground utilities; the member utilities or their contract locators have 10 full working days to respond to the request, instead of the usual three full working days.

So far this year, utility members have responded to 5,101 Design/Survey ticket requests.  Just as you would for any normal locate request, be sure to check the NC 811 Positive Response for your ticket before you begin work. You can check Positive Response by calling 1-877-632-5050, go online to nc811.org/positive-response.html or by using the North Carolina 811 app. The member facility owner will respond to the Design/Survey request with one of the positive response codes below:

  • 92 SURVEY DESIGN REQUEST ‐ No Facilities in the Area
  • 94 SURVEY DESIGN REQUEST ‐ Facility Records Provided
  • 98 SURVEY DESIGN REQUEST ‐ Access to Facility Records Provided
  • 100 Location request denied due to Homeland Security Concern.  Member utility operators need to confirm legitimacy of the proposed excavation and may need additional information.”

North Carolina 811 would like to commend the NC Society of Surveyors for making the commitment to safe digging by becoming a Safe Digging Partner.  Being a partner identifies you and your company as a leader in underground damage prevention. The safe digging process is a shared responsibility between North Carolina 811, utilities, locators and excavators.  To learn more about becoming a Safe Digging Partner visit: nc811.org/safe-digging-partner.html and for more information about Design/Survey tickets go to nc811.org/what-are-design-survey-tickets.html