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OSHA Announces New Enforcement To Reduce Trench Fatalities

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on July 15 that its compliance officers will perform more than a thousand additional trench inspection nationwide to reduce the chances of jobsite fatalities. 22 people have lost their lives in trenches so far this year, an unacceptable increase that surpasses all of 2021's accident rate (15 lives lost).

Industry members and their safety officers know they can use NUCA's extensive trench safety programs to shape their jobsites to reduce risk and promote safe environments. The new NUCA STAR program evaluates, updates & recognizes a construction company's safety practices. NUCA members who participate should see lower incident rates & accidents across the board. Learn more about NUCA STAR and its trench safety modules at nuca.com/nucastar.

NUCA's safety director Mike Flowers is always available to help our members maintain a safe work environment. Mike can be reached at mike@nuca.com or 703-358-9300.


Safety Directors Forum: Nov. 17-18 in Denver

NUCA will be holding its combined Safety Directors Forum (SDF), 811 One Call Meeting, and Damage Prevention Forum in Denver, Colorado this fall. The two-day event on Nov. 17-18 will be held at the Westin Downtown Denver hotel and like last year's event, combine all three NUCA conferences for ease of participation. SDF offers company safety managers to network with other utility construction safety managers from across the country. And like last year's popular event, safety experts will present open-forum discussions on the most important and relevant safety information members need. The 811 One Call and Damage Prevention Forum will focus on damage prevention in the utility construction industry. NUCA hopes to see your safety professionals in Denver! A link for registration can be found at nuca.com/sdf or here.


Dig This! Podcast: Supply Chain Updates

NUCA's latest Dig This! podcast is posted and live, ready for your thoughts. This month's podcast segments discuss the supply chain issues affecting NUCA members and their projects.
** Jack Schaller, president of Waterworks at @coreandmain, discusses his company's work to alleviate industry supply chain issues
** Zack Perconti talks about NUCA's work with the White House on supply chain bottlenecks
Dig This! can be found at nuca.com/podcast or on all major podcast services. 


Association News

Member Benefit Alert - Prepare Your Listing for the Annual Buyer’s Guide!

All NUCA Members who have categories on their online profile are listed in the Online NUCA Member Directory. Associate Members are also listed in the NUCA Buyers Guide issue of Utility Contractor. To ensure that your listing is up to date for the November/December issue, please log into your NUCA Member Dashboard by visiting www.nuca.com. Please note: Members without categories selected may not be included in both the Buyer's Guide and the nuca.com online directory, so make sure your organizations information is up to date--don't miss out on potential business referrals! For questions about logging in or your NUCA membership benefits, please contact director of member benefits Lauren Hensley at lauren@nuca.com.


 NUCA-STAR Company Safety Program Introduced

Safety is the utility construction industry’s first priority. It is also the top priority of the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA). To help our members reach that goal, NUCA is introducing this month the NUCA Safety, Training, Awareness and Recognition (NUCA STAR) Program. The NUCA STAR Program was developed by the association’s Safety Committee to help evaluate, update, and recognize a member company’s safety program and practices. NUCA members who volunteer to participate should see lower incident rates and accidents on their jobsites and in their company facilities. We'll be releasing more details about this new program in the weeks ahead. More at nuca.com/nucastar.


NUCA’s Train-the-Trainer: A New Look, A New Course, Aug. 23-26

NUCA’s Safety, Education & Training Dept. is pleased to announce that the venerable NUCA Train-the-Trainer (TTT) course has a fresh new look and a new focus. The updated Train-the-Trainer course emphasizes building instructors and teaching them the concepts of being an effective instructor while focusing on teaching the core NUCA Competent Person and NUCA Confined Space Courses. The 2022 TTT course will be offered in Coppell, Texas, on Aug. 23-26. If you would like to attend this course, be a NUCA Certified Instructor, or refresh your skills and training, please contact NUCA’s training director Mike Flowers at mike@nuca.com.


NUCA Careers Website Open For Your Business: Post-Interview-Hire!

NUCA Careers is a premier online career resource connecting employees to the utility construction and excavation industry's talented professionals. Take advantage of your NUCA membership by posting your open jobs with NUCA Careers and tap into a concentrated talent pool of industry professionals at a fraction of the cost of online or local ads. Search the database, complete your employer profile, and let the resumes come to you. Visit online our website careers.nuca.com to learn more about this NUCA service.


Trenchless Technology Manual Now Available For Your Project Plans & Client Education

Trenchless technology continues to expand at a very rapid rate, as more contractors recognize the efficiency and cost-savings that can be recognized in its usage. To help more of its members understand trenchless tech, the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) released this spring its updated “Trenchless Construction and New Installation Methods” manual. The 148-page, full-color illustrated manual carefully addresses and explains the most common trenchless installation methods. This manual was written by construction industry experts, describing both the contractors’ and manufacturers’ perspective with the goal to educate and guide others in choosing the best subsurface method to completing a project. Buy a copy for your local planning engineer to alert them to the cost-savings this technology can deliver. The new manual is available exclusively from NUCA, and can be ordered online for US$99.95 plus shipping. More here: nuca.com/trenchlessmanual


Test Drive NUCA-WINS & Leave Damage Incident Headaches Behind

Interested NUCA members may receive time-limited user credentials to try out the NUCA WINS 2.1 app and learn firsthand how NUCA WINS helps subscribers reduce costs, eliminate paperwork, and defend against fraud and unwarranted utility strike and damage claims. Once you use NUCA WINS, you'll wonder how you managed your jobsites without it. And our partner Compatica announced last month that NUCA WINS subscription fees will remain unchanged until June 2023, so sign up today! To download the NUCA WINS Test Drive simply go to www.NUCAWINS.com and request your access. For more information, please contact Lauren Hensley at 703-358-9300 or visit nucawins.com.


What If You Could Spend Less For Your 401k Employee Benefits?

A plan checkup is the most important tool for uncovering cost savings in your employee retirement plan. Because you're a NUCA member, you can now discover whether your existing 401(k) program still works for your benefits package. And a checkup can reveal when it's time to explore a change to a more cost-effective option. If you want to learn more about the NUCA Advantage 401k option today and how easy it is for your company to implement, contact NUCA Advantage program director Christopher Price at 954-625-1531 or by email. NUCAAdvantage is also online at nucaadvantage.com.


Reduce Your Lodging Expenses Today

NUCA's partnership with CLC Lodging, the traveling construction team experts, can help you save time and money on hotels and corporate apartments at every step, from hotel reservations to hotel reconciliation and project reporting. CLC Lodging combines reservation, reporting, and reconciliation into one website, with over 45,000 pre-negotiated and discounted hotels participating. NUCA members can join for free, so sign up today and start experiencing your choice in lodging for your next business trip or for your employees working on remote jobsites. Learn more at nuca.com and join here.


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