By the time you read this, the annual Texas811 Damage Prevention Summit will be underway in San Marcos, Texas.

Summit attendees include excavators, locators, and utility personnel including gas, water, electric and telecommunications; municipal and county personnel; state and federal regulatory personnel and individuals who are involved in installing or protecting underground utility lines and promoting workplace safety.

Exhibitors this year read like a who’s who in the 811 call before you dig and damage prevention world:




Atmos Energy


Texas Gas Service


Railroad Commission of Texas

Texas Pipeline Awareness Alliance



Smalley Foundation and many more.

Attendees will be able to participate in seminars and courses like:

Utility Locator Training

Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Utility Operations

Documenting for Damage Prevention

Most Cited OSHA Regulations

System Protection from a water utility perspective and others

We’re also rolling out a new online training course at the Summit.

Approved by Gold Shovel Standard, Texas811 and The Damage Prevention Academy are partnering to offer utility operators and contractors online training exclusively through Texas811.

The training covers the Gold Shovel Standard, Texas state laws, rules and regulations, and the industry’s best practices.

If you want to know before you dig, this training is a must for excavators and everyone else interested in underground damage prevention.

Get more information here:

Finally, it may still be cold outside, but it’s not too early to start thinking of the annual Texas811 golf tournament!  This year’s event is Friday, April 20, at Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas.  We’ll be raising funds for statewide damage prevention.  Check it out here:

 Until next week, safe digging!


By Texas811

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