“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.