Press Releases

Gold Shovel Association Expands Board of Directors, Elects Board Officers

November 17, 2020

Gold Shovel Association and Oropala sign new agreement; GSA completes restructuring

August 28, 2019

Gold Shovel Association Appoints Cheryl Campbell As Its New Executive Director

April 9, 2019

Gold Shovel Standard Welcomes Mel Christopher to its Board of Directors

October 24, 2018

Gold Shovel Standard Welcomes Josh Hinrichs to its Board of Directors

October 16, 2018

Southwest Gas Corporation Joins Gold Shovel Standard

October 10, 2018

Carmel, IN Joins Growing Number of Gold Shovel Standard Communities

May 1, 2018

Gold Shovel Standard Announces National Safety Speaker and Olympian Cliff Meidl as Keynote Speaker At April 10th Meeting

March 19, 2018

Gold Shovel Standard Adopts Excavator Metrics Committee Recommendations For Standardized Damage Prevention Measurements

September 20, 2017

Gold Shovel Standard Commemorates 8/11 Day By Working With Michigan Municipalities to Create GSS Communities

August 15, 2017

Sacramento Is The First City In California To Become A Member Of the Gold Shovel Standard

July 20, 2017

Gold Shovel Standard Adds Kevin Miller To Its Board of Directors

May 24, 2017

Gold Shovel Standard Salutes Tenth Annual National Safe Digging Month

March 31, 2017

Gold Shovel Standard adds Carolinas AGC executive, Allen Gray to Board of Directors

October 13, 2016

Gold Shovel Standard adds Quanta Services executive, Mike Kemper to Board of Directors

September 23, 2016

Gold Shovel Standard certifies Dig Safely New York’s Certified Excavator Program

June 30, 2016

Con Edison, Orange & Rockland Join Gold Shovel Excavation Safety Program

May 10, 2016

Dominion Virginia Power, Kinder Morgan, Pacific Gas and Electric and Xcel Energy join Gold Shovel Standard

March 22, 2016

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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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. ShovelSafe from Oropala 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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