Ohio Utilities Protection Service presents at OACTS Summer Conference

Last week, representatives of the Ohio Utilities Protection Service, doing business as OHIO811, had the pleasure of attending the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents 2019 Summer Conference. As the communication link between those who have a need to excavate (residential and commercial) and those who own, operate and/or maintain buried utility facilities within the state of Ohio, OHIO811 is committed to delivering free educational safety programming to those entering or working in trades that require excavation activities. Ohio811’s free onsite presentations for Joint Vocational Schools and Career Centers are specifically tailored to promote personal safety and underground utility protection, educating students pursuing future careers in large equipment operation, landscaping, general construction, electrical, plumbing, law enforcement, fire and emergency management, and other related industries.

By law, all individuals and companies engaging in ANY digging or excavation project(s) are required to call 8-1-1 or visit www.ohio811.org, at least 48 hours, but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) prior to commencing their project(s). Charged with protecting the safety of excavators, the public and Ohio’s underground utility infrastructure, OHIO811 provides notification to all potentially impacted member facility owners about planned excavation activities, who then have 48 hours to “locate” their facilities prior to the commencement of digging. A not-for-profit membership-funded organization, OHIO811 promotes this “Call Before You Dig” compliance through marketing and educational efforts. OHIO811 has more than 1,600 members and received more than 1.4 million excavation requests in 2018.

Safety Talks include:

  • Educational videos
  • O.U.P.S. / OHIO811 History
  • Examples of Ohio utility damages and injuries to excavators
  • The roles of excavators and utilities in promoting safety
  • The information excavators must provide during the 8-1-1 call or online remote ticket entry process.
  • The Universal Marking Standards (Locate Marks) supporting excavators
  • The OUPS / OHIO811 mobile app and its tools for supporting excavators
  • Ohio’s Underground Damage Prevention Laws and Enforcement

JVS and Career Centers hosting OHIO811 Safety Talks during the 2018-19 school year included:

CTEC, Delaware County Career Center, Ohio Hi-Point, Knox County Career Center, Lorain County JVS, Pickaway / Ross County Career Center, Tolles, Tri-Rivers, Vantage, Washington County Career Center, and others.

More information regarding OHIO811 is available online at www.ohio811.org. If you are interested in having an OHIO811 community liaison deliver free excavator safety presentations to your students, please contact:

Jeff Kursman – 330-651-1581; jeffk@oups.org
Chuck Green – 330-301-1800; cgreen@oups.org