NULCA hosts General Meeting in Tasmania
NULCA has held a General Meeting in Tasmania for the first time earlier this month.
The meeting took place at the Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart on 3 February.
The committee was pleased to see support from local locating professionals in conjunction with TasWater’s John Murray and the Telstra Damages Recovery Team’s Jon Honson and David Schmidt. The committee would like to thank Telstra and TasWater for their contribution to the meeting presentations.
Dial Before You Dig (DYBD) Locator Assessor Leon Moriceau made a presentation and provided feedback on how the practical assessment aspect of the DBYD Certified Locator program has progressed.
Mr Moriceau reiterated to those in attendance that they should review their training documentation or seek further training before attending a practical assessment.
He also advised locators that they must be honest when evaluating their own skills when completing the self-assessment, and to ensure they have all the required equipment available at the assessment, and that it is within calibration specifications.
Ian Lambert also raised an important issue: that the Insurance Council is in discussions to not cover claims where a non-certified locator has been used.
In their presentation, the Telstra Damages recovery team advised that one of the first things they look for with a damage was whether a service locator had been used on the job, and to what extent they were engaged to do.
The presentation was a reminder that thorough documentation must be maintained, for example:
- boundaries of job located
- what was found
- whether the job was potholed
- time spent onsite, etc.
Telstra also advised that damages can be reported online at www.telstra.com
NUCLA’s Tasmanian members also provided some suggestions of what they would like to see featured in the Utility Location e-newsletter, suggestions included damage situations, notifications of upcoming training, and articles with photos of locating situations encountered on sites.
The NULCA committee has requested membership participation in the newsletter and asked that any articles or photos be sent to Vice President Natalie Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org
It has asked that any submissions specify whether they are anonymous or credited, and to only send content that has been authorised to be shared.
For further information visit the NULCA website.