New Members, Dozer Day Returns, Training Opportunities, National News, and More.
Renewals are Due for 2021 Things gets busy and invoices set aside. If you have any questions about your NUCA membership renewal, contact Sheri@nuca.com. Not a member yet??? Visit our membership page and download your application today! Join NUCA Today
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! We are happy to welcome the following new members: Copenhaver Construction Inc ACI Northwest Badger Daylighting™ Arrow Construction HD Fowler
DOZER DAY BACK IN 2021!!! The NUCA Board of Directors and Dozer Day planning committee is working with our local community health and safety departments to bring this amazing community event back safely in 2021. Stay tuned for dates & details on how you can get involved!
EDUCATION & TRAINING DIG SAFE CERTIFICATION CLASS
Friday, Feb 26th, 2021 NUCA’s “Dig-Safe Certification Program” provides training to contractors, excavators, landscapers, public works employees – anyone working with or around pipelines and underground utilities – to perform best digging practices adhering to Washington Call Before You Dig Law (RCW 19.122) that went into effect Jan 1, 2013. Students will receive a certificate and training ID good for 2 years. Topics Covered Include • Definitions (as defined by WA RCW 19.122 & ID Title 55-2202) • Washington’s Call Before You Dig Law • Excavator & Facility Operator Duties • Excavation • Underground Facility or Pipeline Damage • Safety Committee & Commission Authority • Damage Prevention & Best Practices • DIRT Reporting Take Advantage of the Online Educational Resources Through Idaho 811 & Idaho Damage Prevention Board
Addressing Our Current Workforce: Thoroughbreds, Fence-Sitters & Carp NUCA has been looking for ways to provide member benefits during these uncertain times. In partnership with "The Contractor’s Best Friend" Brad Humphrey, we're offering a LEADERSHIP AT LUNCH series of 20 minute, live Zoom call webcasts with content you'll find brief yet valuable filled with how-to advice to help contractors of any size - in any industry - improve the management and operation of their business. Brad Humphrey is a veteran construction-industry consultant who offers down-to-earth content specifically for the construction industry. Series to start Tuesday March 2nd.... Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details! NATIONAL NEWS & ADVOCACY U.S. Chamber Opens "Build By the Fourth of July" Campaign The U.S. Chamber of Commerce greeted Congress with its new infrastructure advocacy campaign. "Investing in America’s infrastructure is critical to our economic recovery, prosperity, and quality of life. The longer our elected leaders wait to pass legislation, the more our roads, highways and bridges will deteriorate," opened its website. NUCA is a Chamber member and agrees that the new 117th Congress needs to move this critical national issue to the top of its to-do list. Read more here. Senate Confirms Pete Buttigieg As New USDOT Secretary On a 86-13 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed on Feb. 2 former presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg as the new secretary for the U.S. Dept. of Transportation. Buttigieg has been an ardent advocate for increasing infrastructure resources. NUCA supported Buttigieg in the confirmation process and looks forward to working with him and his staff to prioritize water infrastructure projects across the nation. Read more here.
NUCA Opposes Increase in Truck Liability Coverage This week NUCA joined a trucker's coalition in opposing any increase in the existing minimum liability coverage mandated by federal regulations. Not only is such an increase unnecessary, it will do nothing to improve highway safety and would significantly increase costs. Increasing this coverage would affect all businesses transporting property, including those in the materials industries. Read more here. FOCUS ON SAFETY Trench Safety Stand Down: June 14-18, 2021 NUCA leadership released the dates for the next TSSD, scheduled for June 14-18, 2021. NUCA's member-wide safety stand down presents the opportunity for employers to talk directly to emplo
yees and others about safety around excavations and protecting employees from trenching hazards. This will be NUCA's eighth TSSD event (and our second June Trench Safety Month), so please mark those dates on your 2021 training calendars and plan to participate. NUCA WINS: A Best Practice in Reporting NUCA's Workplace Incident Notification System (NUCA WINS) is an incident recording app that employees' can easily operate on their mobile device to document the situation at the point-of-occurrence. In a matter of a few minutes' incidents can be easily and completely documented, including: injuries and illnesses; property, liability, and utility strikes; near misses; safety observations; and more. Learn more here.
Toolbox Talks: Protecting Employees Against the Coronavirus
NUCA has released two public Toolbox Talks for utility construction crews to use for COVID-19 prevention on the jobsite. These are ready for your crew leaders and employees to use today. English | Spanish Click here for NUCA National COVID-19 Resources
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mat Haneke, WM Winkler Concrete - President Chase Abbott, M&L Construction - Treasurer Lance Pounder, Lance Pounder Excavation - Board Member Tim Benson, NNAC Construction - Board Member Jim Majeskey, PayneWest Insurance - Board Member Todd Hickman, Norlit/JCB - Board Member
Jeremiah Prior, Northwest Bank - Board Member