National Utility Contractors Association of Ohio Welcome!
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
NUCA Alert: Will Brown, NUCA Director of Government Affairs reported today, that the House reaffirmed commitment to build the Keystone XL pipeline. H.R. 5682, introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) (who is running for Senate against Sen. Mary Landrieu in the Dec. 9th runoff) would provide immediate approval of the project. House T&I Committee Press release can be found here. The bill passed the House by a vote of 252 to 161. To see how your Representative voted click here. This is yet another victory for NUCA’s legislative priorities!
NUCA ACTION ALERT- Clean Water Act regulation
Will Brown of NUCA would like to draw your attention to the press release on the [Push to Abandon Controversial Waters of the U.S. Rule] The Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule proposed by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, would propose significant difficulties for NUCA members and should be stopped.
The WOTUS rule would expand the Clean Water Act (CWA) definition of wetlands to include streams, lakes and other non-contiguous bodies of water, bringing them under the purview of CWC regulation and compliance. This would not only expands the EPA and Army Corps jurisdiction, but also require contractors to spend additional time and money determining if projects fall under this new definition and complying with the expanded requirements.
Please visit NUCA’s Advocacy Center (here) (retain link to NUCA Site) and send a letter to your elected official urging him or her to oppose this rule.
Download the 2015 Convention Program and Registration form
2014 Damage Prevention Law Information
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.
Click here for the Dig Law Presenation
The 2013 webinar explains these changes in detail so that you will have a good knowledge what has been passed and what is in the works for the next Dig Law in 2014.
Jennifer Reams, Vice-President of NUCA of OHIO has worked on these changes for eight 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!
NUCA of OHIO's Position on the Proposed Ohio Dig Laws
NUCA of OHIO has been participating in the Ohio Dig Law Coalition for over five 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.
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.
Exemptions to enforcement of 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.
OSHA Safety Information Available
Several critical OSHA issues are being monitored by our association. Below are resources on each to keep you up to date. For more information please call the NUCA-Ohio Office at: 888-294-0084!
1. Hazard Communication Labeling Standards
Click here for the new hazard communication training standards
Click here for the new hazard communication label and pictogram standards
Click here for Quick Card pictogram
Click here for Quick Card label
Click here for Quick Card safety data sheet
2. Proposed Silica Standards
NUCA is very concerned that if the proposed silica standard passes with current compliance requirements, contractors can expect serious and expensive violations because they will not be able to comply with the standard's requirements, and OSHA will be giving out citations like candy on Halloween. The feasibility of compliance for NUCA members will be nearly impossible. OSHA says most contractors will use Table 1 in the regulation, but using it would not guarantee your company is in compliance. NUCA, several other construction associations, and a strong legal and technical team are working very hard writing comments to persuade OSHA to change or remove the most costly and over burdensome requirements of the proposed regulation. You can view NUCA's comments here.
3. Rules about posting of the OSHA 300 logs and the deadline
REMINDER: Public Construction Procurement Drastically Changed
There have been significant changes to public construction – methods and procedures.
- Permits the use of two new alternative delivery methods (except Ohio Turnpike Commission): Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) and Design Build (D/B).
- Eliminates the mandate to bid a project by both single and multiple prime methods.
- Increases project cost threshold triggering competitive bidding from $50K to $200K.
- Prevailing wage changes include threshold coverage increased and refines the definition of a public project.
Have questions? Call the NUCA Ohio Office at 888-294-0084 for more information or use your Legal Services Plan and call Dunlevy, Mahan & Furry for your free monthly consultation at: 937-223-6003. \