We wanted to add the on-line option to our regular classroom sessions
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) August 20, 2008
Missouri is the first state to offer free on-line excavation safety training in collaboration with Diggingsafely.com. The custom built course for utility and other excavation personnel went on-line August 15, 2008 at http://www.mo1call.com, the official Missouri One Call System, Inc., (MOCS) website. All excavators, utilities and homeowners are encouraged to go to the Missouri site before any underground construction begins.
"We wanted to add the on-line option to our regular classroom sessions," explained William E. Dexheimer, Field Manager for MOCS, "excavators can complete the training at their convenience and we can score the results and keep a record of completion. The team at Midwest ENERGY Association combined our requirements with their Diggingsafely.com national excavation safety service and produced a unique Missouri course. The collaboration has been excellent. We especially like the ability to update the course and adjust it to insure learning is effective."
"Even though Missouri state law requires everyone to call us at 1-800-DIG-RITE or call the national 811 number, we must constantly encourage people to make the call or go to our website to request that underground utilities are marked prior to excavation," continued Dexheimer, "with the new course, there is even more enticement to go to our website. Damage to underground utility lines not only is costly and inconveniences customers, it can also be dangerous for excavation employees."
Midwest ENERGY Association, the national leader in providing on-line training for utility industry field employees used its experience in creating over 200 on-line courses to create the free Diggingsafely.com site where anyone interested in excavation safety can learn.
"We built the primary course at the Diggingsafely.com site," said Patrick Van Beek, President of the Midwest Energy Association, "based on the underground damage prevention best practices of the Common Ground Alliance, a national coalition of electric, gas, water, cable, telecommunications, and rail companies. Don Szambelan, our Chief Learning Officer and his team then offered to customize the course on a state by state basis. Missouri was the first to step up. They wanted Missouri specific information on regulations and procedures as well as excavation safety training. Other state one call systems are interested and we look forward to working with them. Damage prevention is in everyone's interest."