By Bob Ward, NRCGA Vice Chair
The NRCGA held its annual Southern Nevada excavator appreciation dinner Nov. 8 in Henderson and honored two local excavating contractors for taking the extra step towards digging safely.
The NRCGA’s top honor – the Silver Shovel – was awarded to Silver Lake Construction (a first time recipient) for their stellar performance in damage prevention. Winning the Silver Shovel includes one complimentary trip to Phoenix to attend the Common Ground Alliance’s March 2018 annual conference.
Ditch Diggers took second place and received the NRCGA’s Outstanding Performance Award for their strides in damage prevention.
A total of four excavators were in the running for the Silver Shovel and Outstanding Performance awards. The NRCGA selected candidates based on the number of dig tickets called in to USA North 811 between May 2016 and May 2017 and no at-fault damages during the same time period.
Attendance exceeded 90 hungry excavators eager to see which one of their peers was to receive the coveted Silver Shovel.
Several stakeholders spoke at this event on topics such as utilizing online ticket requests through USA North 811’s website, as well as excavating safely around buried fuel lines.
Vendors were on hand to give away various swag items as well.
The NRCGA’s very own Dave Dahl, formerly of Kern River Gas Transmission, was awarded the NRCGA Plaque of Honor, which was very well deserved.
Overall excellent attendance, food and great raffle prizes (all donated, of course)!