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Excavator | October 2018

A message from NAXSA

In this Issue:

2019 NAXSA Convention

5th Annual NAXSA Golf Tournament

More than 22,500 Workers Took Part In the 2018 Trench Safety Stand Down

Drones and BIM in Underground Utility Construction

U.S. Department of Labor Updates National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation Safety

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Compliance Assistance Resources to Keep Workers Safe from Trenching-Related Hazards

NAXSA Committees

NAXSA Calendar

Do You Have News?

2019 NAXSA Convention

NAXSA 2019 Convention

Plan to join us for the North American Excavation Shoring Association's 5th Annual Convention in Las Vegas Nevada! NAXSA’s convention offers one-of-a-kind networking opportunities, and educational seminars tailored exclusively for those in excavation shoring practices.

Host Hotel

Park MGM
3770 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 730-7777

Park MGM is a new resort from MGM Resorts and Sydell bringing fun in a personal way to Las Vegas with the help of a great community of friends and collaborators. Stay tuned throughout 2018 as they unfold and become home to Eataly, The NoMad Hotel Las Vegas, Roy Choi's first restaurant outside of Los Angeles, and more. View more details about the hotel and location here.

Book Your Hotel Reservations Today!

Beat the rush and make your room reservations at our host hotel now! To take advantage of the 2019 NAXSA Convention rates at the Park MGM, your reservation must be made by Sunday, January 27, 2019. NAXSA has secured special room rates — listed below — that are available until Sunday, January 27, 2019, or until the contracted room block is exhausted, whichever comes first.

Room Rates:
Park King - $95++ and a $35 resort fee
Nighthawk King - $57++ and a $35 resort fee
++ applies to any applicable taxes, occupancy fees or services charges that are applied to the room rate

Reservation Deadline: Sunday, January 27, 2019

Check-In Time: 3:00 p.m.
Check-Out Time: 11:00 a.m

To Make Reservations

Reservations can be made online at the NAXSA 2019 Hotel Reservation Website. Click here to make your Park MGM Reservation.

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5th Annual NAXSA Golf Tournament at Bears Best in Las Vegas

Join us on the Links

The 5th Annual NAXSA Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in conjunction with the 2019 NAXSA Convention in Las Vegas.  Bears Best Las Vegas is an upscale Jack Nicklaus Golf Course offering a world class experience. Jack Nicklaus himself selected 18 holes from his more than 200 course designs worldwide, encompassing all of his favorite holes into one round of golf. 

For an up close view of this course, go to
http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Bear-s-Best-Las-Vegas/Golf/Course-Flyover.

Registration and Sponsorship opportunities coming soon!

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More than 22,500 Workers Took Part In the 2018 Trench Safety Stand Down

The results of the 2018 Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) Week, sponsored by NAXSA, NUCA and the NUCA Safety Ambassadors Club, were unprecedented. More than 22,500 workers and 400 organizations participated this year, more than doubling 2017’s results. Thank you to those who held pro-bono training across the country and to all that took time to conduct stand-downs during the busy construction season. Your participation speaks volumes about your commitment to employee safety. And most importantly, together you have undoubtedly saved lives!

Special thanks to the NAXSA members that held pro-bono trainings and/or helped to promote the TSSD. You helped save lives!

  • BakerCorp
  • DP Nicoli, Inc.
  • Mabey, Inc.
  • National Trench Safety, LLC
  • STEMAR Equipment & Supply Co., Inc.
  • Trench Plate Rental Co
  • Trench Safety and Supply
  • Trench Shore Rentals
  • Trench Shoring Company
  • Underground Safety Equipment
  • United Rentals Trench Safety

Read the complete news release from NUCA .

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Drones and BIM in Underground Utility Construction

by Steven Simon
September 17, 2018

Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems have taken the survey and construction industry by storm the last several years. This is no exception within the underground utility sector of the construction industry. With the use of drones and BIM (Building Information Modeling) for the inspection and mapping of new and existing utilities these technologies have begun to save utility companies hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

Drones are unmanned aerial aircraft systems that have camera systems installed used to perform aerial photogrammetric surveys of a given area. Photogrammetry is photography that ties existing points on the ground to the visual data collected by the camera system; then aligns those points enabling the creation of current maps and 3D images and models. In recent years the payloads for drones have expanded beyond just cameras to GPS positioning equipment, LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) equipment, and in the agricultural industry multi spectral imaging systems for crop surveys.

According to a recent article by Drone Deploy the use of drones can reduce the underground utility locations times up to 50%; which means projects get going at a faster rate due to less downtime with the utility locations services. Roughly 65+ million underground utility locates happen each year in the United States and this process involves locating the utilities at each potential jobsite, collecting the coordinates for the site and creating a report that provides the needed information for Underground Utility companies to use. In most cases underground locates can be performed for a site-specific project in a relatively short amount of time, but for larger utility projects in more populated and already developed areas these locates require more detailed report to assist in project planning. When coupled with the right post processing software drones become invaluable.

Drones are also being utilized as part of the inspection process. A great example of the use of drones is the natural gas pipeline industry and the inspection and maintenance of the lines that are installed across the country. It is estimated that there are 2.4 million miles of underground natural gas lines and those lines need constant inspection and verification of their integrity.  The use of drones equipped with thermal imaging sensors can sense temperature variations in the ground which could indicate a leak. These leaks might never be detected by just a conventional flyover by airplane or ground inspections. Additionally, drones use in water utility operations can also be extremely valuable. With tens of thousand of acres of watershed areas, thousands of miles of pipelines, sewer lines; reservoirs and tanks; and water treatment plants.  In these types of utilities drones can be used to identify issues by measuring ground temperatures and visually inspecting these areas for potential issues.

In truth drones are only half of the equation. Software is what truly drives the technology forward. In all data collection operations there is a need to process the millions of data points and thousands of photos that the drone and their onboard sensors collect. There are many post processing software’s that give end users the post process power they need to get their projects to completion. We will not go as far to recommend a particular software product, but research and reputable dealers are a great place to get you pointed in the right direction. 

Software is also key to the integration of the date collected by the drones and BIM. What is BIM? BIM (Building Information Modeling) is 3D model-based process that enables architecture, engineering, and construction professionals the information and tools to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure construction more effectively. The use of BIM tools on the jobsite gives construction crews the ability to have a working 3D model of what is actually being built. If there are issues that arise in the initial design it will be represented in the model and the issue can be resolved prior to construction. BIM also allows for post inspections of a project for verification of the correct end product that was produced.     
If there is an area where BMI is under utilized it is the underground construction market. 

Underground construction is an adherently more dangerous environment but most construction companies choose to use more conventional methods for the building of these types of utilities. Ongoing jobsite survey along with the use of drones and the photo documentation they provide could assist in helping companies evaluate their safety practices with regard to the installation of underground utilities. Additionally for larger underground installation drone mapping and BIM mapping could assist in the design, bidding, and planning phases of these types of projects.

The future of drone and BIM use in the underground construction industry is still being written, but this technology is continually growing and advancing. There is a certainty that their use will become more prevalent in the coming months and years. The drones that are available will become more capable with longer flight times and more sensor capabilities; coupled with software that will become even easier to use; it stands to reason that this technology is here to stay.

Steven Simon is the East Regional Manager for Underground Safety Equipment Company / Trench Safety and Supply. 
     
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U.S. Department of Labor Updates National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation Safety

U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
Washington, D.C.
www.osha.gov

Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: 202-693-1999

October 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated the National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses in response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities.

OSHA's NEP will increase education and enforcement efforts while its inspectors will record trenching and excavation inspections in a national reporting system, and each area OSHA office will develop outreach programs.

"Removing workers from and helping workers identify trenching hazards is critical," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. "OSHA will concentrate the full force of enforcement and compliance assistance resources to help ensure that employers are addressing these serious hazards."

The emphasis program began October 1, 2018, with a three-month period of education and prevention outreach. During this period, OSHA will continue to respond to complaints, referrals, hospitalizations, and fatalities. Enforcement activities will begin after the outreach period and remain in effect until canceled. OSHA-approved State Plans are expected to have enforcement procedures that are at least as effective as those in this instruction.

OSHA has developed a series of compliance assistance resources to help keep workers safe from trenching and excavation hazards. The trenching and excavation webpage provides information on trenching hazards and solutions.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The department's Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center converts departmental information and documents into alternative formats, which include Braille and large print. For alternative format requests, please contact the department at (202) 693-7828 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (federal relay).

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U.S. Department of Labor Provides Compliance Assistance Resources to Keep Workers Safe from Trenching-Related Hazards

U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Communications
Washington, D.C.
www.osha.gov

September 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a series of compliance assistance resources to help keep workers safe from trenching and excavation hazards. OSHA’s goal is to increase awareness of trenching hazards in construction, educate job creators and workers on safe cave-in prevention solutions, and decrease the number of trench collapses. These resources, which continue the goals of the Department’s recently announced Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI), encourage and facilitate compliance evaluations.

Trench-related injuries are preventable when workers are properly trained and the required protections are in place. OSHA is working with industry stakeholders and providing new compliance assistance resources.

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recorded audio public service announcements in English and Spanish that highlight effective ways to stay safe when working around trenches and excavations. A 45-second video, “5 Things You Should Know to Stay Safe,” also highlights well-known and proven safety measures that can eliminate hazards and prevent worker injuries.
  • An updated trenching operations QuickCard provides information on protecting workers around trenches, including daily inspections, and trench wall safety.
  • OSHA’s revised “Protect Workers in Trenches” poster provides a quick reminder of the three ways to prevent dangerous trench collapses: SLOPE or bench trench walls, SHORE trench walls with supports, or SHIELD trench walls with trench boxes. The poster is available in English and Spanish.
  • An updated trenching and excavation webpage provides additional information on trenching hazards and solutions.

OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program provides valuable services for job creators that are separate from enforcement. OSHA recently published an analysis demonstrating how the agency’s On-Site Consultation Program contributes $1.3 billion to the national economy each year. Job creators who implement workplace improvements can reduce lost time due to injuries and illnesses, improve employee morale, increase productivity, and lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

OCI – housed within the Department of Labor’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy – fosters a compliance assistance culture within the Department designed to complement its ongoing enforcement efforts. This Office focuses on helping enforcement agencies more effectively use online resources to deliver information and compliance assistance to help the American people. In August 2018, OCI launched Worker.gov and Employer.gov to provide information about workers’ rights and the responsibilities of job creators toward their workers.

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U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The department’s Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center converts departmental information and documents into alternative formats, which include Braille and large print. For alternative format requests, please contact the department at (202) 693-7828 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (federal relay).

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NAXSA Calendar

October 25, 2018
November Excavator Article Deadline

February 27, 2019
5th Annual NAXSA Golf Tournament, Las Vegas

February 27-March 1, 2019
5th Annual NAXSA Convention, Las Vegas

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