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Digging Deep: An OKIE811 Podcast
The OKIE811 Podcast is an educational podcast that covers a wide range of topics from why you should call 811 before you dig to best practices for safe digging in the state of Oklahoma.
Jan 25, 2023
Digging Deep ep 22: OKIE811 Education Events
In this episode of Digging Deep we sit down with OKIE811 Education & Outreach Coordinator Stephen Shenold to discuss the various upcoming education opportunities and how you can be involved. You won't want to miss this so I hope you will join us.
Dec 7, 2022
Digging Deep ep 21: Mike Sullivan & Utility Safety Partners
Mike Sullivan joins us to discuss the history of Utility Safety Partners. They are the communication service between the digging community and the owners of infrastructure in Alberta, Canada. Over 90% of all locate requests made through USP are done online. Mike shares the reasoning of online tickets and how they are safer and more efficient for the damage prevention process.
Nov 9, 2022
Digging Deep ep 20: Kimbel Mechanical Systems
This month's guest is Allissa Sims with Kimbel Mechanical Systems. Alissa sheds some light on what excavators can do to ensure safety and damage prevention during their jobs. Our discussion covers the importance of communication on jobsites with other stakeholders and what to do if damages do occur. It was a great discussion and we are thankful of Kimbel knowing the importance of 811.
Oct 6, 2022
Digging Deep ep 19: Tracey Bryant
CGA Hall of Famer, Tracey Bryant of CenterPoint Energy joins us to talk about the evolution of damage prevention and the role of 811 centers.
Sep 7, 2022
Digging Deep ep 18: NuStar
NuStar Energy's Keely Hosmann joins us to talk about our partnership in damage prevention. Keely is the One Call Coordinator for NuStar. We discuss the importance of 811 and how facility operators work with OKIE811 to promote safe digging and damage prevention.
Aug 2, 2022
Digging Deep ep 17: Cross Timbers
We had a great discussion with the guys of Cross Timbers Brewing Co. They are the brewers behind OKIE811's beer this year! In this episode we talk about our partnership, and how using beer to market 811 to the general public works.
Jul 13, 2022
Digging Deep ep 16: Texas811
Texas 811 and OKIE811 discuss damage prevention efforts in our states and how we work together to keep excavators safe.
Jun 8, 2022
Digging Deep ep 15: OKIE811 Culture & Opportunities
In this episode, we are joined by Tyler Dunlap and Renelle Freeman as we discuss the culture and benefits of working for OKIE811 as well as highlight some current opportunities
Apr 21, 2022
Digging Deep ep 14: National Safe Digging Month with USIC
April is National Safe Digging Month. Shane Palmer with USIC talks about the importance of 811 and how the locating industry works.
Mar 23, 2022
Digging Deep Special Episode: Oklahoma Excavation Safety EXPO
We had a great time during the 2022 Oklahoma Excavation Safety Expo. Don't take just our word for it, we asked attendees, exhibitors, and trainers what it was like to be a part of the EXPO. Listen to what they had to say, and plan on being part of next year's largest conference in Oklahoma dedicated to excavation safety and damage prevention.
Feb 9, 2022
Digging Deep ep 13: Jason Crowe & Tim Teel
On Digging Deep this month, we discuss the importance of a shared vision from different stakeholders in the Damage Prevention Industry. Listen in as Jason Crowe of Green Equipment Company and Tim Teel with Summit Utilities share their perspectives in collaborating to keep excavators safe and utilities protected from damage.
Dec 21, 2021
Special Podcast with OGA: Susan Bohl on New Law Changes
There have been a few updates to the Oklahoma Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Act that went into effect on November 1, 2021. In this special episode, OKIE811's Executive Director, Susan Bohl joined Jeff Kaufmann of the Oklahoma Gas Association to discuss these changes and how it affects the one-call process.
Aug 25, 2021
August Series #3 - Jerrell Welch
We wrap up the OKIE811 series with a conversation with Jerrell Welch, Director of Operations. We discuss the technology used to process locate requests from mapping to phone systems. The future of damage prevention with advancements in technology are improving the safety of workers around underground facilities. Check out this podcast for some serious Damage Prevention Geek talk.
Aug 18, 2021
August Special Series #2 - Angie Niemeyer
The OKIE811 Series continues with this week's guest, Angie Niemeyer. Angie is the Director of Business and Education Services. We discuss the evolution of OKIE811's Education and Outreach efforts over the last 15 years and look to the future with new ideas. Listen in as M.G. talks with his boss about all things OKIE811.
Aug 4, 2021
August Special Series #1 - Susan Bohl
This month we are going to celebrate 811 Day (August 11th) by providing a series of podcasts about OKIE811. In our first episode, we sit down with our Executive Director, Susan Bohl, to discuss the changes in OKIE811 since the establishment of the organization and through her leadership.
Jul 22, 2021
Digging Deep ep 12: John Graham & EMSA
Working safely in Oklahoma is about preparedness. Not only do you need to contact OKIE811 prior to your excavation projects, you need to be prepared to work in Oklahoma extreme temperatures as well. John Graham with EMSA Oklahoma shares with us how to be prepared and stay safe when working in the heat of summer, and the cold of winter.
Jun 16, 2021
Digging Deep ep 11: Cecilia Steward & Enable
Cecilia Stewart of Enable Midstream joins us this week to discuss their efforts in public awareness and communication with excavators. We share stories of how to go beyond what the locate request says in order to be more proactive for future projects. Enable Midstream and OKIE811 collaborated in providing 811 information to mandarin speaking workers in Oklahoma, check out how that came about in this podcast.
May 19, 2021
Digging Deep ep 10: Tim Teel & Centerpoint
Tim Teel, Damage Prevention Coordinator of CenterPoint Energy shares with us the importance of 811. Being a local distribution company, CernterPoint Energy promotes safe digging not only to professional excavators but also the general public and homeowners. We discuss getting the message to anyone who may use a shovel.
Apr 28, 2021
Digging Deep: Special National Safe Digging Month with Plains All American Pipeline
Tux Jackson of Plains All American joins us to discuss the importance of 811 and damage prevention. We explain the responsibilities of underground facility operators in the one-call process. The discussion breaks down the operator's role in public awareness before the call and damage prevention after the locate request has been made.
Apr 21, 2021
Digging Deep: Special National Safe Digging Month with Oklahoma Natural Gas
In this special episode of Digging Deep we sit down with Cherokee Ballard from Oklahoma Natural Gas to discuss the significance of National Safe Digging Month and the importance of contacting OKIE811 before you dig.
Apr 14, 2021
Digging Deep ep 9: Jason Crowe & Green Equipment Company
Jason Crowe, Green Equipment Company, joins us to discuss damage prevention culture. All stakeholders of underground facilities have a role in protecting workers, promoting safety, and prevention of damage. By utilizing partnerships within the industry our efforts can be more successful and rewarding.
Mar 10, 2021
The OKIE811 Podcast ep 8: Interview with Oklahoma Safety Council
During our talk with Betsey Kulakowski with Oklahoma Safety Council, we discuss our partnership, upcoming events, and training that OSC provides. Be sure to listen about OSHA changes because of the pandemic and the new presidency.
Mar 3, 2021
Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend the 2021 Oklahoma Excavation Safety EXPO Virtual Sessions
Mar 1, 2021
Special Episode: Coffee with Jim & James
We sat down with Jim and James for an episode of their podcast "Coffee with Jim & James" from Energy Worldnet. Coffee with Jim & James Podcast Channel: https://open.spotify.com/show/061lVDa6FLXBw9skqDpiiW?si=cOK3ZKgUT1yQydOhGkbnpA
Feb 10, 2021
OKIE811 Podcast ep 7: Interview with Becco Contractors
Carl Carlson, Safety Director and Risk Manager of Becco Contractors talks with us regarding the importance of using 811. We discuss best practices, lessons learned, and how to properly utilize 811's services.
Jul 2, 2020
OKIE811 Podcast Ep 6: Interview with Tristate Safety Services
Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that about 25 workers are killed each year in trench-related mishaps. Trenching Safety is an important topic and in today's podcast, Ben Montoya of Tri-State Safety Services discusses the best practices regarding trenching.
Jun 30, 2020
OKIE811 Podcast Ep 5: Interview with Oklahoma Safety Council
In this episode of The OKIE811 Podcast, OSC's Executive Director, Betsey Kulakowski, and M.G. discuss National Safety Month, our upcoming conferences, and how or organizations provide safety training.
Jun 22, 2020
OKIE811 Podcast Ep 4: Interview with Green Equipment Company
Locating technology is a major factor in damage prevention. Jason Crowe and I discuss the importance of understanding underground utility locating to have a safe excavation project.
Jun 4, 2020
OKIE811 Podcast Special: Business for Breakfast Interview with Executive Director Susan Bohl
In this special episode we take a look at how OKIE811 has adjusted and navigated in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
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May 26, 2020
OKIE811 Podcast Ep 3: Best Practices for Safe Excavation
Join us in this episode as we give a brief overview of some of the best practices for safe excavation in the state of Oklahoma.
May 11, 2020
OKIE811 Podcast Ep 2: Get OKIE811 Certified for FREE online!
The OKIE811 Online Certification Course covers all you need to know about best practices and safe digging in the state of Oklahoma. This course is online and completed anywhere and on your own time. This course is also 100% FREE to you. To learn more go to OKIE811.training
Apr 27, 2020
OKIE811 Podcast Special: Interview with Oklahoma Natural Gas
Join us as we talk with Cherokee Ballard with Oklahoma Natural Gas on the importance of safe digging and always contacting OKIE811 before you dig.
Apr 1, 2020
OKIE811 Podcast Ep 1: Why Do I Have to Contact OKIE811
When you call 811, the federally designated call-before-you-dig number, you protect yourself and others from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines. There are millions of miles of buried utilities beneath the surface of the earth that are vital to everyday living like water, telecommunications, electricity and natural gas. In this podcast we discuss the importance of always contacting 811 before you dig.