Prairie Podcast by Utility Safety Partners

Hosted by Utility Safety Partners' President Mike Sullivan.
Let’s talk about damage prevention, excavation safety, and legislative matters to ensure contractors and neighbours can all do their work safely. Safety is always a good conversation.

Follow us on Twitter @Utility_Safety
We’re also on Instagram @click_before_you_dig
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Digging into the DIRT Report | Sep 15, 2021 Season 1 Episode 13

Introducing or changing legislation is a massive undertaking. The ideas, concepts and procedures is just the start of the long journey. In this episode of Prairie Podcast, host Mike Sullivan talks with retired Senator, the Honorable Grant Mitchell.

Together they discuss the political muscle and determination needed to make impactful and lasting change.

Digging into the DIRT Report | Sep 1, 2021 Season 1 Episode 12

DIRT saves lives.In the growing and vital excavation sector, one mistake can be deadly. Utilizing easy to use safety tools before you dig is a smart first step. That’s where DIRT comes in. In this episode of Prairie Podcast, host Mike Sullivan talks to Joseph Rosenberg about the Damage Information Reporting Tool, or DIRT.

Together, they dig into the story behind the numbers.

Here is the 2020 DIRT Report

Committee Coverage | Aug 18, 2021 Season 1 Episode 11

In the wake of rebranding, the strength, expertise and experience fueling Alberta One Call is now second to none. In this episode of Prairie Podcast, host Mike Sullivan talks to the three professionals heading up three crucial committees that together create a solid bond.

Best Practices, Education and Public Awareness as well as the Training Standards Committees form the bedrock of a team which is not only educating Albertans, but also setting the bar for industry safety.

Guests: Sher Kirk, Patricia Poulton, Joey Motokado

Rebranding… to Utility Safety Partners | Aug 04, 2021 Season 1 Episode 10

The biggest companies in the world have done it, now it’s our turn. We are rebranding Alberta One Call.

Rebranding takes work.

Alberta One Call is undergoing a transformational rebranding and we want to get it right. In this episode of Prairie Podcast, host Mike Sullivan talks to marketing expert Rob Fairhead about the behind the scenes work that goes into rebranding an already very popular and positive brand.

Contact Rob Fairhead at ZGM https://zgm.ca/ Send ZGM an email

Face to Face First | Jul 21, 2021 Season 1 Episode 9

When it comes to damage prevention, there are few people with more international experience than Scott Landes.

His innovation and forwarding thinking have undoubtedly helped companies not only realize better practices, but more importantly, they also saved lives.

In this episode, host Mike Sullivan talks to Scott about industry changes and the vital importance of returning to face-to-face exchanges as the damage prevention industry grows in a digital era.

Scott Landes email [email protected]

Making the Message MATTER | Jul 07, 2021 Season 1 Episode 8

When a crisis hits, often how its handled makes all the difference. When it comes to message management, honesty and authenticity are the pillars of clear, concise communication.

In this terrific and informative episode of Prairie Podcast, host Mike Sullivan talks to communications expert Jon Lovink about how to avoid self-inflicted landmines when handling a crisis.

Jon has worked with companies large and small on how to make sure the right information is shared at the right time and the right way.

Guest: Jon Lovink

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The Anatomy of Systemic Change | Jun 23, 2021 Season 1 Episode 7

“We had to peel away everything a One-Call does, and bare bones it.”

In this episode Sher Kirk shares the experience of Alberta One-Call completely re-envisioning how the notification system operates. The shift to more remote operations has proven extremely successful but the road to that adaptation was anything but easy.

Today the software is better and more flexible, there are more channels of communication to reach more users in more places, and the ability to adapt further has never been better.

Guest: Sher Kirk, Operations Director Alberta One-Call

“I knew it was there – I just didn’t see it” | Jun 09, 2021 Season 1 Episode 6

In this episode Glen Cook joins Mike from Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. “Cookie” leads powerline safety throughout the State, has won national awards for his behavioural changing concepts and programs, and has even written a few songs about them. The Look up and Live mobile application he developed gets thousands of clicks and it’s saving lives.

Guest: Glen "Cookie" Cook, Principal Safety Specialist, Queensland, AU

“They didn’t see the wire” on YouTube

Cut the C.R.A.P. | May 12, 2021 Season 1 Episode 4

Terry Emslie has spent a career focused on safety. Over his 35+ years working in multiple aspects of gas line construction, operations, and excavation—safe practices have always been at the forefront. In this episode Terry shares his experiences and what the acronym "Cut the C.R.A.P." really means.
Guest: Terry Emslie, Community Awareness Ambassador

Who ya gonna CLICK? | Apr 28, 2021 Season 1 Episode 3

It’s Alberta ONE-CALL… but the most effective and safest way to begin the process of marking a dig is to click, not call. Utility damages are higher when requests are made by phone. In this episode, Josef Rosenberg shares his study findings.

Guest: Josef Rosenberg, Alberta One-Call Contact Centre Manager [email protected]

Why Membership Should be the Law | Apr 14, 2021 Season 1 Episode 2

Not all owners of buried facilities are members of Alberta One-Call. Despite the clear safety and societal benefits to people, some refuse to join and there is no legislation in place… YET!

In this episode Mike speaks with Ian La Couvée of Concentric Public Affairs on steps being taken to make sure everyone has the opportunity to know what’s below with just one click.

Guest: Ian La Couvée, [email protected]

Introducing Prairie Podcast by Alberta One-Call | Apr 04, 2021 Season 1 Episode 1

1984. That was the year Wayne Gretzky hoisted his first Stanley Cup and a hockey dynasty was born.

Just a little further down the figurative maternity hallway that same year, Alberta One-Call was born, taking our first locate request.

Millions of locate requests later, the service has shifted to “Click” Before you Dig and now in 2021 we’re introducing the Prairie Podcast by Alberta One-Call.

Because safety is always a good conversation.