Breakout Sessions

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Thursday, March 10

Breakout Sessions

811 Ticket Management… And Beyond!

10:15- 11:00

Shane Mattix     

Are you in need of a new software provider for 811 ticket management? Or are you wanting to take your damage prevention efforts to the next level? In addition to being the leading provider of 811 ticket management software since 1995, Irth Solutions has transformed into the industry’s most trusted and most comprehensive source for damage prevention, risk management and asset protection tools on the market today. Combined, these data points and tools provide an all-encompassing and unparalleled perspective of all known and unknown activities happening near your critical assets.

OSHA Reporting & Recordkeeping

10:15- 11:00

Jason Hudson, Director OSHA Consultation Division Oklahoma Department of Labor

OSHA has several reporting and recordkeeping requirements. This class will cover recording a serious work-related injuries and illnesses on OSHA 300 logs, posting requirements, reporting severe injuries to OSHA, and electronic recordkeeping. This class will also explain which businesses are exempt from the regulations based on size or industry. OSHA intent of these regulations affect all industry and information from this class will help employers and workers determine how to be in compliance and not over report.

Keynote Breakout

10:15- 11:00

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown will deliver a 45 minute deep dive into ideas covered in his keynote and will leave you with several actionable items. You don’t want to miss his take on being the best at what we do.

GIS Utilization

11:45 – 12:30

Tyler Dunlap, OKIE811 GIS Applications Administrator

Check out this session to see how member facility mapping and excavator dig site mapping work together to ensure safe tickets are going to the right people. We will also share how to use Google earth for large projects and our SAE (Service Area Editor) for our members to register their assets.

Excavation Safety

11:45 – 12:30

Buddy Myers, Be Safe 

Trenching and excavating work presents serious hazards to all worksite personnel. Without proper excavation safety training, employees could fail to notice small imperfections in systems or equipment that could lead to serious complications, including cave-ins. Most workers caught in a cave-in are either seriously injured or killed. This trenching and excavation training details best practices that enhance safety on the job site. Course topics include hazard recognition, protective system requirements, and soil classification.


Kickstarting Your Culture of Inclusivity

11:45 – 12:30

James Cross, Energy Worldnet Sr.Vice President

Culture. Culture. Culture. It is one of the buzziest of buzzwords. With organizations thrust into a remote (or, at the very least, a hybrid) workplace, everyone is trying to crack the culture code these days. This session leaves you with 6 tips to walk away with action, when it comes to kickstarting your culture.

Regulatory Requirements

1:30 – 2:15

John Harper, Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Oklahoma Corporation Commission will provide an overview of the Oklahoma Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Act and what enforcement guidelines they have regarding the law.

Electric Safety

1:30 – 2:15

Greg Hambrik, Safety Training Specialist, Electric Cooperatives of Oklahoma

This training covers types of electrical injuries and protecting employees who work on or near to electrical conductors and equipment.

Unlocatable Lines

1:30 – 2:15

Mark Criswell, Damage Prevention Coordinator Summit Utilities

As an owner/operator of underground facilities your responsibility is to locate the lines for planned excavation.

Damage Reporting/Investigation

3:00 – 3:45

Tim Teel, Damage Prevention Coordinator Summit Utilities

Help! We’ve hit a utility line. Now what? We all know accidents happen no matter how hard we try to avoid them. Do you have a process in place to ensure that your personnel know what to do and how to document the accident?

Job Hazards Analysis

3:00 – 3:45

Jesse Hannah, Trainer, Adult Safety MetroTech

A job hazard analysis (JHA), also called a job safety analysis (JSA), is a technique to identify the dangers of specific tasks in order to reduce the risk of injury to workers. Once you know what the hazards are, you can reduce or eliminate them before anyone gets hurt. The JHA can also be used to investigate accidents and to train workers how to do their jobs safely. It will take a little time to do your JHAs, but it’s time well spent. Be sure to involve employees in the process — they do the work and often know the best ways to work more safely.

Heavy Equipment Safety

3:00 – 3:45

Scott Mason, Heavy Equipment Colleges of America Level II Heavy Equipment Instructor

Heavy equipment excavation has unique concerns that you need to be aware of to stay safe. Heavy equipment excavation has unique concerns that you need to be aware of to stay safe. This session will discuss:

• The greatest risk at an excavation.

• How to protect workers from cave-ins.

• Factors that pose a hazard to employees working in excavations.