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advanced operating techniques. It spon- NUCA Accomplishments distribution, treatment plant and site de-
sored the development of two new So far this year, NUCA says it has made a velopment – at Utility Construction Expo
videos – “TIPS from the Pros: Crawler number of accomplishments in safety, ed- 2007
Excavator” and “Tips from the Pros: ucation, political and government rela- ■ It continued development of a pipe in-

Wheel Loader” – in conjunction tions and communications. stallation DVD training program avail-
with VISTA Training and John The association has provided its mem- able through the NUCA store. The train-
Deere Construction. bers the following safety training: ing tool covers job layout, understanding
“[The programs] focus on proven tech- ■ It offered individual members with tech- surveys and grades, excavation, manholes
niques to achieve maximum productivity nical assistance regarding safety and OS- and backfilling, testing and chlorination
in a safe, equipment-friendly way,” NUCA HA issues. and pipe handling
explains. “The series promotes transfer of ■ It obtained a Caterpillar endorsement NUCA also has participated in the
productivity techniques to the next gen- of its NUCA Excavation Safety and Com- annual meeting of the Common Ground
eration of equipment operators.” petent Person Training program. Alliance, a Virginia-based association
The primary purpose of the videos, NU- ■ It revised and updated both the English focused on reducing damages to the
CA says, is to train utility construction and Spanish versions of the Confined underground utility infrastructures.
users. “All operators share a common chal- Space student manuals. The group says it has continued to
lenge in getting the most out of their equi- In education, it has: expand the NUCA Damage Prevention
pment,” it states. ■ It offered 14 hours of educational pro- and Claims avoidance Program to assist
“The new videos were filmed under gramming at Utility Construction EXPO NUCA members with damage preven-
actual work conditions. Each is an instruc- 2007 in Las Vegas, which included ses- tion and mitigation of damage claims. It
tional video designed to make [members’] sions such as Leadership, Integrity and has also continued to support state
work sites more efficient. Resilience; The Employee Turnover Epid- efforts to reform state damage preven-
“The videos will complement any com- emic in Construction and How to Stop it; tion laws to require municipalities to
pany’s in-house training program. How to Effectively Manage an OSHA locate and mark their sewer laterals that
“New and experienced operators alike Inspection; The Great Fleet Management exist on private property.
will pick up productivity enhancing Shoot-out; and A Taste of NUCA’s Crew NUCA says it has also encouraged
skills that will make their job site run Leader Development Program NTSB to conduct a safety study on the
more smoothly.” ■ It held three market-based forums – gas issue of unmarked sewer laterals. ■


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