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OECS, Inc.

OECS offers a 5 Step Process: Assess, Develop, Implement, Train and Audit to ensure your workplace is safe, your operations are in compliance with regulations, and your employees are well-trained to prevent injuries and incidents.

OECS will customize these programs to your specific needs. They act as a resource available to your company for a variety of circumstances. We will not only assess and document the safety program designed to meet your workplace needs, but we can also inform you and train your employees to have an in-depth understanding of each process for compliance.

Visit OECS online to learn more.

Excavation Safety Guide

Brought to you by Infrastructure Resources, the Excavation Safety Guide features current practices & technological insights from industry leaders and can be used as a year-long resource for your business and safety needs. The Guide includes helpful information on Before You Dig, Digging Safely, Locating and Marking and a Resources Directory. To order hard copies, contact Infrastructure Resources at (866) 279.7755 or visit them on-line at

FREE Damage Prevention Meetings!

Download the latest CGA Best Practices Handbook here.

Join the MN Regional Common Ground Alliance for damage prevention meetings. You can register as an individual or a group; meetings are held at several locations across Minnesota throughout March and April. To learn more and register, click here.

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Planet Underground TV

View the Excavation Sessions

Threading the Needle
Check out the first feature of our premiere episode, as excavating crews get the job done through communication and teamwork to avoid any damages on the site.

Exposed to Risk
Check out the second feature of our premiere episode, where insurance company representatives work with excavating teams to better ensure damage prevention on site and determine the appropriate rates.

Safely Crossing an Exposed Utility
Planet Underground TV captured this incredible footage of excavators protecting a gas service during a utility installation. Watch through a pot-holed gap as the crew pulls back a rod from their HDD carefully over a protected gas line, handling these critical “holding points” with care and precision.

Excavators are Not the Problem, They Are the Solution
Planet Underground TV films a crew as they replace old lines and pipes dating back to the 1930s! Watch as they guys use a HDD, attach tracer wires and talk all things excavating. This eye-opening video gives a fascinating glimpse into the dangers and difficulties that excavators face on a daily basis.

811 War Stories
Check out this eye-opening video looking at the sometimes uncertain world of utility locating from the unique viewpoint of actual excavators working on a dig site. These guys talk about mis-located lines, incorrect one-call marks and the dangers that these things can lead to, like accidentally hitting a live power line!

Near Miss at an Electrical Substation
Planet Underground TV interviews a group of excavators and gets some important safety advice about drilling near electrical substations and underground facilities.

Just Paint on The Ground
Planet Underground TV takes you into the world of the excavator, and in this case the excavator is ElectriCom. Matt Ory, Safety Director, talks to us about some changes and initiatives to boost damage prevention. We also got to talk to the crews out in the field, to hear their point of view and personal experiences when damages could have occurred.

GPR – Just Touching The Surface
Planet Underground TV talked with one of the most knowledgeable GPR experts in the country, Dr. Dennis Prezbindowski, and he gave us some insight on what it takes to be a good GPR Locator. Skilled interpretation by the GPR operator/locator is key to getting the best results from the data. We also spent time with Blood Hound GPR expert Brian Clem as he showed us how he approaches scanning an area with a GPR machine.

Mapping the Modern City
Planet Underground TV talks with HBK Engineering's CEO, Ron Kaminski, and VP, Eric Bergstrom, as they talk about the advantages of mapping a complex underground utility network in a modern city like Chicago. We joined an HBK survey crew in the field as they talked about how one consolidated base map would benefit them and future crews immensely.

Planet Underground TV: Episode 4

Planet Underground presents its latest TV episode, bringing you proactive companies, crews and technologies focused on cost-saving and life-saving damage prevention strategies and solutions. 

Planet Underground TV: Episode 7 –  The American Locator
Planet Underground TV’s Episode 7 features three veteran locators working in St. Paul, MN. Xcel Energy’s Frank Mariano is one of only several hundred utility-employed locators in the U.S. that are assigned to protect buried infrastructure in urban cores. Jon Moulton and Joshua Richard of Q3 Contracting team up to demonstrate the return on investment that professional locators give utility contractors as they work in older, crowded and challenging below ground environments.

Construction Communications: How to Build Trust Webinar

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MUCA Members are invited to view and share this webinar, on learning specific communication techniques for building trust on the jobsite, with your field team. You’ll learn the S.A.V.E. Communication model from Brain Skills @ Work which is:

  • Stop what you’re doing and focus on the other person
  • Ask questions that encourage others to speak
  • Validate and don’t interrupt
  • End with explicit positive regard

Learning how to communicate, validate and appreciate others on the jobsite is a valuable tool. 

Presenter: Mary Casey, Co-Founder, BrainSkills@Work 

Mary E. Casey has 30+ years providing top-level diversity and inclusion, leadership development, and intercultural communication training and consulting experience. Their clients include Deloitte, Medtronic, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Seagate, Land 0' Lakes, and others. Their particular expertise in unconscious bias and inclusion training and includes developing and implementing large-scale strategic diversity initiatives and training roll-outs for 20,000+ employees - both domestically and globally. In May 2012, Mary achieved Advanced Certification as NeuroBusiness coaches with Dr. Srini Pillay, Harvard medical school professor and CEO of NeuroBusiness Group. She is the co-author of The Neuroscience of Inclusion: New Skills for New Times, which is available on amazon.

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