MWCD to host 2 free underground line safety training classes

March 23, 2011

Contractors from around the region are invited to attend either of the two free underground line safety training classes being hosted by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) in April.

 

Sessions are scheduled April 13 at 10 a.m. at Tappan Lake Park and on April 14 at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Lake Park.

 

The one-hour training session is designed for all supervisors and workers who conduct any excavation work and is presented by trainers from the Ohio Utilities Protection Service.

 

By law, everyone must contact the Ohio Utilities Protection Service at 8-1-1 or (800) 362-2764 at least 48 hours but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before beginning any digging project.

 

The Ohio Utilities Protection Service acts as a communication link between utility companies and individuals planning any digging activity. For more details, visit www.oups.org.

 

To reserve a space in the training sessions or for more details, please contact Scott Tritt, MWCD Safety Administrator, toll-free at (877) 363-8500 Ext. 2205, or via e-mail at stritt@mwcd.org.

 

The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Basin, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving more than $8 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government. Much of the reservoir areas are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

 

For more information about the MWCD, visit www.mwcd.org.

 

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