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APRIL IS "CALL BEFORE YOU DIG" MONTH
On April 14th, Connecticut Govenor, Dannel Malloy met with several CBYD board members and Associate members to proclaim the month of April as "Call Before You Dig" month and encouraged the public to use 811 as the number to notify CBYD. Attending the proclamation were CBYD Directors: Dean Muratori, Tom Bashaw, Bret Factora, Derek Brown and Wayne Gagnon. Also, in attendance were Dan Nivison and Karl Baker of the CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Matt Hallisey of the National Utility Contractors Association of CT and Tony Ciriello, Associate Member of Engineering. CBYD is Connecticut's central clearinghouse for receiving and dispatching excavating informaton to its public utility members. The affected utililty members identify their underground utility pipes and cables to avoid utility disruption and damage.
Call Before You Dig Month
CNLA Summer Field Day
CBYD exhibited at the CNLA Field Day at Summer Hill Nursery in Madion, CT on July 17th. Despite the oppresive heat, the program attracted more than 200 attendees. It was the first time CBYD has ever particpated with this organization. The show was a success!
(left to right) Jim Peek, John Bonville & Steve Rieben. Missing: Beth Bannister & Derek Brown
CBYD exhibits at CASHO
Several members of the CBYD board of directors, CBYD retirees and PelicanCorp particpated at the annual Connecticut Street and Highway Officials (CASHO) tradeshow on Thursday, May 16th at the Church of Living Christ formerly Mountainridge, Wallingford. This large equipment exhibition of heavy equipment and numerous vendors from various industries drew over 1,000 attendees. CBYD's exhibit and handouts emphasized the national one call number, 811. The event was very successful with a great turnout and terrific weather.
Derek Brown, Bill Petersen, Duane Rodgers, John Bonville and Jim Peek
Call Before You Dig/CT Whale Public Education Campaign
Connecticut Call Before You Dig sponsored the Friday March 22, 2013 CT Whale AHL game against the Hershey Bears. Connecticut Call Before You Dig provided 2,000 811 tee shirts to giveaway to the attendees of the game. Connecticut Call Before You Dig had a table at the entrance to the arena to distribute 811 Call Before You Dig materials and to answer questions about Call Before You Dig in Connecticut. Several Call Before You Dig PSA’s were shown on the Jumbotron during the game.
John Bonville, Derek Brown & Beth Bannister
Comcast Safety Rodeo
Comcast sponsored a "Safety Rodeo" on Thursday, July 26th at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford. CBYD participated as a vendor at the program. Attending the event from CBYD was Derek Brown, Dean Muratori, John Bonville and Joe Gallo of PURA. The event was well attended and very informative. The equipment rodeo rounded out the event.
VP of Damage Prevention/Education, John Bonville
Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Meeting
John Bonville, (right) VP of CBYD's PR Committee , performs double duty at the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce meeting held on June 1st by representing CBYD and his employer, Connecticut Natural Gas Corp. Standing left of John is John Maziarz of CNG Gas Operations.
John Maziarz & John Bonville of CNG
Want to have a safe excavating season this year? Contact CBYD to attend one of our monthly safety meetings. We meet the first Wednesday of the month and discuss in detail CBYD regulations and requirements. This is your chance to have questions answered and learn more about the CBYD underground utility damage prevention program. There is no charge and the meeting runs about 90 minutes so that you have plenty of time to get back to work. If you have a large group that needs to be brought up to speed on CBYD regulations, contact us at (203)248-5502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange to come to you. Also, the State of Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority(PURA) employs a full time representative that can come out to your workplace and provide an expanded safety program exclusively for your organization. PURA will review CBYD state regulations, show CBYD's new safety awareness video, discuss compliance & enforcement measures, and end with questions and answers. PURA is also available for evening engagements to address special interest groups or associations. Contact Joe Gallo at PURA by calling (860)833-7200 or email email@example.com to arrange your personal safety meeting.
Please note - Should you request CBYD or the PURA to attend a safety presentation at your facility, please be certain to reserve a minimum of 1 hours time for our comprehensive safety presentation. Also, a television and VCR is recommended to take advantage of our 14 minute safety awareness video. To ensure maximum effectiveness of our program to your group, consider a morning program rather than afternoon. Due to the number of requests we receive, CBYD requires a minimum of twenty (20) attendees to the scheduled meeting however PURA is more flexible.
In a hurry and need a CBYD ticket? CBYD offers E-Ticket(electronic) notification via its website. If you have access to the internet, you can complete a location request, routine or emergency form on line and submit it directly to CBYD. You will receive your ticket number and the associated utility companies that will be notified of your request in real-time. Renewal of your old ticket is also available! Simply click INTERACTIVE WEB on the top of our homepage and then click NEW USERS. Acknowledge the "terms of agreement" portion and complete/submit the registration form (for first time users). When CBYD receives your E-Ticket registration, we will then assign you a password to access the E-Ticket program. It's that simple. Also note, CBYD has added a "Dynamic Buffer" to the E-Ticket. The user can select from a drop down box, the furthest footage from where the address of the dig location is provided. This buffer will capture and ensure all utility companies within a 360-degree circumference will be notified. If no buffer distance is selected, the system will automatically default to 133 feet of the address entered. Custom on-line mapping will assist you in creating your ticket. Visual mapping is optioned in various formats includingTerrain or Satelite Mode. Have questions? Call us at 800-922-4455 and a Customer Service Representative will assist you.
Hurricane Irene creates havoc for utility companies..
Hurrican Irene effected 700,00 plus electric customers throughout the State of Connecticut. The storm also caused this frightening incident involving CL&P's electric cable that arced the ground causing a natural gas explosion. Flames destroyed the road and left utility cables smoldering. Over 350 Yankee Gas Service customers in the Town of Oxford were left without service.
PRESS RELEASE: CALL 811
811 DAY IS ALMOST HERE! CALL BEFORE YOU DIG, INC. REMINDS CONNECTICUT
RESIDENTS THAT AUGUST 11 (8/11) IS A CONVENIENT REMINDER TO CALL 811 BEFORE DIGGING IN YOUR YARD!
Connecticut-statewide information (August 1, 2014) - With Aug. 11th almost here, Call Before You Dig,
Inc. hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 811 prior to any
digging project to have underground utility lines marked to avoid hitting them. Call Before You Dig is a nonprofit
organization comprised of all public utility companies and municipalities within Connecticut. CBYD is a
free service that provides homeowners and professional excavators with a toll free call by dialing 8-1-1 for
locating and marking underground facilities by its members. Calling CBYD before you dig is the law in Connecticut more.......
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