ICUEE and Common Ground Alliance Prepare for 811 Day

safe diggingIn partnership with the Common Ground Alliance, ICUEE is encouraging safe digging practices among all utility and construction companies, their employees and their customers as Aug. 11 approaches, otherwise known as 811 day.

The Common Ground Alliance has designated Aug. 11 as 811 day, not only due to the corresponding calendar day, but as a reminder to “call before you dig”. Research has revealed that if someone calls 8-1-1 before they dig, they have a 99 percent chance of avoiding an incident, injury, harm to the environment and even death. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (Owner and producer of ICUEE) is a proud member of the Common Ground Alliance and believes that knowing the importance of safe digging is crucial to successful and safe operating during a work or at-home project.

Safe Digging Best Practices Taught at ICUEE

Contrary to popular belief, safe digging, or lack thereof, is not a problem seen solely by at home do-it-yourselfers. Rather, it is an issue that contractors face just as often. Safely finding and avoiding utilities underground remains a priority of utility and construction companies. To better address the safety and operating concerns behind digging, ICUEE is hosting two field classroom sessions based on underground detection and vacuum excavating.

Mark Parilac, president of Planet Underground, will be hosting a field classroom event that is designed to help understand the best practices for damage prevention and safety while constructing and maintaining underground utilities. Attendees will gain insight on electromagnetic tools and techniques to detect and mark accurately.

Alex DuDevoire, of Clean Harbors-Lonestar West Services, is hosting a field classroom session introducing attendees to vacuum excavating. The session shows how to safely find and see utilities underground that may not otherwise be visible. “If you have yet to adopt vacuum excavation or hydro excavating in your fleet and are interested in understanding the applications, equipment, and use cases, this walking classroom will provide a basic overview for those new to its use in utility work and construction,” said John Somers, senior director, utility at AEM.

Whether you consider yourself a construction or utility pro or not, the fact remains that the single most important step any contractor can take is to have the approximate location of buried utilities marked before digging. Whether you’re calling, clicking, or tapping 811, you could be saving lives. Always know what’s below, and call 811 before you dig.

You can see the latest equipment and technology for the utility and construction industries at ICUEE - The Demo Expo, Oct. 1-3, 2019 in Louisville, KY.

For more information, contact AEM’s John Somers (, tel: 414-298-4172).


The biennial ICUEE, International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition is known as The Demo Expo for its equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations.

It is the leading event for utilities and utility and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations and trends, focused on electric transmission and distribution, telecom, cable, natural gas, water and wastewater and vegetation management.

ICUEE owner and producer is Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers –