Marathon Pipe Line and Indiana 811 Celebrate 8/11 Day at Victory Field
Marathon Pipe Line LLC (MPL) and Indiana 811 teamed up to emphasize the importance of calling 811 to more than 8,000 Indianapolis Indians fans at Victory Field on Aug. 11 (8/11 Day). The first 811 fans at the ballpark received free 811 water bottles, and one lucky fan was chosen to compete on the field for a chance to win a $50 Marathon gas card. In addition, 811 public service announcements were played before the game. During the third inning, MPL Damage Prevention Analyst, Abbey Underwood, and Indiana 811 Director of Member and Public Relations, Chuck Muller, were interviewed by radio host Howard Kellman and thanked MPL landowners and emergency responders in Marion County, Ind., for helping to protect MPL pipelines. They also emphasized the safe digging message and how to make a free call to 811.
Also during the game, 27 MPL employees hosted a picnic for 215 MPL landowners and emergency responders. The event featured information booths on pipeline safety and MPL’s Pipeline Finder app (available on iOS and Android), a magician, 811 playing cards and free 811 goody bags.
“Events like these are a great way to spread the safe-digging message while working to further earn landowners’ trust, get to know them personally – and to thank them for protecting our pipelines,” said MPL Damage Prevention Supervisor, Karen Byers.
Vectren Spreads the 811 Message Through Yard Makeover Sweepstakes
This past spring, Vectren launched a social media campaign that reached more than 285,000 homeowners and professionals with the safe digging message by partnering with landscaping companies near Indianapolis, southern Indiana, and Dayton, Ohio. In each region, Vectren worked with the landscaping companies to promote an Ultimate Yard Makeover Sweepstakes through the landscapers' Facebook pages. More than 10,000 people signed up for a chance to win $5,000 worth of professional landscaping services to transform their yards, courtesy of Vectren. One winner from each region was selected to win. Below are before and after photos of the yard of one of the winners, Tanya Konerman of Bloomington, Ind.
Chuck Muller Celebrates 20 Years at Indiana 811
Congratulations to Indiana 811's very own Chuck Muller on his 20th anniversary with the organization! After first working as a contractor for several years, Chuck was hired by Asplundh as a full-time employee on August 28, 1995 as Publicity Director. When IUPPS changed vendors, Chuck became an employee of OCSI in October 1998. In January 2000, he was named Center Manager, a position which he held in addition to his public relations duties.
In his current role as Indiana 811's Director of Member and Public Relations, Chuck travels across the state to present the Indiana 811 message and the importance of safe digging to hundreds of different audiences.
Much to the dismay of his wife, Chuck extends his passion for damage prevention outside the confines of the 811 call center, and is known for stopping people on the street to hand them color code cards when he doesn’t see any signs of marking.
Common Ground Alliance Releases New DIRT Report
On 8/11 Day, Common Ground Alliance (CGA) released its 2014 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report, which analyzes the data submitted anonymously and voluntarily in 2014 by facility operators, utility locate companies, one call centers, and contractors and regulators. The 2014 DIRT Report found that damage to underground utilities can be avoided more than 99 percent of the time when an excavator notifies a one call center before digging, confirming the importance of contacting the local one call center as the simplest and easiest way to reduce damages. The 2014 DIRT Report also revealed that states that enforce a damage prevention law have lower rates of damages per locate request. To download the 2014 DIRT Report, click here.