Leadership, Teamwork and Survival Instincts

By Larry Cole, Ph.D. TeamMax, Inc. You will decide if your survival instincts are a friend or foe to the collaborative teamwork required for damage prevention. No, this article is not about psychobabble, so let me explain. We are hardwired to survive which gives rise...

Jacobi Perspective – Leadership

By John Jacobi There are many definitions of leadership. I did a little research. Kevin Kruse wrote a short article in Forbes titled “What is Leadership?” (see https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2013/04/09/what-is-leadership/#3e7a28455b90). He discusses what...

Don’t We Already Know What Happens When We “Assume?”

By Joe Igel In my years in the construction industry, I have seen entirely too many damages to underground utilities. Of course, there have been a multitude of reasons, such as failure to notify, inaccurate marks, unsafe digging practices and the like. When I first...

Hard Hats

By Ketha Molina Damage Prevention Manager Texas811 Did you know? The average safety hard hat weighs about 14 ounces. The average man’s head weighs 14 pounds. So there’s an ounce of safety for every pound of head — provided the head protection is properly worn and...

Two sides of the same coin

By Michael Downes 811 Magazines Joel Berman and Mark Holstad work on opposite sides of Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority — Joel and his team produce and distribute fresh water, and Mark and his team coordinate the collection of the area’s...

Construction Angels

Life in the construction industry is inherently dangerous. Working around heavy machinery, traffic, hazardous materials and at heights takes extreme caution and safety protocols. Today’s utility and construction companies put safety above all else, but risk can never...

Congratulations to Vermeer Heartland!

Vermeer Heartland celebrated a Vermeer Pinnacle designation in recognition of providing a superior experience for customers. The Pinnacle Award is earned for performance in sales and marketing, providing excellent aftermarket support, as well as for training...

Inspecting and replacing aging pipelines: a delicate task

By Michael Downes 811 Magazines Natural gas sprang to prominence in the southern United States in the 1920s and 1930s, and much of that original infrastructure still exists in portions of the gas transmission labyrinth that crosses the country. Louisiana is no...

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