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Events

Please be advised that our next Member and Board Meetings will be held on October 26, 2017 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm in the BC Hydro offices at 333 Dunsmuir Street in Vancouver.  The agenda for the day is attached.

YOU MUST RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca if you plan to attend – not only so we have numbers for lunch, but also because security will need to know you are coming or you will not be allowed in.

The Board Meeting agenda and materials can be found in the Members Area.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For companies who disturb the ground in any way, our BC Ground Disturbance Seminar is important. We all want to stop hits on underground infrastructure and keep you, the public and the environment safe.

Next Workshops (Location & Dates):

  • Tuesday November 21, 2017 ~ FortisBC, Surrey Office –> Agenda — SOLD OUT!
  • Thursday November 23, 2017 ~ Ramada Hotel, Kelowna BC –> Agenda
  • Tuesday December 5, 2017 ~ FortisBC, Surrey Office – 2nd Session

To register call Global Training Centre at 1.855.321.3211 or or online at www.globaltrainingcentre.com.  Price is $145.

Attendees will receive 0.6 CEU’s through EOCP and BC Housing CPD Points.

The 12th Annual “Bridging the Gap”Construction Safety Conference & Trade Show will be at the Italian Cultural Centre on October 26th and 27th.

Learn about:

  • Health and Safety From the WorkSafe BC Board of Directors Perspective
  • COCA – Purpose and current initiatives
  • Determining OHS Related Priorities
  • Leveraging your Influence
  • WorkSafeBC Prevention initiatives
  • Industry Guide to Navigating Risk Management
  • Traffic Control update
  • And much much more…

Register Now!

The National Energy Board (NEB) has issued a new guidance document – Damage Prevention Guidance for Municipal Operations and Maintenance Activities.

The NEB – Press Release is available.

The new guidance document is posted on the NEB website in the Safety and Environment tab, in the Damage Prevention section.

If you have any questions, please call toll free at 1-800-899-1265, or email DPinfo@neb-one.gc.ca.

WorkSafeBC has produced a new safety resource about constructing pipelines that may be of interest to your audiences.
The Pipeline Construction Inspection Guide is aimed at helping employers, owners and workers understand the key health and safety requirements for pipeline construction operations.
Alongside a glossary of terms, the guide lays out WorkSafeBC’s regulatory jurisdiction over pipelines and the specific obligations under that framework for owners, employers, prime contractors, suppliers, supervisors, and workers, as well as the relevant sections of the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
The guide also outlines the personal protective equipment (PPE) that is necessary for workers on pipeline construction projects and requirements for emergency response and first aid. Each phase of construction carries a particular set of health and safety considerations, and these are broken down in the following detailed overviews:
Pre-construction: includes falling of trees; skidding and removal of timber; clearing and stripping the right-of-way; trenching equipment and requirements; drilling, loading and blasting; mobile drills; firing procedures; and misfires;
Construction: includes mobile equipment and attachments; stringing; bending; welding; positioning; valves and fittings; pressure testing; and cleanup.
This resource is available in pdf form, or in printed infoflip format (4.23” by 8.27”), which can be ordered on worksafebc.com.

For companies who disturb the ground in any way, our BC Ground Disturbance Seminar is important. We all want to stop hits on underground infrastructure and keep you, the public and the environment safe.

Register for our upcoming Workshops:

  • Thursday November 23, 2017 ~ Ramada Hotel, Kelowna BC –> Agenda

  • Tuesday November 21, 2017 ~ FortisBC, Surrey Office –> Agenda

To register call Global Training Centre at 1.855.321.3211 or or online at www.globaltrainingcentre.com.  Price is $145.

Attendees will receive 0.6 CEU’s through EOCP.

The Capital Region Board is hosting a Regional Energy Corridors Forum for those involved in the planning, siting, acquisition and implementation of energy corridors in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.  Check out the Save the Date Energy Corridors Stakeholders Forum attachment and mark your calendars for January 23, 2018.  

Registration details will be forthcoming in the fall.

Event Start: September 19, 2017
Event End:   September 21, 2017
Location:     Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

Be a part of Canada’s unified damage prevention voice at this event that attracts members from the many Canadian organizations and associations who share the responsibility of damage prevention and public safety solutions. An excellent opportunity to network with peers across Canada and share knowledge and ideas.

Click on this YouTube video to see what to expect!

Topics under development include:

  • Ground Disturbance Standard
  • Abandoned Facility – A Panel Discussion
  • Excavating Effective Strategies
  • International Best Practices
  • Protecting the Infrastructure through Public/Private Partnerships
  • Municipal Best Practices – A Panel Discussion

For more information, and to register…http://canadiancga.com/Annual-Symposium

Applications Now Open for New BC Ground Disturbance Standard

We are pleased to announce that the we are accepting applications to access our Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (British Columbia).  Training providers in British Columbia who are looking for endorsement to the new BCCGA Ground Disturbance 201 Standard can download an application to access form here.

The Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (British Columbia) has been developed by the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) Training Standards Committee with input from stakeholders in the ground disturbance and buried facility damage prevention communities in British Columbia through the BCCGA. It defines the minimum content and student evaluation requirements for classroom and online training programs suitable for those that wish to ultimately become ground disturbance supervisors.

Note that ABCGA is managing the application and certification process on behalf of BCCGA.

More information can be found on our website.

Don your finest suits, dresses and head toppers (or just wear shorts!) and join us on Friday, August 18th at the Hastings Race Course for our first ever Racing for Safety Social Event…

…which will, undoubtedly, include Beer (for Safety).

Friday Nights at Hastings includes Live Races with live DJ!

Races start at 7:00 PM but we will meet at 6:00 PM to get good seats and grab dinner.  Enter through PNE Gate 6 or 9.

Everyone is responsible for their own entry, betting, dinner and beverages.   Wise words from the patron safety saint of the Social Committee (Don), if you plan to drink, make sure you have a safe ride home.

If you are planning to attend, let us know at cheryl@commongroundbc.ca so we know to look for you.   Or just show up and look for this guy…

Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT), Benjamin Media Inc. (BMI) and North American Society of Trenchless Technology BC Chapter (NASTT BC) are pleased to announce the 2017 Trenchless Technology Road Show.

The event will take place on September 25-27, 2017 in Richmond, BC at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

Registration is easy  http://roadshow2017.cattevents.ca/online-registration/

If you have any dealing with infrastructure in your work environment this is the course for you to understand the impacts and the toolbox of standards that can assist in navigating the complex world of infrastructure by mitigating the potential conflicts through proper use of the existing standards.

Keynote speaker is Jim Anspach, co-creator of the  ASCE 38-02.

Feedback being sought by the LMG on a one-page infographic – Draft Infographic.

The NEB is developing a one page infographic to help explain key components of the Damage Prevention Regulations.  Before publishing the document, they would appreciate your feedback on the attached draft.   All feedback sent to LMG@neb-one.gc.ca<mailto:LMG@neb-one.gc.ca> by Monday, 31 July 2017 will be considered for the final document.  The NEB appreciates you taking the time to share your feedback.

Pipeline Lifecycle Page

Also, for those of you who are not already aware, the Pipeline Lifecycle Page, which was an LMG initiative, went live on the NEB’s website at the end of May 2017.

http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/prtcptn/nfrmtn/pplnlfcycl-eng.html

One of the hurdles faced in the effective damage prevention quest is the ability to enforce and penalize. The CCGA’s damage prevention white paper acknowledges the critical importance of effective enforcement in the overall damage prevention process. Getting there, however, is an ongoing challenge.
This tragic event in Colorado illustrates those challenges.
Effective prevention is more than simply requesting a locate. It needs to capture the full damage prevention process – a challenge the CCGA set out to achieve with S-229.
History will determine whether or not we were successful but as we drafted S-229, we did our best to ‘see around corners’ and address those critical areas of governance beyond the locate request.

Plan your Work & Work your Plan.

Don’t Call, Click Before You Dig!

It’s easy, fast and you’ll never wait to speak with an agent again.

ClickBeforeYouDig.com or BConeCall.ca

Please be advised that our next Member and Board Meetings will be held on June 21, 2017 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm in the BC Hydro offices at 333 Dunsmuir Street in Vancouver.  The agenda for the day is attached (fixed the link).

YOU MUST RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca if you plan to attend – not only so we have numbers for lunch, but also because security will need to know you are coming or you will not be allowed in.

The Board Meeting agenda and materials can be found in the Members Area.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Selfie with a Grey Cup happening this Saturday!!!

Join us on location to cheer for safe excavation with the Grey Cup!

GardenWorks at 6250 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby 11 am to 3 pm  

Make sure to stop by GardenWorks, where FortisBC and BC One Call will be on location with Rock 101 to raise awareness about Call or Click Before you Dig and the importance of calling BC One Call before you dig.

Visit our booth for change to win prizes, meet the radio hosts and take a selfie with the Grey Cup.

BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist Course in Surrey at the KPU Tech Cloverdale Campus – May 29-31

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be offering the 3 day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course at KPU Tech 5500 – 180th Street, Surrey, BC.

$550+GST/per student and seats are filling up fast!

Course details can be found on the KPU web page;

If you are interested please register at the KPU website at: http://www.kpu.ca/cps/wastewater/registration

Or contact Ron at ronald.enns@kpu.ca or 604-598-6039.

The Betty Spalton Trust Fund was established in 1999 to provide financial support to individuals obtaining educations in the fields associated with the road building and heavy construction industries.  As one of the goals of this fund is to encourage diversity in the industry, preference is given to females and/or members of minority groups.  The fund honours Betty Spalton, an industry and Association leader who died after a brief illness in 1999.

The Betty Spalton scholarship is merit-based and awards the successful candidates $1,500 towards study and living expenses.

See the attached BETTY SPALTON POSTER 2017 for further details.

The Senate of Canada voted last week to adopt Bill S-229, An Act respecting underground infrastructure safety, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 following its third reading. The bill, which was introduced by Senator Grant Mitchell in September, will now proceed to the House of Commons where, if passed, it will receive Royal Assent and be made law.

“No doubt that today is a big day for the CCGA and damage prevention in Canada,” said Mike Sullivan, executive director of the CCGA. “We’ve never gotten this far in our goal to achieve damage prevention legislation.”

Inspired by the “Call or Click Before You Dig” principle, the bill will:

  • Require operators of underground infrastructure that is federally regulated or on federal land to register that infrastructure with a notification centre.
  • Require people who are planning to dig to first make a “locate request” with the relevant notification centre.
  • Require operators of underground infrastructure to respond to locate requests by either locating and marking the ground, providing a clear description of the location of the underground infrastructure in the vicinity of the proposed excavation, or providing an all clear to proceed with the excavation.

“Bill S-229 represents very positive and unique public policy,” said Senator Grant Mitchell. “This bill will significantly reduce societal, economic and business costs, and significantly enhance public safety. And, it will do this at no appreciable cost to government.

I am very pleased that S-229 was passed by the Senate with vast support from all groups. Now that the bill has been sent to the House of Commons, I trust that it will be given due consideration in order to help ensure the safety of individuals, workers and the public in proximity to excavation work, and protect the integrity Canada’s underground infrastructure.”

We are still looking for your help in supporting Bill S-229 in the House of Commons. 

Providing your support is easy to do! Follow this link to learn more.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm at:

BC Hydro – Presentation Centre
333 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC

The Agenda and Minutes from last year are available for your reference.  The agenda includes a list of Stakeholder Seats that are up for election.

Speakers include:

  • Michelle Petrusevich, Fortis BC – Communications Committee Update
  • Abigail Fulton, Construction Foundation – Learn Safe
  • Garry Wilson, WorkSafeBC – High Risk Strategy

**  Please note that members must have paid membership dues (2017) and be in attendance to be eligible to vote and/or stand for election and/or retain Board seat.

YOU MUST RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca if you plan to attend – not only so we have numbers for lunch, but also because security will need to know you are coming or you will not be allowed in.

CEPA Tree Planting Event-Port Coquitlam

The Damage Prevention and Public Awareness Work Group have sponsored Trees Canada, which has selected five locations across Canada to plant 1,250 trees. At each tree planting location, member companies will invite employees to help plant trees. Please share these invitations with your company. We have broken the event into five locations to provide opportunities for staff across Canada to participate in the event. The event includes light to moderate physical activity.

When — Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where — Cascara Park – 1214 Ellis Drive, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

View Event Summary

Please come dressed for dry or wet weather, including comfortable clothing, along with closed toe shoes, for light digging and planting of your seedlings.  The activity will run for approximately two hours.

*Please forward this invitation to members at your company*

Registration Deadline  – Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Register

The National Energy Board (NEB) is launching a one-year pilot program to make a key safety standard, known as CSA Z662 – Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems (CSA Z662), available online to the public free of charge.

CSA Z662 is incorporated by reference in the National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations (OPR) making it a regulation that applies to NEB-regulated oil and gas pipelines. It is also included in the NEB’s Filing Manual and companies must follow CSA Z662 when they submit an application for a new project. 

The pilot runs until March 2018 with the NEB covering the cost so Canadians can have full, digital access. 

https://www.canada.ca/en/national-energy-board/news/2017/04/important_pipelinesafetystandardnowpubliclyavailable.html

CSA Z662 web portal

 

The BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course will be running in Kamloops at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).  Kwantlen Polytechnic University, with permission from BCCGA, is running the ULS course and there are 5 spots left.

For more information or if you know someone who would like to take the course, please contact Ron ASAP at ronald.enns@kpu.ca or 604-598-6039.

For companies who disturb the ground in any way, our BC Ground Disturbance Seminar is important. We all want to stop hits on underground infrastructure and keep you, the public and the environment safe.

Register for our upcoming Workshops:

To register call Global Training Centre at 1.855.321.3211 or or online at www.globaltrainingcentre.com.  Price is $145.

Attendees will receive 0.6 CEU’s through EOCP.

BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist Course in Surrey at the KPU Tech Cloverdale Campus – Feb. 28 – Mar. 2

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be offering the 3 day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course this Feb. 28 – Mar. 2 at KPU Tech 5500 – 180th Street, Surrey, BC.

$550+GST/per Student and seats are filling up fast! **NOW ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT**

Course details can be found on the KPU web page; 

 If you are interested please register at the KPU website at: http://www.kpu.ca/cps/wastewater/registration

Or for more information please contact Ron at ronald.enns@kpu.ca or 604-598-6039.

The Alberta Common Ground Alliance is hosting their Dig Safe Events in Red Deer, Alberta on April 3 and 4th.

Day 1: Supervisory Level Ground Disturbance Training

Day 2: Dig Safe Conference Theme: Prioritizing Safety in Challenging Times

For more information and to register visit: www.albertacga.ca. Register for the conference before March 10th for a chance to win an early bird prize!

The BCCGA has been working with our stakeholders, the public, the provincial government, and our common ground alliance partners to protect the health and safety of our workers as well as the environment. We have been working closely with our elected officials, at all levels, to encourage the introduction of damage prevention legislation that will mandate registration of underground infrastructure with One-Call Centres and govern the damage prevention process. Some huge strides have been made in this regard, with the development and introduction of Bill S-229, The Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act, by Senator Grant Mitchell.

While Bill S-229 will only govern damage prevention requirements for federally regulated underground infrastructure, and underground infrastructure on federal lands, this is a very positive and significant step. It is our hope that the Bill will become a model for further initiatives that cover provincial and municipal lands in Alberta. It is in this regard that we ask you to reach out to our federal representatives and provincial representatives alike.

We are asking you to support Bill S-229 by engaging with your friends, family, colleagues, contacts, and elected officials by following @CanadianCGA, @DigSafeCanada and the #S229 hashtag on Twitter, and by sharing our Facebook posts (DigSafe Canada and the Canadian Common Ground Alliance).

Additionally, we ask that you take part in our letter-writing campaign by using the following letter drafts:

  1. Letter to Elected Officials and Senators from stakeholder groups
  2. Letter to Elected Officials and Senators from individual
  3. Letter to Provincial Officials
  4. Letter to be used internally with your organizations and work places
  5. Senator Mitchell article that can be used in industry publications/employee newsletters

You can find the names and email addresses for your representatives, in the list provided.

Here is a step-by-step process to help guide the letter campaign:

  1. Follow the link on item number 2 above to find the letter to the Elected Officials and Senators.
  2. Copy the text of the letter into the body of an email.
  3. Write the subject line “Federal Legislation Bill S-229”
  4. Follow this link to find the email addresses of the elected officials:  Emails for all MPs and Senators
  5. Copy and paste all email addresses for Senators and MPs as recipients of the email.
  6. BCC admin@commongroundbc.ca on your email.
  7. Follow the same steps for the letter number 3 and the distribution list for the BC MLAs.

There are instructions and quick links on this page of the CCGA website to assist your support efforts.

Thank you for helping to encourage the protection of the environment, our workers and the integrity of BC’s underground infrastructure.

Please be advised that our next Member and Board Meetings will be held on February 8, 2017 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm in the BC Hydro offices at 333 Dunsmuir Street in Vancouver.  The agenda for the day is attached.

We will be reviewing our Strategic Priorities for the next 5 years.

YOU MUST RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca if you plan to attend – not only so we have numbers for lunch, but also because security will need to know you are coming or you will not be allowed in.

The Board Meeting agenda and materials can be found in the Members Area.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ground disturbers – excavating contractors, road crews,  public works crews, landscapers, fence installers, sign companies, farmers, homeowners and anyone else who breaks ground – are invited to learn more about keeping themselves and their communities safe by following proper ground disturbance procedures.

2017 Breakfast Series:

Meet our Attendees….Exhibitor / Booth Space Available:

BCCGA has exhibitor/information booth space available for $100 plus GST. If you are interested, please email cheryl@commongroundbc.ca. Up to 130 contractors are expected, use this chance to connect with them and promote your services and products.  

We are once again pleased to submit this year’s BCCGA Report to our Members and Partners on behalf of our Board of Directors. This report provides a summary of the main successes that have taken place throughout the 2016 calendar year in relation to our strategic priorities.

We sincerely appreciate contributions from you, our volunteers, for your dedication to worker, environmental and public safety. Above all, with your support and involvement we have been successful in protecting the integrity of BC’s underground infrastructure.

From our perspective, 2016 has been another extraordinary year of advancement for the Common Ground Alliance in terms of profile, engagement and service delivery. A priority focus of our existing strategic plan is to build capacity in our organization to meet the needs of the BC excavation community. We do this by concentrating effort in three main areas:

(1) raising the awareness of risk when individuals and companies are conducting ground disturbance of any kind;

(2) educating excavators of their obligations under the law and their responsibility as it pertains to the rules set by utilities and underground facility operators; and

(3) the educating and promoting of the best practices that excavators should employ in order to reduce the number of hits to underground infrastructure and to keep workers and the general public safe.

In all of these areas, we feel that we made a significant difference.

We also want to take this opportunity to wish all of our stakeholders a wonderful and safe holiday season. Hope to see you all in the New Year!

Burnaby, BC, December 8, 2016– The BC One Call (BCOC) Board of Directors issued an RFP for a contact centre services provider in June 2016 and is very pleased to advise they have awarded the contract to Alberta One Call (AOC) October 7, 2016. BCOC contact centre operations will continue to be provided out of the existing Burnaby office, and management of those operations will be taken over by AOC as of December 21, 2016.

Customers in BC can expect to see positive changes almost immediately in the way services are delivered. A new web portal will provide an updated and efficient way to submit locate requests on-line; giving excavators the opportunity to attach sketches and other documentation to their requests. The online process will be supported through user training, ‘How To’ documentation and new Online Chat services.

Fax submissions will be phased out as of January 1, 2017.  BCOC will reach out to frequent fax users to guide them through the transition to web submission. A manual fax process will be available during the transition period for those needing more time to adjust internal processes.

Agents in the contact centre will take on new roles and responsibilities – including being available to members and excavators through a Support role. New phone menu options and info@bconecall.bc.ca will provide system users with direct access to the assistance they need.

Alberta One Call is looking forward to working with the BCOC staff to create a successful partnership with all damage prevention stakeholders across BC.

News Release – Dec 8, 2016

BC One Call – New Service Provider FAQ – Dec 8, 2016

 

Bill S-229 has moved to the Committee stage! It will now be studied by the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Senator Richard Neufeld’s made a speech in support of Bill S-229. –>
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/Sen/Chamber/421/Debates/083db_2016-12-06-e.htm#43

See the full agenda and register for our BC Ground Disturbance Seminar NOW!

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Booth space is available too!  Contact Global Training Centre for details.

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Join BCCGA for their annual Christmas cheer at the Enchant Christmas Market! http://enchantchristmas.com/christmas-market. 

  • Date: Thursday, December 8
  • Time: 5:00 PM
  • Location: Enchant Christmas Market, W 1st Ave & Crowe Street (Between Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village), Vancouver, BC.

Walking distance from the Olympic Village Skytrain Station 

Plenty of food/beverage options are available

Please RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca if you are coming so we know to look for you (we missed a few people last year and don’t want a repeat!)

The Christmas Market fee is $5.00. There is the option to visit world’s largest Christmas Light Maze for an additional fee–> http://enchantchristmas.com/event-info/.

Webinar on BCIT Computing Student Projects – How to Get Students Working for You?

Thursday, November 24, 2016 – 11:00 – 11:45 am PST

Think you might have a good IT or software development project for BCIT Computing students and want to learn more about what’s involved?   Join BCIT for this webinar which will cover:

  • overview of Industry Sponsored Student Projects (ISSPs)
  • sponsor responsibilities and what to expect
  • ideal student projects and past examples

The online presentation will be followed by Q & A with a faculty mentor.

Info on the ISSP: www.bcit.ca/cas/issp

Senator Mitchell rose in the Senate October 4, 2016 and moved the second reading of Bill S-229. Click Here to read his speech. 

You can read more about information about the status of the bill from the Canadian Common Ground Alliance. Click Here to read a recent news release.

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Encourage Your Elected Officials to Support Bill S-299

Help protect our environment and keep our workers safe in the coming weeks by stepping up and joining our member organizations and individuals in encouraging our elected officials to support this important bill and promote the adoption of safe excavation practices across BC and Canada.

Members will receive further information about how you can help in the coming days. 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be offering the 3 day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course this November 15, 16 & 17 at KPU Tech 5500 – 180th Street, Surrey, BC.

$550+GST/per Student and seats are filling up fast!

Course details can be found on the KPU web page; 

 If you are interested please register at the KPU website at: http://www.kpu.ca/cps/wastewater/registration

Or for more information please contact Ron at ronald.enns@kpu.ca or 604-598-6039. Thank you.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be offering the 3 day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course this November 15,16 & 17 at KPU Tech 5500 – 180th Street, Surrey, BC.

Course details can be found on the EOCP web link at: http://www.trainingregistry.eocp.ca/get/showCourseDetails.php?CourseNum=8240

 If you are interested please register at the KPU website at: http://www.kpu.ca/cps/wastewater/registration or for more information please contact Ron at ronald.enns@kpu.ca or 604-598-6039.

The 11th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference & Trade Show targeted at Construction Safety will be held on October 27th and 28th at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver.

Register Now!

The Canadian Common Ground Alliance harmonized Best Practices version 2.0 was launched at the CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium on October 19th.

We will be getting a limited number of printed copies, but if you are interested in an electronic version, click here!

2015 Gas Code Training is available through BC Safety Authority (BCSA) this Fall. There are 3 options to choose from: 

1.    Online videos

Cost: Free

Available through BCSA’s Online Learning Centre (learn.safetyauthority.ca) end of September

Video Features: Choose which modules to watch, or watch them all, can view at your own pace and re-visit modules

2.    Online course

Cost: $99.00

Available through BCSA’s Online Learning Centre (learn.safetyauthority.ca) end of September

Course Features: Certificate of completion, BCSA safety officer support, interactive course modules, can complete at your own pace 

3.    Live Training Session

Cost: $199.00

Available in various locations throughout BC starting November. Visit our online learning centre (learn.safetyauthority.ca) for a complete list of dates and to register

Course Features: Facilitated by BCSA safety officer, 100% discount code for the 2015 Gas code online course, question and answer period, network with members of the gas community in your area

 

If you have any questions regarding Gas code training, please email learning@safetyauthority.ca

Please click THIS LINK to read Senator Mitchell’s speech delivered this past Tuesday in the Senate.

BCCGA will be hosting a forum with Senator Mitchell and Mike Sullivan from the Canadian CGA onOctober 12th in Vancouver at the Morris J. Wosk Centre of Dialogue, Room 420 at 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1L6.

YOU MUST RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca if you plan to attend.

For more information about the Act or the next steps  –> CLICK HERE

In addition, the Fall issue of the Damage Prevention Professional features an article recognizing Senator Grant Mitchell and his efforts to enact damage prevention legislation governing federally regulated underground infrastructure across Canada. 

The link to the article recognizing Senator Mitchell is here: http://tinyurl.com/gowwakl

Congratulations to the Integrated Water Services division at the Capital Regional District for winning the City of Excellence Gold Standard award for the second year in a row. 

This group of workers has ensured worker and public safety through excellent ground disturbance practices in and around underground infrastructure.

 CRD held a recognition barbecue recently to congratulate the workers for their efforts in safety.

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Following several months of review with stakeholders, including a transparent comment period in early 2016, the Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act was tabled by Senator Grant Mitchell in the Senate on September 29, 2016.

BCCGA will be hosting a forum with Senator Mitchell and Mike Sullivan from the Canadian CGA on October 12th in Vancouver at the Morris J. Wosk Centre of Dialogue, Room 420 at 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1L6.

YOU MUST RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca if you plan to attend.

For more information about the Act or the next steps  –> CLICK HERE

Please be advised that our next Member and Board Meetings will be held on October 12, 2016 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm in the Morris J. Wosk Centre of Dialogue, Room 420 at 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1L6.   The agenda for the day is attached.

From 1 pm until 4 pm Senator Grant Mitchell and CCGA Executive Director Mike Sullivan will be presenting anticipated federal legislation around underground safety for discussion.

YOU MUST RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca if you plan to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Western Canada 2015 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report provides detailed analyses and recommendations pertaining to the submitted buried asset damage event reports in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

DIRT is the result of the efforts of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) to gather meaningful data regarding the occurrence of buried asset damage events. An event is defined by the CGA DIRT User’s Guide as “the occurrence of downtime, damages, and near misses.” DIRT allows industry stakeholders to submit data anonymously to a comprehensive database that is used to analyze the factors leading to events.

This combined DIRT report is the second annual report for Western Canada.  For 2015, 4,563 events were submitted, with the majority of the events (58%) reported in Alberta. This represents an overall decline of 365 events, or approximately 7.4%, over 2014. Declines were experienced in Alberta and British Columbia, while the number of reported incidents in Saskatchewan increased due to an increased focus on reporting.

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The CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium is less than 2 months away….Register Now!

The Fourth Annual Canadian Common Ground Alliance Damage Prevention Symposium will return to beautiful Banff, Alberta, October 18-20, 2016, including a keynote address by Rex Murphy!

This event will focus on critical issues specific to Canadian stakeholders, providing an excellent opportunity to network with peers across Canada. Some of the session topics include:

  • Laying the Damage Prevention Foundation for Federally-Regulated Buried Infrastructure
  • Creating a Culture Around Digging Safety
  • Other Ways to Protect What’s Underground: Locating Practices in Different Region.

If you have any questions, contact Liz at lizm@infrastructureresources.net or call 866.279.7755.

Register Now >>

Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of BC and Kwantlen Polytechnic University are hosting the next Utility Locator Specialist Course.

The first responsibility of anyone involved in ground disturbance projects is to locate and mark the location of buried pipes, cables, etc. BC’s extensive underground utility infrastructure requires accuracy and planning. A proper locate will ensure that you maintain safe working distances and will allow you to complete your project in a safe and timely manner, saving you costly downtime and project delays.

The Utility Locator Specialist Course is a technical training program for individuals wanting to obtain introductory level training in underground utility locating.  The program was developed & supported by BC Construction Safety Alliance, WorkSafeBC, BC Safety Authority, BC Common Ground Alliance and BC Municipal Safety Association who saw the need to set a standard in utility locating instruction, and to provide the province with training that is tailored to BC workers.

For more information and registration: https://icba.simplesignup.ca/1763

Your Opinion Matters!

The National Energy Board has brought new Damage Prevention Regulations into law and are asking Canadians for input into the engagement strategies that would be the best ways to reach relevant parties about these new Regulations.

As part of these efforts, the National Energy Board (NEB) has launched a brief survey for Canadians to submit their feedback on engagement tools, methods of outreach and key messages. The feedback that is received will help inform the NEB on its engagement strategy.

This questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will be online until September 30, 2016. The results will be published on the NEB’s Damage Prevention web page on November 1, 2016.

Begin the survey

If you are unable to access the questionnaire electronically or require a paper copy, please email the NEB at DPinfo@neb-one.gc.ca.

Link:  http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/sftnvrnmnt/dmgprvntn/dmgprvntntrch-eng.html

Racing for Safety Social Event – August 26th, Hastings Raceway, Vancouver – rsvp to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca

Fourth Annual Canadian Common Ground Alliance Damage Prevention SymposiumOctober 18-20, Banff, Alberta

11th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference & Trade ShowOctober 27th and 28th, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver

Don your finest suits, dresses and head toppers (or just wear shorts!) and join us on Friday, August 26th at the Hastings Race Course for our first ever Racing for Safety Social Event…

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…which will, undoubtedly, include Beer (for Safety).

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Friday Nights at Hastings includes Live Races with live DJ!

Races start at 7:00 PM but we will meet at 6:00 PM to get good seats and grab dinner.  Enter through PNE Gate 6 or 9.

Everyone is responsible for their own entry, dinner and beverages.   Wise words from the patron safety saint of the Social Committee (Don), if you plan to drink, make sure you have a safe ride home.

If you are planning to attend, let us know at cheryl@commongroundbc.ca so we know to look for you.   Or just show up and look for this guy…

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CSA Group will be developing a standard on Land Use Planning for Pipelines starting this fall and is outreaching to all stakeholders to gauge interest in participating on a new CSA Committee.

A CSA workshop was held on May 26, 2016, to discuss this topic and gather information and valuable feedback so that a decision could be made on a path forward.  The Executive Summary of this workshop is attached to this email for you to read. The main outcome from the workshop was that there is a need for a standard and we are now expanding our outreach across Canada to engage with those key stakeholders impacted by this topic.

Over the next few months I will be holding several pre-consultation meetings across Canada to meet with interested parties to discuss the outcomes of the workshop, gaps identified, other potential inclusions, CSA standards development process (time commitment, schedule, development process etc.) and to confirm membership on the CSA committee.

Below is a tentative schedule for the pre-consultations:

August

BC (Vancouver/Surrey)

September

AB (Calgary/Edmonton), SK (Saskatoon)

October

East Coast (TBD)

 If you are interested in participating and would like to be part of the pre-consultation meetings or would like to be contacted via phone for further discussions please respond by email  to sue.capper@csagroup.org before August 12th so that arrangements can be made. 

Please feel free to distribute this information internally or externally to other stakeholders that may be interested. 

For more information on the workshop and future development of the standard, including a draft project schedule, please visit the CSA website page

The summer 2016 edition of the Damage Prevention Professional (DPP), with a bunch of Canadian content, is now available. 

 The following Canadian articles appear in the DPP:

  1. Federal One Call Legislation – a Step towards New Provincial Legislation (BC focused article)
  2. A half-page advertisement for the CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium (lower half of page X)
  3. CCGA Best Practices
  4. Alberta Fires Appeal – Fort McMurray Fires
  5. A double-page spread advertising the CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium (pages 26 and 27)
  6. Alberta One-Call Rolls out the DigSafe Ambassador Pilot Program
  7. From the Ground Up: The Evolution of the Canadian Common Ground Alliance

Enjoy the read and please share / promote the magazine with your respective contacts, associations and organizations.

Please note for your calendars –> we have invited Senator Mitchell to our October meeting and he is not available on October 5th so we have moved the meeting to October 12th.  Location will be determined.

Event Start: October 18, 2016
Event End:   October 20, 2016
Location:     Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta

This event will focus on critical issues specific to Canadian stakeholders. This is an excellent opportunity to network with your peers from across Canada and share knowledge and ideas.

Sessions covering multiple topics including:

  • Simplified Access to One Call Centres and the Damage Prevention Process

  • Best Practice Harmonization

  • Damage Prevention Legislation and Meaningful Enforcement

For more information – CLICK HERE

The Government of Canada has set up a Ministerial Panel to hear from Canadians on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. As part of these engagement efforts, the Government of Canada has launched an online questionnaire for Canadians to submit their feedback on the project. The feedback that the Ministerial Panel receives will help inform the Government’s final decision on the project, expected later this year.

This questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will be online HERE until September 30, 2016.

Responses will be provided to the three-member Panel who will be submitting a report to the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, by November 2016.

BC One Call Limited is a not-for-profit corporation established for the purposes of increasing public and worker safety, and reducing damage to underground infrastructure within the province of British Columbia.

BC One Call is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to obtain a contact centre operator that will be the primary delivery channel for BC One Call’s services to its members. The contract with the current service provider will expire on December 31, 2016. The successful applicant will be required to be fully operational by that time to ensure a smooth transition.

Letter from Gary Metz of BC One Call

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Note that BCCGA and BC One Call are separate entities and we are sharing this RFP as a courtesy.  Any questions or comments should be directed to BC One Call directly per the instructions in the attached RFP.

As of 19 June 2016 the National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Parts I & II are repealed and are replaced  by the National Energy Board Regulations for Pipeline Damage Prevention which come into force on 19 June 2016. Please find attached the following documents:

•             All Parties Notification Letter

•             Damage Prevention Regulations – 19 June 2016

Please be advised that our next Member and Board Meetings will be held on June 22, 2016 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm in the BC Hydro offices at 333 Dunsmuir Street in Vancouver.  The agenda for the day is attached.

We have two special presentations ~ Bryce Jaspers of OX Equipment will be doing a presentation on new suction excavation technology and Don Schouten of WorkSafeBC will be providing an update on regulatory guidelines for One Call.

YOU MUST RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca if you plan to attend – not only so we have numbers for lunch, but also because security will need to know you are coming or you will not be allowed in.

The Board Meeting agenda and materials can be found in the Members Area.

We look forward to seeing you there.

BC Safety Authority’s 2015 Annual Report has been published, and we invite you to have a read. This report provides an overview of BCSA’s operational and financial performance in relation to targets set in the organization’s 2016-2018 Business Plan  and in alignment with BCSA’s 10-Year Strategy.

BCSA’s programs and projects for 2015 included:

  • Enhancements to the MyConnection online client service portal
  • Introduction of fact sheets, a pilot initiative to connect clients with their own safety knowledge and equipment information
  • Delivery of 84 education events for clients
  • Introduction of alternative channels for clients to connect and transact with us
  • Introduction of new incident investigation reporting templates for better data and quality management
  • Documentation of 45,127 hazard assessments
  • Identification of 1,550 unpermitted worksites in the gas and electrical technologies
  • Distribution of 11 electronic newsletters for clients and sharing 19 new safety insights

The BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course will be running on June 8, 9 & 10th in Kamloops at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).  Kwantlen Polytechnic University, with permission from BCCGA, is running the 3 day ULS course and there are a few spots left.

For more information or if you know someone who would like to take the course, please contact Ron ASAP at ronald.enns@kpu.ca or 604-598-6039. Thank you.

The BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course will be running on June 8, 9 & 10th in Kamloops (Location TBA). Kwantlen Polytechnic University, with permission from BCCGA, is running the ULS course and there are 7 spots left.

For more information or if you know someone who would like to take the course, please contact Ron ASAP at ronald.enns@kpu.ca or 604-598-6039. Thank you.

Data informs nearly every aspect of BCCGA’s operations and industry recommendations. From the formation and publication of our Best Practices manual to public awareness efforts, BCCGA’s Data Reporting & Evaluation program touches every aspect of damage prevention. The program collects critical information, allows us to analyze the numbers and produce targeted recommendations to damage prevention stakeholders about how to best protect buried facilities.

The Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT, www.cga-dirt.com) allows stakeholders to submit underground damage and near-miss reports through a completely secure, private web application. Using information submitted through the tool each year, BCCGA publishes an annual report (the DIRT Report).

We are hoping to be able to further strengthen the value of the report’s conclusions and recommendations by including as many reporters and incidents as possible.  We need your help!

Please take the time to enter your data into DIRT on the DIRT Website.

If you need any help, please email us at info@commongroundbc.ca and we will do what we can to assist you.

We are pleased to share with you the BC Safety Authority’s 2015 State of Safety Report, a comprehensive overview of BCSA’s activities and information analysis, including data on installation and operating assessments, incident investigations, as well as research and enforcement activities.  The report is designed to help people understand technical trends and use the knowledge to make informed safety decisions.

In addition to summarizing information on installation and operating permits, physical assessments, and incident investigations, BCSA’s 2015 State of Safety Report also highlights longer-term trends on specific types of incidents such as uncontrolled refrigerant ammonia releases, carbon monoxide leaks, elevator levelling, and passenger ropeway (e.g., ski lift) deropements.

This year’s report also includes information on hazards found by their safety officers during physical assessments, and unpermitted work discovered by BCSA.

Registration Now Open!

Dates: October 18-20, 2016

Location: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta

Registration is LIMITED

The fourth annual Canadian Common Ground Alliance Damage Prevention Symposium is returning to beautiful Banff, Alberta. Meet with fellow industry stakeholders to discuss critical issues affecting Canada’s buried infrastructure. This is a great opportunity to attend educational sessions, meet with exhibitors that can assist your damage prevention efforts, and network with some of the top industry decision-makers in one of the premier Canadian venues. 

More info Here>>

BC Safety Authority is hosting its 2nd Electrical Conference in Langley June 8th Protective Equipment – How Codes & Regulations are Keeping Us Safe. A variety of guest speakers are joining us, including:

  • Jeff Bosch (Littelfuse)
  • Bill Simpson (on behalf of CSA)
  • Sunny Ghataurah (AES Engineering)
  • Ark Tsisserev (AES Engineering)

We will also have a variety of members from the Electrical industry hosting exhibitor booths. We are looking at bringing in more exhibitors and I was wondering if you had contacts at either BC Hydro and/or FortisBC that I could reach out to?

For more information and to view the registration page, click link below:

https://2016bcsaelectricalconference.eventbrite.ca

The cost for attending the conference is $75 – $100 and includes:

  • Gift bags
  • Lunch & Refreshments
  • Chance to win one of our grand prizes
  • Networking opportunities with BCSA employees and industry experts

April 27, 2016 – BCCGA Executive Director Dave Baspaly & M.J. Whitemarsh, Senior Consultant, were acknowledged in the BC Legislature’s Gallery today as the Members were told that  April is Dig Safe Month across Canada and here in BC – a campaign reminding us to ‘CLICK or ‘CALL’ Before You Dig supported by the BC Common Ground Alliance.

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On behalf of Public Works and Government Services Canada:

Are you interested in supplying or subcontracting with the federal government? Have you had issues obtaining an appropriate security clearance?

You’re invited to attend a free Security Clearance information session hosted by The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate. These sessions will be held in the following locations throughout BC:

These Contract Security Workshops have been created to teach you what you need to know and most importantly, what you need to do, when your organization is considering bidding on a government contract that has security requirements.

The Contract Security Workshops are being offered to you at no cost. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs. Registrants will receive more information on the training location and the agenda of the session as the date approaches.

For more information on the Contract Security Program, please visit http://ssi-iss.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

We look forward to your participation.

Thank you,

Rodnie Allison
Policy Analyst, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Strategic Engagement
Public Works and Government Services Canada / Government of Canada
Rodnie.Allison@PWGSC.GC.CA / Tel: 604-666-0413 / TTY: 1-800-926-9105

The BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course will be running on April 26, 27 & 28th at the CLAC Training Centre in Langley. Kwantlen Polytechnic University, with permission from BCCGA, is running the first ULS course and there are 6 spots left.

For more information or if you know someone who would like to take the course, please contact Ron ASAP at ronald.enns@kpu.ca or 604-598-6039. Thank you.

  • Abbotsford on April 19th —  Register online here!  Deadline is April 17th.
  • Naniamo on April 22nd — Register online here!  Deadline is April 20th.
  • Steve Howe will be speaking about his experience at both events.
  • EECOL Electric & Radiodetection Underground Utilities Locate Systems will be conducting “The Fundamentals of Underground Utilities, Cable and Pipe Locating Workshop”immediately following the free industry led Contractor Breakfast. For registration, go to the EECOL Electric website.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on April 20, 2016  from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm at:

BC Hydro – Presentation Centre
333 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC

The Agenda and Minutes from last year are available for your reference.  The agenda includes a list of Stakeholder Seats that are up for election.

Speakers include:

  • Rick Lake, Western Leakage Services
  • Michelle Petrusevich & Ian Turnbull, FortisBC
  • ICI Society

**  Please note that members must have paid membership dues (2016) and be in attendance to be eligible to vote and/or stand for election and/or retain Board seat.

YOU MUST RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca if you plan to attend – not only so we have numbers for lunch, but also because security will need to know you are coming or you will not be allowed in.

Beer for Safety

The Social Committee would also like to invite you to join them for the next instalment of BCCGA Beer for Safety at Mahony & Sons – 601 Stamps Landing (South side of False Creek just west of Cambie Bridge) in Vancouver at 5 pm following the AGM on April 20th.  There will be a Group Reservation under BCCGA.

We will pick up a few appies…Wise words from the patron safety saint of the Social Committee (Don), if you drink, bring your wallet and make sure you have a safe ride home.

On April 28, 2016, WorkSafeBC, the BC Federation of Labour, and the Business Council of British Columbia will co-host an annual Day of Mourning ceremony in downtown Vancouver at Jack Poole Plaza.

Day of Mourning ceremonies have been held across the country ever since the Canadian Labour Congress initiated a national Day of Mourning ceremony on April 28, 1984. This unique public memorial offers an opportunity to honour the memories of co-workers, friends, and family members who have lost their lives to workplace injury and disease, and to collectively renew our commitment to create safer workplaces in British Columbia.

As part of this year’s ceremony, we invite you to join our guests and family members of fatally injured workers to hear presentations from the following participants:

  • Scott McCloy, Director, Government, Community and Media Relations, WorkSafeBC
  • John Beckett, chair and public interest representative, WorkSafeBC Board of Directors
  • Irene Lanzinger, President, British Columbia Federation of Labour
  • Greg D’Avignon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of British Columbia
  • Matthew Bowcott, injured worker
  • Mary-Jaye Salmon, daughter of fatally injured worker

Date:            Thursday, April 28, 2016

Time:            10:30 – 11:15 am (the Olympic Cauldron will be lit at 10 am)

Location:           Vancouver Convention Centre

Jack Poole Plaza (On the waterfront, behind the Olympic Cauldron)

1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C.

Parking:        Available at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Fairmont Pacific Rim, or Pan Pacific Hotel

Vancouver Invite ~ 2016

DigSafe-Resize-English-01April 2016 is once again be National DigSafe Month, the time of year when all Common Ground Alliance stakeholders come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners call before they dig and follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages.

April is here!  Help us to promote DigSafe Month.

Attend and help us promote our FREE Contractor Breakfasts…

  • Abbotsford on April 19th —  Register online here!  Deadline is April 17th.
  • Naniamo on April 22nd — Register online here!  Deadline is April 20th.
  • Steve Howe will be speaking about his experience at both events.
  • EECOL Electric & Radiodetection Underground Utilities Locate Systems will be conducting “The Fundamentals of Underground Utilities, Cable and Pipe Locating Workshop”immediately following the free industry led Contractor Breakfast. For registration, go to the EECOL Electric website.

Visit Mark’s Workwear for your Free Work Gloves…

Mark’s Workwear / l’Equipeur is promoting DigSafe month and the critical importance of placing a locate request through ClickBeforeYouDig.com, Canada’s only “one-window” national locate portal, prior to every ground disturbance – and is offering a pair of free work gloves (approx $20 value) with every purchase of $75 or more. 

Everyone is eligible! Just go to DigSafeCanada.ca and print the coupon!

This event is Canada’s very first national damage prevention promotion. Beyond this promotion, Mark’s is following DigSafeCanada on Twitter and supporting our outreach by retweeting our messages. We urge all of you to following Mark’s and DigSafe Canada on twitter so as well (https://twitter.com/marksCanada).

About Marks Workwear:

Mark’s has over 380 stores across Canada and is well-known for its safety apparel.

Promote Safe Digging Month on websites and email…

Help us promote National DigSafe Month by including our website banner on your website or emails for the month of April.

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Please share this message with all of your members, customers and contacts…

REGISTER NOW!

We want to buy you breakfast!

Anyone planning to dig, anywhere in the province—excavating contractors, road crews, landscapers, fence installers, sign companies, farmers and homeowners—should know how to dig safely and avoid costly repairs to underground utilities.

Your safety is our top priority. BC Common Ground Alliance, Fortis BC, Kinder Morgan Canada and other operators of buried facilities invite you and your crews to a FREE contractors’ breakfast, where we will share important safety information, along with a hot breakfast and prizes.

Where?  

  • Ramada Plaza Abbotsford Hotel & Conference Centre on Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  • Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Featuring Guest Speaker – Steve HoweIMG_1972

In 2006, while working as a Senior Operator Faller, Steve Howe suffered a devastating, near-fatal workplace injury. As part of the Kiewit Corporate Safety team, Steve now shares his story of survival and spreads the message about working safely, including:

  • identifying your “comfortable moments”
  • staying in the moment
  • refusing to do unsafe work
  • never taking shortcuts
  • never deviating from the plan

Registration and hot breakfast starts at 6:30

Presentation starts at 7:00 am

Door prizes at 8:30 am

If you are involved with ground disturbance in any way, you and your whole crew should be at this free breakfast event!

Spread the word about this special meeting for all excavators.  Bring your whole team! – you don’t need to be a BCCGA member to attend.

Register Now for Abbotsford!                      Register Now for Nanaimo!

Meet our Attendees….Exhibitor / Booth Space Available:

BCCGA has exhibitor/information booth space available for $100 plus GST. If you are interested, please email cheryl@commongroundbc.ca. At least 200 contractors are expected, use this chance to connect with them and promote your services and products.

The Fundamentals of Underground Utility Locating – Free Seminar:

Immediately following each of the breakfasts, our sponsors, Radiodetection Underground Utilities Locate Systems & EECOL Electric, will provide a workshop on “The Fundamentals of Underground Utility Locating.”

Separate registration is required for this free session.  Register Now!

Please post our poster in your workplace for Abbotsford or Nanaimo!

Registration is now LIVE for the BC Construction Safety Alliance May 3, 2016 Vancouver Regional Event. 

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Date: Tuesday May 3, 2016

Time: 7:30am – 9:00am (registration opens at 6:30am with hot buffet breakfast being served at 7:00am)

Location: Trev Deeley Motorcycles – 1875 Boundary Road, Vancouver BC

The direct link to the registration page is: https://www.bccsa.ca/index.php?id=308

The Pipeline Safety Act (Bill C-46) received royal assent on18 June 2015, and makes amendments to the National Energy Board Act (NEB Act) that will be in force within one year. Due to the Pipeline Safety Act amendments to the NEB Act (sections 2 and 112), the NEB must update its regulations for pipeline damage prevention.

The proposed Regulations for Pipeline Damage Prevention are published in the Canada Gazette Part I. Vol. 150, No. 12, pages 813 to 854 for a 30-day comment period, with written comments to be submitted by 18 April 2016.

Further Information – Proposed NEB DPRs.

I am pleased to inform you that the second draft of the Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act (previously Bill S-233) has been released for comment. The comment period is 25 calendar days; closingUnderground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act (previously Bill S-233)

Click HERE for the CCGA News Posting in English.

Click HERE for the CCGA News Posting en français.

Please circulate to all of your association members and coordinate / consolidate feedback using the links to the forms (English and French) provided within the CCGA news postings.

This is your last opportunity to provide comment on this legislation.

Mike Sullivan
Executive Director – CCGA

Thanks to Steve Howe for speaking to our members and guests at our annual Contractors Breakfasts in Vancouver and Kamloops.  Steve’s story and his message about workplace safety was incredibly compelling.  Thank you to attendees for coming!

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Steve was interviewed by the Journal of Commerce following the Contractor Breakfast in Vancouver.  See the video HERE.

We have a number of resources available on our website:

Thanks and have a safe day!

April 4, 2016:  Supervisory Level Ground Disturbance Training
Sheraton Hotel, Red Deer – 
ONLY 60 SEATS AVAILABLE

April 5, 2016: Dig Safe Conference
Theme: Speak up, we’re listening
Keynote Speaker: Sheldon Kennedy
Sheraton Hotel, Red Deer

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Register Now!

Please share this message with all of your members, customers and contacts…

REGISTER NOW!

We want to buy you breakfast!

High voltage lines, oil and gas pipelines, water, sewer and fiber optics lines lie in vast networks underground. The consequences of damage to buried infrastructure can be devastating. BCCGA and operators of these buried facilities invite you and your crews to a FREE contractors breakfast, where they will share important safety information, along with a hot breakfast and prizes.

Featuring Guest Speaker – Steve Howe

In 2006, while working as a Senior Operator, Steve suffered a devastating, near-fatal work place injury. Steve understands how he had become complacent. As part of the Kiewit Corporate Safety team, Steve spreads his message of survival, emphasizing the importance of working safely. Hear his unique story where he will share the importance of:

•           Identifying your “comfortable moments”
•           Staying in the moment
•           Refusing to do unsafe work
•           Never taking shortcuts
•           Never deviating from the plan

Registration and hot breakfast starts at 6:30

Presentation starts at 7:00 am

Door prizes at 8:30 am

If you are involved with ground disturbance in any way, you and your whole crew should be at this free breakfast event!

Vancouver – February 16, 2016 –> Register Now for Vancouver!

Kamloops – February 18, 2016 –> Register Now for Kamloops!

 

The Fundamentals of Underground Utility Locating – Free Seminar:

Special offer from one of the sponsors – immediately following the breakfast, Radiodetection Underground Utilities Locate Systems & EECOL Electric will be providing a free workshop “The Fundamentals of Underground Utility Locating.”  Locate Seminar Invite Vancouver 01-16

Please register for your free seat here for this session (please note separate registration required)  –> Register Now for Vancouver or Kamloops!  

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Enform is seeking industry feedback on its draft publication, Ground Disturbance and Damage Prevention: A Program Development Guide.

This document replaces the Drilling and Completions Committee (DACC) Sanctioned Ground Disturbance and Damage Prevention IRP Volume 17 (2009). The guideline provides a minimum standard for conducting ground disturbance activities in close proximity to buried facilities.

The goal of this guideline is to prevent damage to all buried facilities. It will provide information for, but not limited to:

 *   buried facility owners

 *   ground disturbers

 *   others involved in the ground disturbance process (regulators, one-call centres, locators)

The Ground Disturbance and Damage Prevention: A Program Development Guide  is available at the Enform website.

This guideline is under Industry Review until April 4, 2016.  If you would like to provide feedback, email safety@enform.ca with the subject line, “Feedback – Ground Disturbance and Damage Prevention: A Program Development Guide”.  Include your full contact information, company, and position held. Please keep your comments specific.

The “Comment and Feedback” matrix for Bill S-233 that has been under development since November 2015 was completed earlier today and posted to the CCGA website.

You can view the News Bulletin and link to the matrix HERE.   Please share it with your respective members.

Version 2 of Bill S-233 will be posted to the CCGA website in the coming weeks followed by a 25 day comment period.  All BCCGA members are encouraged to engage in the process and provide feedback at that time.

Please be advised that our next Member and Board Meetings will be held on January 27, 2016 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm in the BC Hydro offices at 333 Dunsmuir Street in Vancouver.  The agenda for the day is attached.

We have one special presentation ~ Mike Sullivan from Canadian Common Ground Alliance will provide an update on activities at a National level and Bill S-233.

YOU MUST RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca if you plan to attend – not only so we have numbers for lunch, but also because security will need to know you are coming or you will not be allowed in.

The Board Meeting agenda and materials can be found in the Members Area.

We look forward to seeing you there.

We are pleased to present this year’s ‘BCCGA Report to our Members and Partners’ on behalf of our Board of Directors. This report provides a summary of the main successes that have taken place throughout the 2015 calendar year in relation to our strategic priorities.

From our perspective, 2015 has been another extraordinary year of advancement for the Common Ground Alliance in terms of profile, engagement and service delivery. A priority focus of our existing strategic plan is to build capacity in our organization to meet the needs of the BC excavation community. We do this by concentrating effort in three main areas:

(1) raising the awareness of risk when individuals and companies are conducting ground disturbance of any kind;

(2) educating excavators of their obligations under the law and their responsibility as it pertains to the rules set by utilities and underground facility operators; and

(3) the educating and promoting of the best practices that excavators should employ in order to reduce the number of hits to underground infrastructure and to keep workers and the general public safe.

In all of these areas, we feel that we made a significant difference.  Read our 2015 BCCGA Report to Members for more details.

We also want to take this opportunity to wish all of our stakeholders a wonderful and safe holiday season. Hope to see you all in the New Year!

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After several weeks of conference calls with Parliamentary Counsel and Kyle Johnston, Senator Mitchell’s Legislative Assistant on Bill S-233, which died on paper this year when the federal government called for the elections, we are very close to releasing responses to comments and feedback received during the consultation process on the Bill. We still have a couple of minor points to clarify but once those are addressed, the Bill will be revised accordingly with new language. As you know, Senator Mitchell intends to table a new version of the bill, which will have taken into account comments received by stakeholders.  

In an effort to be as transparent as possible, a new draft version of the Bill will be circulated after the release of those responses to the CCGA Board of Directors (all info will also be posted to the CCGA website). At that time, Directors will be requested to channel the correspondence to their respective stakeholders for a second round of comments. Once the second comment period has closed (beginning of March), the Bill S-233 Team will resume the same process we are completing with this first round; revising the 2nd version of the Bill accordingly and posting version 3 of the Bill to the CCGA website. This 3rd version will not be circulated for comment. Rather, it will go to Senator Mitchell to commence the process of re-tabling the Bill in Parliament.

Regards,

Mike Sullivan
Executive Director – CCGA

For your calendars, we have scheduled our 2016 BCCGA Member / Board meetings as follows:

  • January 27
  • April 20 (Annual General Meeting and Board Seat elections)
  • June 22 and 
  • October 5th

Raj Sharma of BC Hydro has graciously offered a meeting space at the BC Hydro offices at Dunsmuir and Homer. There is a security process that requires me to provide them with a list of who is coming and then you have to sign in and leave id with the security desk, so as a heads up RSVPing will be important.  We will provide additional directions closer to the date of the meetings.

Are you a new Immigrant looking to improve your job prospects in the Construction Sector?

MOSAIC Language Centre is offering a FREE program that will provide workers with English for Construction.

REGISTER TODAY because seats are limited.

When: November 9, 2015 to March 17, 2016 (with a winter break). Intake until January 06, 2016.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • Those interested in working in the Canadian construction industry or currently working in construction
  • Must have permanent residency in Canada
  • Have Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) of 4/5 (free level testing available)
  • Have access to a computer and high speed Internet
  • Have 9 hours per week to participate in the class on complete online assignments
  • Able to commit to the full length of the program

Where: #200 – 7134 King George Blvd., Surrey, BC

How to register: Reply or Jason at construction@mosaicbc.com

Check us out at http://www.mosaicbc.com/english-language-centres/english-construction

Help to spread the word…English for Construction

As stakeholders and members of the BC Common Ground Alliance you have an unique understanding of what frustrates your businesses when interacting with government. This is your opportunity to engage with your network and help government in its quest to cut red tape and make it easier to do business in BC! 

We ask that if your business has been hampered by the lack of a universal One Call system in BC that you use this opportunity to make your views known in addition to other items of red tape that you face in your business.

To contribute ideas please forward your comments to mj@whitemarsh.ca with the words Red Tape Reduction in the subject line by December 15th.  All responses will be presented to the Deputy Minister at an upcoming meeting.

Thank you for your input.

The BCCGA Social Committee invites you to join us for our Christmas Social Event – Beer for Safety on December 10th.

A new twist for the holiday season, we will meet at the Christmas Market at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver) at 5:30 pm for mulled wine and bratwurst, and then head over to the Library Square Pub at about 6:30 to warm up and enjoy a beer.  Join us when you can!

Note that you can pre-purchase tickets at $8 for the Christmas Market or Groupon has a special ($11 for two) that you can access here.

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We will pick up a few appies at the Library Square Pub if anyone is still hungry after bratwurst…

Wise words from the patron safety saint of the Social Committee (Don), if you drink, bring your wallet and make sure you have a safe ride home.

Please RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca so we know how many to expect.

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FRIDAY, NOV 13, 2015 ~ The Bakersfield Californian

One person died and three others were sent to the hospital with second- and third-degree burns Friday afternoon after a natural gas line explosion sent flames hundreds of feet into the air near Houghton and Wible roads southwest of Bakersfield, CA.

Flames from the ruptured line could clearly be seen from the top of the City of Bakersfield’s 18th Street parking structure in downtown Bakersfield, at least 10 miles from the blast.

“A third party, more than likely a farmer, hit the line with a piece of heavy equipment,” Kern County Fire Department Capt. Tom Ellison said. “The operator of that vehicle was killed.”

Witness Marla Proffitt, who supplied dramatic video of the flames from the passenger seat of a pickup, said the fire was such that it “heated the interior of our truck, and the roar was louder than a jet engine.

“Unfortunately the vehicle and house (near the blast) were all but gone and a hay barn also was burning,” Proffitt said in a text. “I don’t see how anyone still in the house could’ve survived once the flames got there.”

The push of gas and flames threw trees into the air, she said.

The state’s primary regulator of natural gas lines, the California Public Utilities Commission, said it had sent an investigator to the site of what it said was Transmission Line 300A. It said automatic valves initiated a shutoff, but that assertion was contradicted by local fire officials.

“We have ordered PG&E to make the area safe, conduct a leak migration survey, set up a 100-foot perimeter and staff off the incident scene until we release it,” the agency said by email.

According to Ellison, firefighters waited for PG&E workers to arrive, letting the flames burn off escaping gas. When PG&E arrived on scene, Ellison said, they shut off valves on either side of the fire, thereby cutting off the gas fueling the flames.

The fire was extinguished in approximately 30 minutes after PG&E crews arrived, according to Ellison.

“It is safest to let the fire burn escaping gas rather than let the gas escape,” Ellison said.

The ”high-pressure“ pipeline was 30 to 36 inches in diameter, he added. The fire department and other agencies were also working to extinguish a fire resulting from the explosion that involved two vehicles and a structure.

PG&E spokesman Jeff Smith also said a third party (likely the man who later died) made contact with the pipeline, not the utility.

”We’re still looking into the specifics of how the contact was made,’’ he said.

Smith the utility tested the pipeline for leaks as recently as this week and found none, and that records show no leak along the line for at least the last three years.

There had recently been what is known as an “8-1-1 ticket” indicating someone intended to excavate nearby, Smith said. But that ticket expired Nov. 5, he said, and no digging is allowed without current paperwork.

According to PG&E’s timetable, the pipeline experienced a loss of pressure at 3:37 p.m., and within four minutes automatic valves halted the flow of gas to the segment affected. The company said its first responder arrived on scene at 4:04 p.m., and it took until about 4:30 for gas in the pipeline to be exhausted and the flame to finally go out.

About 450 PG&E electric customers temporarily lost power as a result of the fire.

Smith, the company spokesman, said the utility intentionally cut electricity to the immediate area because of the accident and was still working to restore power to the area at 6:30 p.m.

Investigation continues into deadly natural gas explosion –  with video

A massive gas line explosion and fire south of Bakersfield left one person dead and two injured – Kern Golden Empire with video

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC (October 23, 2015) – Seven recipients from multiple technology sectors have been selected to receive BC’s highest safety honour at BC Safety Authority’s 9th annual Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards.

The awards, which will be presented by BC Safety Authority on November 23, recognize individuals and organizations who demonstrate exceptional leadership, achievement or innovation in the promotion of technical systems safety in BC.

“BC Safety Authority is proud to recognize the exceptional work of these individuals and organizations,” says Catherine Roome, President and CEO of BC Safety Authority. “Their efforts go above and beyond, which creates public confidence in safety systems.  Whether their passion for safety stems from a very personal experience, or from years of innovation and sharing knowledge, they are exemplary in their risk awareness.  We thank them for their outstanding contributions to safe technical systems.”

See the full press release.

Excellence in Systems Safety (cross-industry)
Debbie Clyne, Clyne Consulting

Debbie Clyne has educated many on safety as part of her work on developing safety systems, including her work with the City of Burnaby’s Emergency Management Program and the BC Common Ground Alliance’s Committee. She has played an integral role promoting awareness and creating damage prevention best practices in Canada through her work on the Transmission Pipelines Committee and the very successful Dig Safe BC! contractor workshop series. The ultimate test of the reliability of these systems came through Debbie’s volunteer work with the Canadian Red Cross, where she led response and recovery teams after three major disasters in: New York at Ground Zero after September 11, 2001; New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005; and High River after the massive community floods in 2013. She was made Chair of the BC Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA)’s Communication/Education Committee in 2008. Debbie co-founded and co-chaired the BCCGA Excavation Safety Committee in 2014, and established her own company, Clyne Consulting, which helps develop company management systems in risk management, including damage prevention for pipeline protection, excavation safety and public safety. 

Join us to honour and celebrate safety leadership in BC: www.safetyauthority.ca/lgawards

THE AWARDS GALA LUNCHEON

  • DATE:  Monday, November 23, 2013
  • TIME: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm (registration at 10:00 am)
  • LOCATION: River Rock Casino Resort, Main Show Theatre, Richmond

Tickets to the event are $85 per person or $425 for a table of six guests.

Click here to order your tickets.

COMMENT PERIOD closing 13 November 2015

The National Energy Board (Board or NEB) has released an information paper for public comment during the period of 20 October to 13 November 2015. The purpose of the information paper is to communicate the impacts of the Pipeline Safety Act on the NEB’s Damage Prevention Regulatory Framework, and the approach for updating the damage prevention regulations, including: 1) National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Part I (PCR Part I); 2) National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Part II (PCR Part II); 3) National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations (OPR); and 4) Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations (National Energy Board) (AMPs).

Please review the following attached material to find out more about the legislative impact, regulatory development approach, and how to submit comments:

•           Letter to Interested Parties and the Information Paper

•           Questions and Answers (2 sets) Q&A-1 and Q&A-2

Comments may be provided electronically or in hard copy by mail or by fax sent to the contact information below.

NEB Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations
Sheri Young
Secretary of the Board
National Energy Board
517 Tenth Avenue, S.W.
Calgary, AB T2R 0A8
Facsimile 403-299-5503; 1-877-288-8803
Email damagepreventionregs@neb-one.gc.ca

Note that CCGA is putting together a response.

The ClickBeforeYouDig.com portal is now functional for Canada and the United States. When you get to the ClickBeforeYouDig.com website, scroll down and click on the yellow DigSafe icon – because there’s more to damage prevention than initiating a locate request.
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WorkSafeBC and associations would like to invite you to this year’s construction safety conference Bridging the Gap.

The audience for this Conference is  anyone interested in safety, construction, managers, supervisors, safety consultants and students. 

The website for details and to register is www.bridgingthegapsafely.com

The speakers are amazing this year and the buffet is delicious!! 2015BTG_leaderboard_728x90

This workshop is applicable for excavators, contractors, landscapers, developers, municipal crews, roadbuilders – ANYone digging near ANY underground infrastructure. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 • 7:45am – 4:30pm

Registration & Coffee • 7:00am – 7:45am

FortisBC Training Centre • 16705 Fraser Highway, Surrey, BC

Register Now!

Topics range from what permits are required before you excavate, who and when to contact at each company before you dig, how a locate works, how to best daylight pipes, how the One Call Centre works, what regulations you need to know to be compliant with law, how to avoid penalties and the latest Best Practices in Excavation. Each topic is presented by an expert in their field.  

This course is put on only a few times a year and is coming to Surrey for the first time. Seats are limited, so be sure to register promptly.

We also have booth space available for $150 plus GST.  Email cheryl@commongroundbc.ca if you are interested in interacting with our attendees.

Attached are two ads for this workshop. They can be printed, posted or emailed. Please distribute effectively to your excavators, your supervisors, your clientele and your relevant contacts who would benefit from this workshop. 

DigSafe Surrey Ad – Short

DigSafe Surrey – Long

Please be advised that our next Member and Board Meetings will be held on October 1, 2015 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm in the Yaletown Roundhouse at 181 Roundhouse Mews in Vancouver.  The agenda for the day is attached.

We have two special presentations ~ Darlene Dyson and Gary Metz from BC One Call and MJ Whitemarsh on One Call Legislation.

Please RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca if you plan to attend so we have numbers for lunch.

The Board Meeting agenda and materials can be found in the Members Area.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Western Canada 2014 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report provides detailed analyses and recommendations pertaining to the submitted buried asset damage event reports in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

DIRT is the result of the efforts of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) to gather meaningful data regarding the occurrence of buried asset damage events. An event is defined by the CGA DIRT User’s Guide as “the occurrence of downtime, damages, and near misses.” DIRT allows industry stakeholders to submit data anonymously to a comprehensive database that is used to analyze the factors leading to events.

Again this year, One-Call Practices Not Sufficient was the root cause in over half of all the reported damage events and appears to be a major factor in damage to underground infrastructure. Increased awareness of safe excavating practices and the use of One-Call by all responsible parties (for example, home owners and contractors) is imperative to reducing the number of damage events.

WorkSafeBC, in partnership with the BC Construction Safety Alliance, the BC Association of Restoration Contractors, the British Columbia Common Ground Alliance, the BC Association for Crane Safety, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering are proud to host the 10th annual Bridging the Gap, Construction Safety Conference. This conference draws delegates who work in the field of safety in the construction industry from around the province.

WorkSafeBC wants to invite you to participate as an exhibitor at this year’s event on November 13 and 14, 2015 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, B.C.

For more information, please see the attached  2015 CSC Exhibitor Package.

To pre-register for the actual conference go to www.bridgingthegapsafely.com.

The BCCGA Social Committee invites you to join us for our Social Event – Beer for Safety – to be held at Mahony & Sons Stamps Landing at 601 Stamps Landing (False Creek) , Vancouver, BC on September 2nd at 5 pm.

We will pick up a few appies for the party…

Standard wise words from the patron safety saint of the Social Committee (Don), if you drink, bring your wallet and make sure you have a safe ride home.

Please RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca so we know how many to expect.

In July, we shared with you the first edition of the Western Canada Damage Prevention Professional Magazine.   You can read the digital version of the magazine HERE.  The magazine will be published quarterly.

There are advertising opportunities for your organization or company in each edition that will allow you to reach over 5,000 key decision makers in Manitoba, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

The New Western Canada edition includes all the topical content from the standard edition of the quarterly Damage Prevention Professional along with 16 pages of content and ads specific to these four provinces.  Advertising in this edition promotes safe excavation and gets your message in front of industry leaders in your backyard!

Please contact Infrastructure Resources directly if you are interested in advertising in the magazine.  More information and contact details can be found in the W Canada Media Kit.