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Two-time US Olympian gives account of how he was pronounced dead twice because of excavation accident that didn’t dial 811 prior to digging

Published on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 (3:19 p.m.)

MEDIA ADVISORY
Two-time US Olympian gives account of how he was pronounced dead twice because of excavation accident that didn’t dial 811 prior to digging

WHAT
HUNDREDS OF EXCAVATORS TO ATTEND EVENT HIGHLIGHTING DANGERS OF DIGGING BEFORE DIALING “811”

USA North 811 is holding a free safety BBQ seminar to educate hundreds of excavators on the importance of calling 811 before starting any digging project. The 811 hotline is a free service to obtain important information on what utilities exist beneath the excavation area. It is available to homeowners, excavators and professional contractors who plan to dig, grade, excavate or drill. In many cases, it is required by law to call 811 before digging.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Cliff Meidl, two-time US Olympian and excavation accident survivor
Sponsor Booths

WHO
Cliff Meidl, two-time US Olympian, Author, National Speaker
Ryan White, USA North 811, Board Liaison

Sponsors include: Badger Daylighting, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, Las Vegas Valley Water District, Nevada Common Ground Alliance, Southwest Gas, USA North 811

WHEN
Thursday, January 23
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE
Henderson Convention Center
200 S. Water St., Henderson, NV

WHY
USA North 811 and its members number one priority is SAFETY. Since the depth of natural gas, electric lines, water, sewer and other volatile lines buried underground can vary, USA North 811 wants residents of Nevada to know that even simple digging projects can cause damage. Contacting these lines can be extremely dangerous and even fatal.

CONTACT
Ryan White, USA North 811, Board Liaison (925) 586-9576

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