MD/DC Damage Prevention Committee (DPC)
Kevin Woolbright, Chairman, Mark Hamrick, Vice Chairman & Dora Parks, Secretary
7223 Parkway Drive, Suite 100
Hanover, MD 21076
Minutes of the meeting held on September 22, 2015
Prepared by Emily Meier (MGH)
CALL TO ORDER AND INTRODUCTIONS
Vice Chairman Mark Hamrick called the regular monthly meeting to order at 9:30 am followed by the customary introductions. There were 36 attendees at the meeting.
The minutes of August 25, 2015 were approved as written, but Tom Hastings (One Call Concepts Locating Services) clarified that on page two of the minutes in the Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority section, it should be explained that the locating companies will provide a recommendation for the open locator seat on the Authority Board. That recommendation then goes to the Damage Prevention Committee, and finally it is provided to the governor for appointment.
OPEN DISCUSSIONS REGARDING DAMAGE PREVENTION AWARENESS & COOPERATION
Will Gooch (Decisive Communications) reported that he has been experiencing issues with Broadstripe, a local cable TV provider based in Anne Arundel County. Broadstripe is not responding to tickets, and Will has been unable to get in touch with anyone at the company's office. Steve Danko (Absolute Underground) stated that he has experienced the same issue for the past few years. Mark Hamrick (Verizon) recommended that anyone experiencing this issue should bring it to the attention of the Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority so that Jim Barron (ED, Maryland Authority) can investigate it or reach out to the Anne Arundel Cable Commissioner, John Lyons.
Mitzi Ambush (PEPCO) voiced concerns regarding excavators digging across transmission lines. Mitzi stated that PEPCO's pipelines are surrounded by a special thermal sand to insulate them, and contractors and subcontractors have been removing that sand during excavation and replacing it with other materials, which causes the pipes to erode, resulting in costly leaks. These pipes are labeled with "PTL." Mitzi stated that locators, including DCI and UtiliQuest, have been helpful with this issue and have been letting PEPCO know when a PTL is in conflict. If an excavator comes across one of these pipes, they should call PEPCO at the number provided on their ticket for further instruction.
Iris Curtis (SMECO) inquired about required depths for burying cable lines. Mark Hamrick explained that Maryland law does not stipulate a specific depth. Some counties, however, do require a specific depth. The actual depth at which cable lines are buried also depends on how they are installed by the contractor.
Dana Maye (Maryland State Highway Administration) informed the committee that the SHA has been tasked with several upcoming projects that need to be completed within a tight timeline. He asked if there is a way to expedite the process to have underground utility lines in the areas of their projects marked, other than by requesting Emergency Tickets. Mark Hamrick explained that SHA can use Short Notice Tickets to try to hasten the process, but that utility owners are not required to have locators mark their lines in a short amount of time, and SHA will still need to wait until all lines have been marked or "cleared" before starting work. Additional recommendations include calling in tickets as far in advance as possible, as there is no longer a maximum of 10 days in advance; setting up a meeting with locators; using Code 5 Work in Progress Tickets; white lining and staking the work area; providing maps for locators; and putting as few locations as possible on one ticket. Mark also mentioned that allowing excavators to pinpoint their work area by marking stakes on the map in ITIC is one of the improvements being made to the system.
TRAINING & EDUCATION PRESENTATION
NPL provided a presentation for the committee that focused on safety practices for using excavation equipment, such as backhoes. Backhoes have what's called the "Redzone," which is the area within the swing radius of a backhoe's bucket where employees and the public could be accidentally struck. NPL recommends several safety steps when using equipment. The first is holding a morning huddle with employees before every job to go over duties and safety practices. The second is the pre-operation inspection, which includes the operator reading the equipment's safety manual and completing an equipment inspection report after performing a full inspection of the equipment. Cones should be placed around the equipment to mark its swing radius. This area should be avoided by anyone, including other employees (even spotters) and the public, as they could be harmed. While using equipment, the operator's line of sight is often skewed, but they should ensure their sight path is clear. When parked or being loaded, equipment should be stabilized using secure chains at six different points of contact. In urban areas where space is tight, it can be challenging to block off the full swing radius of equipment, but the work area should be closed and marked for pedestrians as much as possible using cones and caution tape.
MD/DC SUBSCRIBERS COMMITTEE & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Scott Brown, WGL-Committee Chairman Vince Healy, Verizon-Vice Chairman Dora Parks, Miss Utility/One Call Concepts- Secretary
The next committee meeting is scheduled for October 8th at 9:30 am in Cumberland, MD, and will be hosted by Columbia Gas.
The Subscriber Committee and Board of Directors are active participants with the Maryland Authority regarding Title 12 Law modifications for a future rewrite.
STEERING COMMITTEE TO REWRITE THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ONE-CALL LAW
Scott Brown, WGL- Committee Chairman, Meena Gowda, Esq., DC Water-Vice Chairman, Dora Parks, Miss Utility/One Call Concepts-Secretary
The committee did not meet in August but met on September 1st instead. The next meeting is scheduled for October 1st at 9 am at the Miss Utility Call Center. The committee is almost finished with the rewrite draft and plans to have the legislative copy to the District of Columbia Counsel and Mayor later this year.
Meetings, minutes, attendance and draft working copies are available at; http://www.missutility.net/SteeringCommitteeRewriteDcLaw/index.asp.
If you would like to receive committee meeting information, please contact Dora Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARYLAND UNDERGROUND FACILITIES DAMAGE PREVENTION AUTHORITY
Kevin Woolbright, WSSC-Chairman and Jim Barron, Executive Director
The next meeting is scheduled for October 7th at 9 am the Miss Utility Call Center. The hearings will be open to the public, and all stakeholders were encouraged to attend.
LOCATOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (LAA) AND DIG SMART AWARDS (DSA)
Kevin Woolbright, WSSC-Chairman, Dora Parks, Miss Utility-Vice Chairman
The committee reviewed the 19 entries received for the Dig Smart Awards and selected the winners: Comer Construction, Inc. (Maryland Winner); Anchor Construction Corporation (Washington, D.C. Winner); and B. Frank Joy LLC (Excellence Winner). All winners will be recognized during the GCDPTC in Ocean City, MD.
Please visit, http://www.missutility.net/missutilityawards/maryland_awards.asp to learn more about the awards.
2015 GREATER CHESAPEAKE DAMAGE PREVENTION TRAINING CONFERENCE (GCDPTC)
Chairman, Matt Ruddo (One Call Concepts)
The 7th annual Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference is being held Oct. 27-30, 2015 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD. Informational brochures are available at the Miss Utility Call Center, and the conference website (www.missutilityconference.com) provides up to date conference information. The conference currently has 286 registered attendees, so attendance is expected to meet or exceed past years. All stakeholders were encouraged to register if they hadn't already done so.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
Emily Meier stated there had been 23 trade show events completed since January 2015, some spanning over several days for the western Maryland and District area. Future shows include:
If you are interested in volunteering for any Trade Shows or would like to receive the updated Trade Show emails, please email Emily Meier at email@example.com.
- Garrett County Home & Garden Show
Garrett County Fairgrounds
McHenry (Deep Creek Lake), MD
Sept. 26-27, 2015
Approximate number of attendees: 1,000-1,250
- Level Volunteer Fire Company Open House
Level Volunteer Fire Company
Havre de Grace, MD
Oct. 4, 2015
Approximate number of attendees: 900
- Chesapeake Region Safety Council Conference & Expo
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Oct. 7, 2015
Approximate number of attendees: 300
- Maryland Home and Garden Show (Fall)
Maryland State Fairgrounds
Oct. 16-18, 2015
Approximate number of attendees: 20,000
Damage Prevention and Safety Training
Dora Parks, Miss Utility-Training Coordinator
Past Training Events
- Childs Landscaping on August 28th – Severna Park
- Cherry Hill Construction on September 3rd – Jessup
- Town of Perryville, DPW on September 9th – Perryville
- Quarterly Training at Miss Utility on September 11th
- Cherry Hill Construction on September 15th – Jessup
Future Training Events
- Paradigm – Various locations and dates
- WMACSA (ASSOC) on October 14th – College Park
- Quarterly Training at Miss Utility on November 13th
- Contractor Training (DC) on November 17th – Washington, D.C.
To schedule a FREE Damage Prevention & Safety Training, please contact Dora Parks, Manager of Client Relations at 410-782-2026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There being no further business brought before the committee, the meeting adjourned at 10:30 am.
Next MD/DC Damage Prevention Committee Meeting; October 27, 2015 starting at 9:30 am; refreshments are available at 9:00 am at Miss Utility, 7223 Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Hanover, MD 21076.
Monthly meeting minutes and the attendee contact list is available at,