Virtual Toolbox Talks

Virtual Toolbox Talks have returned for 2021.  Due to their popularity, we are launching a new series of webinars featuring best practices and lessons learned from local, state and national industry experts.  Topics and speakers for the upcoming series are listed below.

Hosted by Damage Prevention Manager Dave Van Wy, each webinar will last approximately 30 minutes and begin at 8:30 a.m.  There is no cost to attend a webinar, simply click here to register and receive your Zoom link.

For questions, please contact a Damage Prevention Manager .

January 27 Vacuum Excavation: Discover its Benefits and Alternate Uses
Jeff Buzicky, Area Manager at Badger Daylighting Midwest, will discuss the safety advantages of vacuum excavation.  Steve will also talk about some of the alternate uses for this equipment that may have never entered your mind.
February 24 Damage Reporting
Khrysanne Kerr, Vice President of Marketing and Outreach at Common Ground Alliance (CGA), will discuss the importance of reporting damages and understanding the need for documentation. Khrysanne will also discuss “root cause” and CGA’s Best Practices with respect to damage reporting.
March 31 Communication as a Damage Prevention Tool
Dave Smith, Superintendent of Damage Prevention at Ameren Illinois, will discuss the importance of field communication beyond the one-call ticket.  Dave will talk about the importance of partnering with each stakeholder group before and during excavation to improve the outcome of a safe excavation on your job site.
April 21 Excavation within the “Tolerance Zone”
Mike Parilac, President of Planet Underground, will discuss the prevalence of damages within the tolerance zone. Mike will also discuss the practice of blind boring and other misplaced concepts utilized by some excavators when working in close proximity to marked underground infrastructure.
To register for one or more Virtual Toolbox Talk, click here.

Our popular 2020 Virtual Toolbox Talks were recorded and are available online.  Click on one of the links below to watch one of our previous webinars.

WATCH – When Damage Occurs    
WATCH – JULIE’S Digital Tools.    
WATCH – Locating During the Pandemic Crisis with Special Guest Gerald Johnson, Operations Manager, Illinois, USIC.    
WATCH – Benefits of Pre-marking with Special Guest Greg Preisch, Director of Utility Construction, Electric Conduit Construction.    
WATCH – Understanding Ticket Life and Your Dig Number.    
WATCH – What impact has the Pandemic Crisis had on JULIE, the State-Wide One-Call Notice System in Illinois with Special Guest Mark Frost, Executive Director, JULIE, Inc.    
WATCH – Working safely around pipelines with Special Guest Aaron Hoerchler, Operations Supervisor with Kinder Morgan.    
WATCH – Enforcement of the One-Call Law with a Special Guest, Carl Parks from the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), One-Call Enforcement Division.    
WATCH – Impact of the Current Health Crisis on the Construction Industry in Illinois.    
WATCH – Benefits of Design Stage Locate.  Dave Van Wy talks with Daniel Rest, P.E., Division Lead with HBK Engineering LLC about the advantages of utilizing the Design Stage tools available from JULIE.