Damage Prevention Events

ABOUT THE EVENTS
NRCGA members sponsor an annual damage prevention event in Northern and Southern Nevada to recognize excavators for employing safe digging practices. The events typically feature a dinner or breakfast, short presentations from damage prevention experts, an award ceremony, and lots of raffle prizes!

ALL EXCAVATORS & LOCATORS INVITED
The NRCGA extends an open invitation to all excavators and locators in the north and south through advertisements in trade publications, phone calls, emails, and word of mouth. To make sure your company is invited, sign up to receive NRCGA email notifications.

SILVER SHOVEL/OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARDS
The Silver Shovel Award is granted to an excavator that meets the criteria listed below. The NRCGA Board of Directors selects the winning excavator through an in-person interview process. The winning excavator receives a life-size silver shovel to display and one paid trip to the Common Ground Alliance‘s annual Excavation Safety Conference & Expo.

Silver Shovel Criteria:

    • Number of dig tickets called in to 811 by the excavator during the previous 12 months.
    • No at-fault damages to underground utilities during the previous 12 months.

LOCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
The NRCGA implemented this award in 2016 to recognize locators for their role in preventing damage to underground utilities. The person who receives this award is the winner of the NRCGA Utility Locate Rodeo competition. In addition to the achievement of winning the locate rodeo, the Locator of the Year also receives a silver belt buckle and a paid trip to the annual International Utility Locate Rodeo.

Locator of the Year Criteria:

  • Nominated by locate company or utility.
  • No at-fault damages to underground utilities during the previous 12 months.

For more information about the excavator appreciation or other NRCGA events, please contact us.