National Utility Contractors Association of Ohio
NUCA of OHIO is a unified peer group focused on creating an environment of mutual respect and voice for all participants of the underground utility construction industry.
How do we accomplish this?
- Encourage contractors, engineers, associates and owners to participate in open forums, training programs and development - We share vision
- Open exchange of experience and ideas - We share ideas
- We volunteer our time and talents - We share success
In addition to the above there are numerous benefits in joining. When you join you will have all the benefits listed on our NUCA National site. See why NUCA membership matters! Click here for a summary of benefits and why membership matters.
Apply for the NUCA of OHIO $1,000 Scholarship
This is something your organization has added for it's members and their employees and the children of the owners or employees. Click here for all the details. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2013.
2013 Damage Prevention Law Webinar
A new law passed on December 2012, which updated many areas of the old law and made it clearer for most parties. There is a lot of improvement but certain areas such as exemptions and enforcement still need to be addressed.
The 2013 webinar explains these changes in detail so that you will have a good knowledge of the new law.
Jennifer Reams, Director of Safety at Crestline Paving Co. Inc. and Vice-President of NUCA of OHIO has worked on these changes for seven years. Over the past year she has been active in her efforts to get positive representation for the contractor as a member of the Ohio Underground Damage Prevention Coalition.
Click on the 2013 Damage Prevention webinar and you will be directed to the webinar. The webinar was recorded on March 27, 2013 and has several polls requesting your responses. Because it is a recording, just pause and the answers from March 27th will be shown. There is also a question and answer period at the end of the video that is worth listening to.
The following link will allow you to sign in and then proceed to the webinar. Enjoy the 2013 Damage Prevention Webinar!
Continuing Discussion of Cincinnati
local Hiring Ordinance/Responsible
County orders MSD efficiency review. CLICK HERE for the full article.
County Balks at city-approved sewer district policy. CLICK HERE for the full article.
NUCA of OHIO's Position on the Proposed Ohio Dig Laws
NUCA of OHIO has been participating in the Ohio Dig Law Coalition over the past 2-3 years. The Coalition includes the vast majority of stakeholders in Ohio’s damage prevention community. Throughout the legislative process, NUCA of Ohio has supported provisions to ensure that all stakeholders meet their respective damage prevention responsibilities. Unfortunately, some in the Coalition are attempting to shirk their responsibilities, calling for exemptions to damage prevention practices in the name of expedited extraction of Ohio’s natural gas resources, including responsibilities to accurately locate underground facilities. Further, it seems that key players in the legislature do not support the establishment of an enforcement entity to ensure compliance with damage prevention requirements in the law. With the recent release of Senator Bill Coley’s draft bill, it seems clear that we have been unable to accomplish even basic milestones thus far.
NUCA of Ohio believes that the rewrite of the state’s Safe Dig law should avoid inclusion of exemptions to ensure that all stakeholders meet their responsibilities in the damage prevention process, provide for utilization of available technology, and enhance facility locating requirements. Most importantly, a state entity should be designated to carry out fair and consistent enforcement of the law.
Unfortunately, attempts to confirm certain stakeholder responsibilities in the legislation have fallen on deaf ears. This will continue until we improve the way we do business.
Exemptions to one-call and damage prevention responsibilities are contrary to the spirit of shared responsibility in damage prevention and directly conflict with the “nine elements” of an effective state damage prevention program included in the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement and Safety (PIPES) Act of 2006. Further, the lack of an enforcement provision in the law to address mismarking, failure to locate and mark facilities, and meeting the required marking time is unsafe and irresponsible considering the frequency in which these infractions occur. Unfortunately, repeated pleas regarding these problems are neglected by those pulling the strings in the legislature.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is in the process of developing “criteria and procedures” for determining the adequacy of state pipeline excavation damage prevention law enforcement programs. PHMSA has made it clear that it will use the authority provided in the PIPES Act to enforce damage prevention requirements in states deemed to lack adequate enforcement. Passing Safe Dig legislation in Ohio without addressing enforcement effectively opens the door for federal intervention in Ohio’s damage prevention program, and our legislators need to understand that.
A recent study release by the American Petroleum Institute projected that development of Ohio natural gas will generate 65,000 jobs and provide $4.9 billion to Ohio’s gross domestic product. While the shale gas boom is good for our state and for the Nation overall, we cannot compromise safety while extracting these critical resources. All we have to do is look at our neighboring state Pennsylvania with the fines, levies and irreversible damage that has been done.
CLICK HERE to read NUCA of Ohio's Statement of Principles for an Effective ONE CALL DAMAGE PREVENTION LAW.
Weekly Tool Box Talks right here!
Each week on Monday there will be a new Tool Box Talk that you can print and have your employees read and sign off for their records. This is another way NUCA of OHIO is trying to help you the contractor. Click here for this weeks Tool Box Talk. If you missed a Tool Box talk you can view previous tool box talks by going to the Safety tab at the top of this page.
NUCA offers OSHA 10 and 30 Hour On-line Training Courses. Click Here for details.
WE'RE ON YOUR SIDE!
Click here to see important information on:
1. NEW! PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION DRASTICALLY CHANGED!.
There have been significant changes to public construction – methods and procedures. Increases to project cost thresholds for required use of multiple
Prime from $50K to $600K, and single branch from $5k to $20K. Permits
Use of two new alternative delivery methods (except Ohio Turnpike Commission): Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) and Design Build (D/B).
Increases project cost threshold triggering competitive bidding from $50K to $200K. Prevailing wage changes include threshold coverage increased and
Public projects refined and much more. By checking out this article at Dunlevy, Mahan & Furry attorney’s in Dayton, Ohio you will see the full details and what you have to do to protect your business. Click above for all the details.
2. The Nine Elements of a Safe Damage Prevention Program.
Click above for all the details.
Featured Events (See Events Tab for Details)
NUCA of Ohio Board Conference Call Jun 13, 2013 at 8 AM.
NUCA of OHIO Board Conference Call July 11, 2013 at 8 AM.
NUCA of OHIO Golf Outing July 26, 2013 Westbrook Country Club Mansfield, Ohio.
NUCA of OHIO Board Conference Call Sep 12, 2013 at 8 AM.
Planning Meeting for Legislative Action Day Sep, 2013.
NUCA of OHIO Board Conference Call Oct 10, 2013 at 8 AM.
Battle of Ohio Football game Browns vs. Bengals at Paul Browns Stadium 9 AM Tailgate Party.
NUCA of OHIO Legislative ACtion Day Columbus, Ohio Meet with Ohio Senators & Representatives.
NUCA Safety Directors Forum October, 2013.
NUCA of OHIO Board Conference Call Nov 14, 2013 at 8 AM.
NUCA of OHIO Christmas Board Meeting and Luncheon Dec 11, 2013.