Comprehensive System to Prevent Damage to Your Buried Utilities During/After Construction

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Trade Show Education: Contractor Solutions

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Apprentice Day, Convention Education, Exhibitor, NECA Convention and Trade Show (Full Meeting), Press Registration, Speaker Registration, Trade Show Only, Weekend Package


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This session is designed to provide tools and information to create a safe digging plan for your construction sites to protect you, your company, and your legal liability in excavation. We will be exploring root causes of underground utility line strikes, current industry best practices, and the industry technology available. There is no “one size fits all” technique or technology. At the end of your session, you should be able to determine what is the best fit to mark, map, protect, and locate your underground utilities.


  • 2024 NECA San Diego Speaker

    Denise M. Elliott

    3M Company

    Denise has been with 3M for 29 years, Damage Prevention Specialist for 15 years.  Denise has a master’s in business and has national responsibility in the construction & industrial market specifically for underground utility mark, map, protect and locate.  As part of the Common Ground Alliance, Denise is an has been actively involved as a subcommittee member in the Best Practices Committee as well as the Education Committee.  As an damage prevention advocate, Denise works with various damage prevention organizations and teams including many 811 One Call Centers. Denise is a frequent speaker at industry organizational conferences/seminars on damage prevention and safe digging practices including World Data Center, Mango, MEA, OSP and National and Regional Damage Prevention Councils.  “

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    William Watson

    Miller Electric Company

    William Watson is the Vice President of Safety & Security for Miller Electric Company in Jacksonville, Florida. He is responsible for ensuring the overall safety of the workplace by coordinating, administering, and implementing comprehensive safety policies and training programs for employees nationwide. William currently serves as the Chairman of the NECA Large Contractor Safety Group. His primary expertise is in the areas of Occupational Safety and Health Management, Accident Prevention Programs, Loss Control, and Electrical Safety. In addition to holding a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health, William possesses the CESCP Certification from the National Fire Protection Association. William is an Instructor for the Electrical Training Alliance, an OSHA-authorized outreach trainer, and an MSHA and NFPA training instructor. He previously served as an Adjunct Instructor for the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health at Florida State College, where he taught certification courses for the U.S. EPA Environmental Workforce Development & Job Training Program (EWDJT), and the Safety Environmental & Emergency Response Technician (SEERT) programs.