Committees

Committees

Gold Shovel Standard has empowered a series of independent committees to create recommendations that drive public and workforce safety.

GSS could not continue to work for a safer North America without the generous and inspired help of the individuals who make up our many committees and pilot teams.

Excavation Damage Prevention Metrics Committee

The Excavation Metrics Committee is tasked with developing, testing and working towards the broad adoption of metrics which can be used by excavators.

Fairly measuring damage prevention performance is difficult, given the complexity of the damage prevention process. To create baseline metrics for excavation, a committee of excavators volunteered to tackle this challenging task. The committee has made some recommendations which were adopted by the Gold Shovel Standard Board of Directors. Gold Shovel Standard hopes that their work is the first step in obtaining nationwide acceptance of  the need to define reliable, standardized ways to calculate and present excavation safety performance for all stakeholders.

For more information on this committee, its progress or work, or how to get involved, please contact

  • Mike Robirds, Co-Chair (Chief Executive Officer, Accu-bore Directional Drilling;   Email Mike Robirds)
  • Stu Buhrendorf, Co-Chair (Vice President, EHS & Risk Management, Hallen Construction;   Email Stu Buhrendorf)
  • Rick Galyean, Program Liaison (Executive Director, Gold Shovel Standard;   Email Rick Galyean)

Pre-Excavation Damage Prevention Metrics Committee

Gold Shovel Standard believes that no significant reduction in damages will be achieved unless all responsible parties (owner / operators, excavators, locators) continually improve, and measurements underpin improvement.

Metrics for all stakeholders have been part of the GSS vision from the onset. The Pre-Excavation Damage Prevention Metrics Committee is tasked with establishing measurements for owner / operators and the locators that they employ.

Consistent measurements for Pre-Excavation are difficult and must be representative of the quality of services provided by in-house staff or contracted damage prevention services, and are representative of the timeliness of the services provided. Pre-Excavation metrics must also be scalable for locate companies both large and small to help them better manage their businesses.

Participants in that initiative to date have included the following individuals:

  • Rob Bedics, PECO (Excelon)
  • Scott Brown, Manager, Washington Gas
  • Buzz Fant, Director, Kinder Morgan
  • Josh Hinrichs, President, ELM Locating
  • Sean Nicholson, Vice President, Michels Corporation
  • Ron Peterson, Executive Director, NULCA
  • Eric Swartley, Director, UGI Utilities
  • Dennis Tarosky, President, Utiliquest
  • Dustin Ziere, Director, USIC

For more information on this committee, its progress or work, or how to get involved, please contact:

  • Rick Galyean, Program Liaison (Executive Director, Gold Shovel Standard;   Email Rick Galyean)

The Need For Standardized Metrics

The Need For Standardized Metrics

Dramatic reductions in the frequency of line strikes will remain elusive unless all parties continuously improve and measurements underpin continuous improvement. Standardizing the measurement process is an overdue first step to drive performance improvement and increase public and workforce safety. To achieve this ambitious plan, Gold Shovel Standard is working with balanced teams of damage prevention experts to draft, refine and broadly deploy damage prevention metrics for all stakeholders.

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Third-Party Damage Reductions and Communities

Third-Party Damage Reductions and Communities

“Everybody’s third-party is somebody’s second-party.” Reducing line strikes associated with small excavators and third-parties persists as the top priority for all stakeholders in damage prevention. These are difficult reductions to influence, and yet they represent the single biggest risk to safety associated with excavation damage. Gold Shovel Standard Communities are novel and ambitious partnerships to attack this persistent and difficult challenge.

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ShovelSafe™

ShovelSafe™

Increasing safety is impossible without the right tools. Gold Shovel Standard provides world-class technology to drive continuous improvement that reduces damages and increases public and workforce safety. Gold Shovel Standard’s ShovelSafe technology puts damages prevention at the fingertips of business leaders, giving them the tools to drive continuous performance improvement. ShovelSafe is world-class technology for analyzing and tracking damage prevention performance.

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Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Pursuing the industry-wide goal of zero incidents requires comprehensive, systematic use of Safety Management Systems. Pipeline and other energy companies, and along with the regulatory community have recognized the critical importance of SMS. Broad adoption of Damage Prevention-Safety Management Systems (DP-SMS), which are safety management systems specifically tailored for damage prevention is a necessary ingredient to achieve that industry-wide goal of zero incidents.

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