2017 Holiday Calendar

Sunshine 811 will be closed the following holidays throughout 2017. Our Internet Ticket Entry and Single Address Ticket systems will function during these times. As a reminder, these days are not counted in the two full business day or 10 full business day waiting periods for normal and underwater locate tickets. Please plan accordingly.

January 2 New Year's
January 16 Martin Luther King Day
May 29 Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
September 4 Labor Day
November 23 & 24 Thanksgiving
December 25 & 26 Christmas

New positive response code clarifies procedures when digging within white lined areas

Sunshine 811 recently rolled out the new positive response code, “2E Marked with Exceptions – marked within the confines of the white-lined area.” The purpose of the new code is further described in the accompanying paragraph: “A locate technician marked the approximate horizontal location of buried facilities WITHIN the white-lined area. (White paint, stakes or other white marks define the dig site boundary.) Any excavation outside the white-lined area requires a new ticket.

Excavators who white line their job sites before notifying 811 create win-win situations for themselves and locate technicians. It’s a best practice and it’s a low impact marking practice in the Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act, Chapter 556, Florida Statutes.

White lining eliminates the guess work for locators. It clearly defines the dig area with white paint, flags, stakes or a combination of these before you notify 811.

This code may also be used after the locate technician has asked you to white line because the locate description was not clear.

 
 

11-18-16 DRAFT LEGISLATION REVISIONS

Sunshine 811's Board of Directors approved its fourth revision at the November 18, 2016, meeting. The revision added "and sole discretion" 

When an event giving rise to a notice results in damage to any pipe, cable or its protective covering, or any other underground facility, the member operator receiving the notice shall file a report with the system. Reports shall be submitted to the center annually, no later than March 31st for the prior calendar year, or more frequently at the option AND SOLE DISCRETION of the member operator. The report shall describe if known, the cause, nature and location of the damage. The system shall establish and maintain a process to facilitate submission of reports by member operators.


The fully amended Chapter 556, F.S., language follows:

Chapter 556, F.S. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

RELATED TO DAMAGE REPORTING

s. 556.103(5) The board of directors shall submit to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Governor, not later than 60 days before the convening of each regular session of the Legislature, an annual progress report on the participation by municipalities and counties in the one-call notification system created by this chapter. The report must include a summary of the reports to the system from the clerks of court, as well as a summary of the damage reporting data received by the system pursuant to s. 556.105(12) for the preceding year, and any analysis of the data authorized by the board of directors.

[Note—the foregoing section requires annual reporting by the system (Sunshine 811) to the Legislature of the damage data reported to it pursuant to the amendment proposed to s. 556.105(12); authorizes the Sunshine 811 to analyze the damage data reported to it, if so authorized by the Board; and requires reporting on any analysis of the data authorized by the Sunshine 811 Board]

s. 556.105(12) If any contact with or damage to any pipe, cable, or its protective covering, or any other underground facility occurs, the excavator causing the contact or damage shall immediately notify the member operator. If any contact with or damage to an underground pipe results in the escape of any natural and other gas or hazardous liquid regulated by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the United States Department of Transportation, the excavator must immediately report the contact by calling the 911 emergency telephone number. Upon receiving notice, the member operator shall send personnel to the location as soon as possible to effect temporary or permanent repair of the contact or damage. Until such time as the contact or damage has been repaired, the excavator shall cease excavation or demolition activities that may cause further damage to such underground facility. When an event giving rise to a notice results in damage to any pipe, cable or its protective covering, or any other underground facility, the member operator receiving the notice shall file a report with the system. Reports shall be submitted to the center annually, no later than March 31st for the prior calendar year, or more frequently at the option and sole discretion of the member operator. The report shall describe, if known, the cause, nature and location of the damage. The system shall establish and maintain a process to facilitate submission of reports by member operators.

[The foregoing amendments add two new requirements to this section—1) to report damage to an underground pipe that results in escape of gas or hazardous liquids immediately by calling the 911 emergency number; and 2) to annually report (or more frequently at the option of the member) to the system any contact resulting in damage to a facility which must describe, if known, the cause, nature and location of the damage.  The system is authorized to create a process for submission of the reports.]

s. 556.107(1)(c) Any excavator or member operator who commits a noncriminal infraction under paragraph (a) may be required to pay a civil penalty for each infraction, which is $500 plus court costs. If a citation is issued by a state law enforcement officer, a local law enforcement officer, a local government code inspector, or a code enforcement officer, 80 percent of the civil penalty collected by the clerk of the court shall be distributed to the state or local governmental entity whose employee issued the citation and 20 percent of the penalty shall be retained by the clerk to cover administrative costs, in addition to other costs. If a citation is issued by a state law enforcement officer, the civil penalty collected by the clerk shall be retained by the clerk for deposit into the fine and forfeiture fund established pursuant to s. 142.01. Any person who fails to properly respond to a citation issued pursuant to paragraph (b) shall, in addition to the citation, be charged with the offense of failing to respond to the citation and, upon conviction, commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. A written warning to this effect must be provided at the time any citation is issued pursuant to paragraph (b).

[Note—the amendments to this section will permit state law enforcement officers who issue citations to excavators of member operators who commit noncriminal infractions under section (a) to receive 80 percent of the penalty money received as a result of the citation, as local law enforcement is currently authorized to receive.  State law enforcement officers currently are prohibited from receiving any of the penalty money resulting from citations they issue]  


Program drills pipeline safety, leak recognition and response for contractors

Your local pipeline and gas distribution companies are hosting a damage prevention program that includes a complimentary meal and free safety training. 

Critical damage prevention information to be presented:

  • Product Hazards and Characteristics
  • Leak Recognition and Response
  • Public Safety Initiatives Including 811 Before You Dig Information

CEUs

  • 2 Florida Ground Water/Water Well, FGWA/FWWA, CEU Approved - 2015 165
  • 0.2 CEUs FWPCOA CEU, DS/DW/WW 02041004 (Florida Water & Pollution Control Operators Association)
  • Certificate of Completion following the meeting. Use this certificate to quality for any license you may hold that will honor a CEU for this program.
Public works excavators, utilities, contractors and sub contractors should attend this free pipeline safety program taught by Paradigm, Sunshine 811 and gas company representatives. 

Find the free pipeline program near you

Sept 13 7:30 a.m. Pensacola Hilton Garden Inn-Pensacola Airport
Sept 14 7:30 a.m. Chipley 1901 Gallery & Cafe
Sept 15 7:30 a.m. Panama City Holiday Inn Select
Sept 19 7:30 a.m. Tallahassee Holiday Inn & Suites
Sept 20 7:30 a.m. Lake City Holiday Inn & Suites
Sept 21 7:30 a.m. Jacksonville Holiday Inn
Sept 22 7:30 a.m. Ocala Holiday Inn & Suites Ocala Conference Center
Sept 26 7:30 a.m. DeLand Artisan Downtown
Sept 27 7:30 a.m. Spring Hill Silverthorn Country Club
Sept 28 7:30 a.m. Kissimmee Falcon's Fire Golf Club
Sept 29 7:30 a.m. Tampa Embassy Suites
Oct 4 7:30 a.m. Bartow Harmony Haven Event Venue
Oct 5 7:30 a.m. Bradenton Courtyard by Marriott
Oct 6 7:30 a.m. Fort Myers Holiday Inn-Fort Myers Town Center
Oct 11 7:30 a.m. Hollywood Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Oct 12 7:30 a.m. West Palm Beach Embassy Suites
Oct 13 7:30 a.m. St. Lucie Port St. Lucie Civic Center

8-12-16 DRAFT LEGISLATION REVISIONS

Sunshine 811's Board of Directors approved a third round of revisions at its meetings, August 11 and 12, 2016. Our goal is for stakeholders to reach consensus on this legislation. To ask questions or leave comments, please use the form at the bottom of this post.


Chapter 556, F.S.
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS 

RELATED TO DAMAGE REPORTING

s. 556.103(5) The board of directors shall submit to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Governor, not later than 60 days before the convening of each regular session of the Legislature, an annual progress report on the participation by municipalities and counties in the one-call notification system created by this chapter. The report must include a summary of the reports to the system from the clerks of court, as well as a summary of the damage reporting data received by the system pursuant to s. 556.105(12) for the preceding year, and any analysis of the data authorized by the board of directors.

[Note—the foregoing section requires annual reporting by the system (Sunshine 811) to the Legislature of the damage data reported to it pursuant to the amendment proposed to s. 556.105(12); authorizes the Sunshine 811 to analyze the damage data reported to it, if so authorized by the Board; and requires reporting on any analysis of the data authorized by the Sunshine 811 Board]

s. 556.105(12) If any contact with or damage to any pipe, cable, or its protective covering, or any other underground facility occurs, the excavator causing the contact or damage shall immediately notify the member operator. If any contact with or damage to an underground pipe results in the escape of any natural and other gas or hazardous liquid regulated by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the United States Department of Transportation, the excavator must immediately report the contact by calling the 911 emergency telephone number. Upon receiving notice, the member operator shall send personnel to the location as soon as possible to effect temporary or permanent repair of the contact or damage. Until such time as the contact or damage has been repaired, the excavator shall cease excavation or demolition activities that may cause further damage to such underground facility. When an event giving rise to a notice results in damage to any pipe, cable or its protective covering, or any other underground facility, the member operator receiving the notice shall file a report with the system. Reports shall be submitted to the center annually, no later than March 31st for the prior calendar year, or more frequently at the option of the member operator. The report shall describe, if known, the cause, nature and location of the damage. The system shall establish and maintain a process to facilitate submission of reports by member operators.

[The foregoing amendments add two new requirements to this section—1) to report damage to an underground pipe that results in escape of gas or hazardous liquids immediately by calling the 911 emergency number; and 2) to annually report (or more frequently at the option of the member) to the system any contact resulting in damage to a facility which must describe, if known, the cause, nature and location of the damage.  The system is authorized to create a process for submission of the reports.]

s. 556.107(1)(c) Any excavator or member operator who commits a noncriminal infraction under paragraph (a) may be required to pay a civil penalty for each infraction, which is $500 plus court costs. If a citation is issued by a state law enforcement officer, a local law enforcement officer, a local government code inspector, or a code enforcement officer, 80 percent of the civil penalty collected by the clerk of the court shall be distributed to the state or local governmental entity whose employee issued the citation and 20 percent of the penalty shall be retained by the clerk to cover administrative costs, in addition to other costs. If a citation is issued by a state law enforcement officer, the civil penalty collected by the clerk shall be retained by the clerk for deposit into the fine and forfeiture fund established pursuant to s. 142.01. Any person who fails to properly respond to a citation issued pursuant to paragraph (b) shall, in addition to the citation, be charged with the offense of failing to respond to the citation and, upon conviction, commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. A written warning to this effect must be provided at the time any citation is issued pursuant to paragraph (b).

[Note—the amendments to this section will permit state law enforcement officers who issue citations to excavators of member operators who commit noncriminal infractions under section (a) to receive 80 percent of the penalty money received as a result of the citation, as local law enforcement is currently authorized to receive.  State law enforcement officers currently are prohibited from receiving any of the penalty money resulting from citations they issue]  


Comment and ask questions on proposed legislation here

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5 things excavators must do to make the Positive Response System work for them

I want to share a recent experience with you. I was on a conference call, listening to an excavator and locator talk through their experiences with the call-before-you-dig process. There was the usual he said she said, but then we got to the heart of the issue. Communication…or lack thereof.

So, they talked some more. The result? A better understanding of the “other side” and solutions moving forward. Listening to the whole process unfold, I couldn’t help but jot down a few takeaways that could be helpful for all excavators.

Check out these five tips to get the most out of positive response by effectively combining it with good old-fashioned communication:

  1. Verify the positive response codes BEFORE the end of two full business days. If a code says unmarked or has special instructions, do what is required. The locator could be waiting on clarification of the marking instructions, access to the property, white lining, etc. During this call, we learned that the gated community didn’t allow gate code sharing. If that’s the case where you’re working, let the locator know what number to contact so they can get their own gate code.
  2. Make sure the in-field phone number you provided during ticket entry is for someone a locate technician can text or call to ask a question, reschedule or set up another arrangement. It’s important for this number to have a functioning mailbox that is not full and is checked frequently. Due to the sheer ticket volume locators carry, if they cannot reach you, they will move on to the next job.
  3. Always, ALWAYS, compare the codes to what you see at your job site.
    Example: Let’s say you arrive at the job site and see marks for communications, but the response summary says there should also be marks for electric. What? Was the wrong job site marked? Were the red marks destroyed? You won’t have any answers until you call the locator or utility.
  4. Verify the codes periodically using the positive response link at sunshine811.com. This gives you the most updated information and includes locator/utility comments. This is especially important if a utility changes a code at any time throughout the life of the ticket. If you notice a change, and even if you don’t, you may want to take a screen shot of the response summary for your documentation.
  5. Save any positive response emails that come directly from a utility. These companies are using a system that does not update to the Sunshine 811 online positive response comments.

For education on the Positive Response System, contact the Sunshine 811 damage prevention liaison for your county.

LEGISLATION REVISIONS: Fines, damage reporting/notification get restructured

Sunshine 811's Board of Directors approved a second round of revisions at its meeting, May 18 and 19, 2016. The proposed legislation is intended to:  

  • Allow state or local enforcement authorities to retain 80 percent of the civil penalty collected by the clerk of the court;
  • Require excavators to call 911 to report any contact with an underground pipeline that results in a release of a hazardous material or substance; 
  • Require member operators to report at least annually by March any damages to their underground facilities for the preceding year;
  • Authorize the system conduct analysis of the damage data as authorized by the Board of Directors;
  • Require the system to include a summary of damages reported for the preceding year to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Governor pursuant to s. 556.103.

Form for questions or comments is at the bottom of this post.


Chapter 556, F.S.
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS 

RELATED TO DAMAGE REPORTING

s.556.103(5) The board of directors shall submit to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Governor, not later than 60 days before the convening of each regular session of the Legislature, an annual progress report on the participation by municipalities and counties in the one-call notification system created by this chapter. The report must include a summary of the reports to the system from the clerks of court, as well as a summary of the damage reporting data received by the system pursuant to s. 556.105(12) for the preceding year, and any analysis of the data authorized by the board of directors.

[Note—the foregoing section requires annual reporting by the system (Sunshine 811) to the Legislature of the damage data reported to it pursuant to the amendment proposed to s. 556.105(12); authorizes the Sunshine 811 to analyze the damage data reported to it, if so authorized by the Board; and requires reporting on any analysis of the data authorized by the Sunshine 811 Board]

s. 556.105(12) If any contact with or damage to any pipe, cable, or its protective covering, or any other underground facility occurs, the excavator causing the contact or damage shall immediately notify the member operator. If any contact with or damage to an underground pipe results in the escape of any natural and other gas or hazardous liquid regulated by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the United States Department of Transportation, the excavator must immediately report the contact by calling the 911 emergency telephone number. Upon receiving notice, the member operator shall send personnel to the location as soon as possible to effect temporary or permanent repair of the contact or damage. Until such time as the contact or damage has been repaired, the excavator shall cease excavation or demolition activities that may cause further damage to such underground facility. When an event giving rise to a notice results in damage to any pipe, cable or its protective covering, or any other underground facility, the member operator receiving the notice shall file a report with the system. Reports shall be submitted to the center no less frequently than annually, to be submitted no later than March 31st for the prior calendar year. The report shall describe, if known, the cause, nature and location of the damage.

[The foregoing amendments add two new requirements to this section—1) to report damage to an underground pipe that results in escape of gas or hazardous liquids immediately by calling the 911 emergency number; and 2) to annually report to Sunshine 811 any contact resulting in damage to a facility which must describe, if known, the cause, nature and location of the damage]

s. 556.107(1)(c) Any excavator or member operator who commits a noncriminal infraction under paragraph (a) may be required to pay a civil penalty for each infraction, which is $500 plus court costs. If a citation is issued by a state law enforcement officer, a local law enforcement officer, a local government code inspector, or a code enforcement officer, 80 percent of the civil penalty collected by the clerk of the court shall be distributed to the state or local governmental entity whose employee issued the citation and 20 percent of the penalty shall be retained by the clerk to cover administrative costs, in addition to other costs. If a citation is issued by a state law enforcement officer, the civil penalty collected by the clerk shall be retained by the clerk for deposit into the fine and forfeiture fund established pursuant to s. 142.01. Any person who fails to properly respond to a citation issued pursuant to paragraph (b) shall, in addition to the citation, be charged with the offense of failing to respond to the citation and, upon conviction, commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. A written warning to this effect must be provided at the time any citation is issued pursuant to paragraph (b).

[Note—the amendments to this section will permit state law enforcement officers who issue citations to excavators of member operators who commit noncriminal infractions under section (a) to receive 80 percent of the penalty money received as a result of the citation, as local law enforcement is currently authorized to receive.  State law enforcement officers currently are prohibited from receiving any of the penalty money resulting from citations they issue]  

July 2016 newsletter has been unearthed!

There's a little something for everyone...

  • 5 key stats that have us celebrating the fiscal year-end
  • 2016 board elections
  • Sponsors make 2016 golf tournament possible
  • Stakeholders take to links for 2016 tournament
  • Locate techs recognized for skill, drive
  • Prevent heat illness when working in Florida's heat, humidity

Read more.

 

Sunshine 811 stakeholders take to the links for 2016 tournament

Florida golfers hit the links May 20, 2016 for Sunshine 811’s annual golf tournament at Victoria Hills Golf Club in DeLand.

“In all, we had 70 golfers, 12 sponsors and 14 sponsorships,” stated Brad Martin, Sunshine 811 damage prevention liaison and tournament coordinator. “Two of our sponsors, USIC and Bright House Networks, gave us two gold sponsorships. Please check out the sponsors on our sponsor page and give them a shout out on social media."

First and second place teams as well as longest drive and closest to pin photos are below. The team that had the most fun was was made up of Lynn Irvin, Jim Huff, Bronson McClary and Chase Eads with a score of 75.

 
First Place goes to the Sanford Fire Department team with a score of 60: Spencer Green, Dominic Petracca, Matt Morelli, Jonathan Kraft.

First Place goes to the Sanford Fire Department team with a score of 60: Spencer Green, Dominic Petracca, Matt Morelli, Jonathan Kraft.

Second Place goes to the team with a score of 60: Steve Marshal, Bright House Networks (BHN); Dave Stokely, BHN; Justin Cook, BHN; and Bryan Lantz, FPL.

Second Place goes to the team with a score of 60: Steve Marshal, Bright House Networks (BHN); Dave Stokely, BHN; Justin Cook, BHN; and Bryan Lantz, FPL.

Longest Drive: Craig Radzak, Sanford Fire Department

Longest Drive: Craig Radzak, Sanford Fire Department

Closest to the Pin: Spence Green, Get it Clean Power Washers and Sanford Fire Department

Closest to the Pin: Spence Green, Get it Clean Power Washers and Sanford Fire Department

 

Locate classes a hit in Florida

“This was the year of the locator,” Sunshine 811 Damage Prevention Manager Cheryl Ritter proudly proclaimed. “We developed the Locate Excellence Program and then got down to the basics with locate training classes.”

For the first time ever, Sunshine 811 offered free locate training classes April 7 and 11 in Ocala and Hillsborough. “All three were sold out with 140 students!” Ritter stated.

Sunshine 811 brought in Paul Larkin, Staking University, to teach. He focused on the core concepts of locating, how a locating instrument works and how to use a locating instrument. Then he took the students outside for hands-on training.

Participants ranged from beginners to advanced, but everyone left with new found knowledge.

“We’re excited about these classes,” Ritter added. “We originally planned the program with public works workers in mind, but it blossomed into something bigger. There is definitely a need in the locating community. We’d like to help.”

A locate training class is planned for 2017 Safety Day, March 16, 2017 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. To get regular updates closer to the event, join our email list.

Thank you to our golf sponsors

Our sponsors make things happen! This year we had 12 sponsors and 14 sponsorships. Each sponsor helped make our 2016 Golf Tournament a success!

Please take some time and visit the sponsor websites or give them a thank you on social media. 

GOLD SPONSORS


BRONZE SPONSORS

  • Infrastructure Resources
  • John-Woody, Inc.
  • Florida Gas Transmission
  • MGH

DONATED SERVICES

  • Ball Fabrics, Inc.
  • Express Printing
  • Trophy Factory Plus

 

Locate technicians recognized for skill, drive

Sunshine 811 introduced its Locate Technician Excellence Award earlier this year as a way to honor the hard work and dedication of those men and women who locate underground utilities to ensure the safety of Florida's residents.

We asked excavators to tell us which locate technicians exceeded expectations. The technician's supervisor verified eligibility per our criteria. Take a look at some of the glowing compliments these techs received.

In the end, two public and two private locate technicians received $200, an 811 rain slicker perfect for those rainy Florida afternoons, an award and bragging rights plus travel expenses to the awards luncheon.

"Locate technicians have a tough job," states Mark Sweet, Sunshine 811 executive director. "This is just one way to let them know that we appreciate everything they do for Florida."

This locate excellence program will run again in 2017. Watch our website and follow us on social media to stay updated. 

Year-end celebration

Better damage prevention services. That's the essence of what we offer. And each year we strive to be better than the previous.

"I am so proud of this team," states Sunshine 811 Executive Director Mark Sweet. "Everyone worked together to pull off some pretty amazing results. Our answer speed is down. Our system uptime is high. Our ITE volumes are like none other when you look at our overall ticket volume. And our damage prevention team is busy, busy, busy." 

We put several things in place that will help us communicate better with you this fiscal year. You'll see them roll out throughout the fiscal year.

Note: we'll be using MailChimp for newsletters and other notices. We also offer several RSS feeds so you can follow specific pages and, of course, there's social media.

Ticket volume increased 14 percent for a total of 1.5 million tickets and 16 percent for a total of 10 million transmissions. 

Ticket volume increased 14 percent for a total of 1.5 million tickets and 16 percent for a total of 10 million transmissions. 

Average uptime figure includes regularly-scheduled 8-hour maintenance windows done after hours and on weekends. We've created a System Performance page you can access to see how our servers are functioning. You can also follow the RSS feed on that page to receive updates when there are outages, scheduled maintenance, etc. 

Average uptime figure includes regularly-scheduled 8-hour maintenance windows done after hours and on weekends. We've created a System Performance page you can access to see how our servers are functioning. You can also follow the RSS feed on that page to receive updates when there are outages, scheduled maintenance, etc. 

This represents a 46 percent DROP in answer speed, even as we experienced a 1.4 percent INCREASE in phone calls. 

This represents a 46 percent DROP in answer speed, even as we experienced a 1.4 percent INCREASE in phone calls. 

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The top 5 stakeholder groups that we educated include: member utilities, excavating contractors, consultants/engineers/designers, safety professionals and public works employees. 

Sunshine 811 has unique challenges when it comes to reaching professional excavators and DIYers when compared to other states. Florida has the longest digging season in the U.S. with a constant influx of new diggers and it's in the top 20 when it comes to the most expensive media markets.

With the help of MGH, a Maryland Advertising and Public Relations Firm, we ran homeowner and contractor campaigns designed to spend only when and where these professional and DIY diggers are in the "digging mindset." Their recommendation? Target the user, not the website.

Our campaign was multi-faceted, giving us the best exposure for the investment. For homeowners, it included statewide radio and homeowner online banners. For contractors, it included contractor online banners and outdoor advertising.

The homeowner banners focused on power outages. Users who clicked on them were redirected to a landing page with FAQs. MGH wrote and recorded a new radio PSA designed to complement the online campaign. 

"We added to the exposure by running the Day in the Dark video produced by the Common Ground Alliance," explains Cheryl Ritter, Sunshine 811 damage prevention manager. "Our member, Bright House Networks Media Strategies, partners with us each April to offer us in-kind advertising opportunities that saves us thousands."

The contractor campaign focused on what to do AFTER calling 811. A first for the one-call industry, the campaign addressed three hot button issues in Florida: positive response, understanding and maintaining the marks, and digging correctly. Contractors who clicked on the web banners were taken to a landing page that included a safety video, brief overview of the subject and a form to request training by our damage prevention liaisons.

Results

  • Nearly 13,000 clicks on web banners
  • 27 percent increase year over year in sunshine811.com new users and site sessions
  • 7,250 homeowner page visits; 3:36 average time on site
  • 3,146 combined visits on contractor pages; 2:30 average time on site
  • Record-Setting March: most first-time callers in a single month since measurement began in 2011
  • All tickets up 13 percent vs March/April 2015
  • ONLINE tickets up 19 percent vs March/April 2015

Prevent heat illness when working in Florida's heat, humidity

Heat-related illnesses can be deadly.  Thousands become sick every year and many die due to preventable, heat-related illnesses.  With summer temperatures rising, now is the best time to prepare for working outdoors in excessive heat by following a few simple steps.

HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS: KNOW THE SIGNS

It's important to know the signs of heat-related illness—acting quickly can prevent more serious medical conditions and may even save lives.

  • Heat Stroke is the most serious heat-related illness and requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms include: confusion, fainting, seizures, very high body temperature and hot, dry skin or profuse sweating. CALL 911 if a co-worker shows signs of heat stroke.
  • Heat Exhaustion is also a serious illness. Symptoms include: headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, thirst and heavy sweating. Heat fatigue and heat rash are less serious, but they are still signs of too much heat exposure.

If you or a co-worker has symptoms of heat-related illness, tell your supervisor right away. If you can, move the person to a shaded area, loosen his/her clothing, give him/her water (a little at a time), and cool him/her down with ice packs or cool water.

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TO PREVENT HEAT ILLNESS: WATER.REST.SHADE. 

  • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty. 
  • Rest in the shade to cool down.
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
  • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency.
  • Keep an eye on fellow workers.

Acclimate – "easy does it" on your first days of work; be sure to get used to the heat and allow yourself to build up a tolerance. Not being used to the heat is a big problem. Many of the people who died from heat stress were either new to working in the heat or returning from a break. Workers that have not worked in hot weather for a week or more need time to adjust to the heat again.

This is OSHA’s fifth year implementing its Heat-Illness Prevention Campaign. Consider making this a topic during your safety meetings or hold a Safety Stand Down on the warning signs of heat illness. Check out OSHA's Training Resources page for handouts, videos and more.

Stay safe during the hot weather.