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Request from the Canadian Association of Pipeline and Utility Locating Contractors

To All Industry Stakeholders:

The Vision and related Mission of the Canadian Association of Pipeline and Utility Locating Contractors (CAPULC) is to provide leadership, promote safety, and work to enhance the value and reputation of the underground facility locating industry in Canada.

CAPULC’s subsequent mandate is to: (1) define, establish and preserve the identity and the common interests of the underground facility locating industry; (2) educate and promote better relations between members and governmental agencies, other Associations, contractors, professional engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, utility companies, one call centers, the public and the underground facility locating industry; (3) develop standards for the locating industry in Canada and; (4) encourage the education of Association members in the pursuit of underground facility locating in accordance with sound business principles.

As contractors, CAPULC has a vested interest in shaping our future, and is therefore taking a proactive role in the development of standards for the locating industry in Canada.  Guidelines for evaluating competencies and qualifications should be determined by those who possess knowledge and expertise within the locating industry and exemplified by the members.

In response to our mandate, CAPULC is pleased to present this new training tool for underground facility locating. This manual is intended to become a record of the practical locating skills acquired by the Locator.

The tasks identified in this manual represent the “hands on” aspects of a line locating field training program. When blended with knowledge components found in recognized courses and manufacturer’s reference materials, the desired overall learning and competency should be achieved.

From the Locators point of view a recognized training program provides a process for the Locator to be acknowledged for their efforts. From the Facility Owner/Operators’ point of view, it verifies that the Facility Owner/Operator has made reasonable efforts toward identifying and implementing safe and proper procedures of performing underground facility locating tasks.

Attached is a draft copy of the Underground Facility Locator’s (UFL) Field Task Competency Manual ©. We are requesting reviews and comments from all industry Stakeholders with regard to the attached manual document.

All reviews and welcomed comments are to be submitted by Apr. 20, 2014 to:  jasonmugford@capulc.ca

Thanks in advance for your responses.

Submitted on behalf of

Randy Palaniuk, NCSO                                                  By:      Jason Mugford
President, CAPULC                                                                     Executive Director, CAPULC

posted: April 16th, 2014

Contractor Breakfast Series Continues….Register Now!

As part of Safe Digging Month, there are a series of FREE contractors’ breakfasts.  Thanks to everyone who made the Surrey Contractors Breakfast a success!  There are four more….

Chilliwack on April 15th from 7 am to 8 am.

Kamloops on April 16th from 7 am to 8 am.

Please see the attached poster for more details  and share it with your contacts.

To register, phone 1-866-262-3654 and leave a message or email crossings@spectraenergy.com by Friday, April 11, 2014.

Kelowna on April 17th from 7 am to 8:30 am.

Please see the attached poster for more details and share it with your contacts.

To register, email Michelle.Petrusevich@fortisbc.com by Wednesday, April 9, 2014 or leave a message: (604) 604-592-7915

Prince George on May 2nd from 7:30 am to 9 am – breakfast will start at 7 am (a BCCSA hosted event)

Guest Speaker Dr. Ray Baker will be speaking to “From Safety Risk to Resolution Substance Use and the Safety Sensitive Workplace”.

See the attached poster and register here.

posted: April 10th, 2014

Journal of Commerce – Safe Digging Month Interview

The British Columbia Common Ground Alliance held a contractor’s breakfast on April 1 to highlight the importance of excavation awareness and to ring in “National Safe Digging Month.”

BCCGA Executive Director Dr. Dave Baspaly spoke to the Journal of Commerce about the importance of the BC One Call initiative, which gives contractors a one-stop contact point to determine whether it is safe to dig before excavation begins. Baspaly also detailed the work behind the current national “Click Before You Dig” web portal, and the work currently being done to expand upon the service.

See the interview here.

posted: April 7th, 2014

Notice of Annual General Meeting – April 9, 2014 – PLEASE RSVP

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on April 9, 2014  from 9:30 am to 3:15 pm at

YWCA Hotel Vancouver
Canfor & Royal Bank Room
733 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC.

The Agenda and Minutes from last year are available for your reference.

Speakers include:

  • Ken Paulson, Chief Operating Officer, BC Oil and Gas Commission ~ State of the Union
  • Shir Kirk, Chair, Canadian One Call Centres ~ Future of One Call in Canada

The status of Stakeholder Seats that are up for election can be found here.

**  Please note that members must have paid membership dues (2014) and be in attendance to be eligible to vote and/or stand for election and/or retain Board seat.

Lunch will be provided – PLEASE RSVP to info@commongroundbc.ca so we can order food.

posted: April 3rd, 2014

2014 Alberta Annual Safety Conference – Early Bird Registration Ends Today

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Holiday Inn and Suites, 9816 – 107 St, Grande Prairie, Alberta

30 Apr 2014 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

To register as a participant or a sponsor, please visit: http://www.albertacga.ca/safety-conference

Sponsors will be recognized at the conference.    Sponsorship amount is $500 (GST exempt) and helps to cover:  Breakfast, morning break, lunch, afternoon break, door prizes.

To donate door prizes, please contact Bruce Partington at:   780-231-5147 or partinrb@yahoo.ca

posted: April 2nd, 2014

FREE Contractor’s Breakfast – Only 2 more days to register!

Our first FREE contractors’ breakfast will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel in Surrey on April 1st, 2014 from 7 to 8 am.  We are expecting 300 attendees.

Please distribute the invitation and poster to all of your members and contacts.

Please register online here by Friday March 28, 2014.

Ground disturbers – excavating contractors, road crews,  public works crews, landscapers, fence installers, sign companies, farmers, homeowners and anyone else who breaks ground – will be invited to learn more about keeping themselves and their communities safe by following proper ground disturbance procedures.

posted: March 26th, 2014

April is Safe Digging Month

April 2014 will once again be National Safe Digging Month, the time of year when all Common Ground Alliance stakeholders come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners call before they dig and follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages.

April is quickly approaching.  Help us to promote Safe Digging Month.

 

Proclaim April as Safe Digging Month…

Have your company or municipality sign a proclamation — you can find the proclamation template here.

 

Attend and help us promote our FREE Contractor Breakfast…

  • Surrey on April 1st –  Register online here!  Deadline is March 28th.
  • Chilliwack on April 15th - phone 1-866-262-3654 and leave a message or email crossings@spectraenergy.com by Friday April 11, 2014.
  • Kamloops on April 16th - phone 1-866-262-3654 and leave a message or email crossings@spectraenergy.com by Friday April 11, 2014.

 

Promote Safe Digging Month on websites and email…

Help us promote National Safe Digging Month by including our website banner our on your website for the month of April.

You can also use the attached banner in your email signature…

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posted: March 20th, 2014

Contractor Breakfast Series – Surrey, Chilliwack and Kamloops – Sign up Now!

As part of Safe Digging Month, BCCGA and operators of buried facilities will be hosting a series of Free Contractors’ Breakfasts.

Ground disturbers – excavating contractors, road crews,  public works crews, landscapers, fence installers, sign companies, farmers, homeowners and anyone else who breaks ground – will be invited to learn more about keeping themselves and their communities safe by following proper ground disturbance procedures.

Lower Mainland – Surrey

The first FREE contractors’ breakfast will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel in Surrey on April 1st, 2014 from 7 to 8 am.  We are expecting 300 attendees.

Please distribute the invitation and poster to all of your members and contacts.

Please register online here by Friday March 28, 2014.

We have booth space available for $100 plus HST.  If you are interested, please email cheryl@commongroundbc.ca.

We are looking for door prizes, small participant prizes and promotional items for attendees.  If you are interested in providing promotional items for attendees, we will need 300 please.  Email cheryl@commongroundbc.ca and have it delivered by March 28th to:

BC One Call
Suite 222 - 4259 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 1H1

Chilliwack and Kamloops

FREE Contractor Breakfasts will also be held in Chilliwack on April 15th and Kamloops on April 16th – both from 7 am to 8 am.

Please see the attached poster for more details – and share it with your contacts.

To register, phone 1-866-262-3654 and leave a message or email crossings@spectraenergy.com by Friday April 11, 2014.

Free Locating Workshop – Register Seperately

EECOL Electric and Radiodetection Underground Utilities are hosting The ABCs of Underground Utilities, Cable and Pipeline Locating Workshop immediately following the April 1st breakfast in Surrey.   For more information, click here.

To register on line, please go to their web site www.eecol.com, click on “training” (bottom, middle of screen), you will be taken to their “training” site, then 1⁄2 way down the screen, left hand side you will see “Radiodetection Locate Workshop”, move your mouse to the right , click on “register”, complete the requested information, and then click “register me”.

posted: March 7th, 2014

1 dead, 7 injured after U.S. gas leak explodes

EWING, N.J. – A gas leak and explosion in a U.S. neighbourhood killed one person and injured seven workers Tuesday while destroying 10 homes and damaging 45 others, authorities said.

See the Global News article and video here.

posted: March 5th, 2014

April – Safe Digging Month & Contractor Breakfast

April 2014 will once again be National Safe Digging Month, the time of year when all Common Ground Alliance stakeholders come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners call before they dig and follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages.

 

What can you do to promote Safe Digging?

Attend and help us promote our FREE Contractor Breakfast

As part of Safe Digging Month, BCCGA and operators of buried facilities will be hosting a FREE contractors’ breakfast at the Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel in Surrey on April 1st, 2014 from 7 to 8 am.

Ground disturbers – excavating contractors, road crews,  public works crews, landscapers, fence installers, sign companies, farmers, homeowners and anyone else who breaks ground – will be invited to learn more about keeping themselves and their communities safe by following proper ground disturbance procedures.  We are expecting 300 attendees.

Please distribute the invitation and poster to all of your members and contacts.   They can register online here.

We have booth space available for $100 plus HST.  If you are interested, please email cheryl@commongroundbc.ca.

We are looking for door prizes, small participant prizes and promotional items for attendees.  If you are interested in providing promotional items for attendees, we will need 300 please.  Email cheryl@commongroundbc.ca and have it delivered by March 28th to:

BC One Call
Suite 222 - 4259 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 1H1

Promote Safe Digging Month on websites and email…

Help us promote National Safe Digging Month by including our website banner our on your website for the month of April.

You can also use the attached banner in your email signature…

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posted: February 23rd, 2014