On November 5 & 6, 2014, over 1,500 contractors from across the state gathered at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Columbia, MO to participate in the Underground Damage Prevention Summit. The event included 19 safety classes, field demonstrations of how to safely dig around power lines, a live burn as a result of hitting a gas pipeline, a trench collapse docudrama, as well as contests for locators and equipment operators … all for free! Law enforcement demonstrated what happens when alcohol is combined with equipment operation and there were vehicles on display which showed the results of traffic accidents. Missouri LICA hosted the equipment rodeo where contractors were able to test their skills and accuracy. We want to thank Mona Bledsoe, Sue Gilbert, and the Missouri Common Ground Alliance for letting us use the pictures below.
Participants learn what can happen when a gas pipeline is hit, prior to going outside to see a live demonstration.