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Excavation Safety Event for Monahans

Excavation safety will be the focus of Excavation Safety Day, which takes place every August 11.

The Midland College Petroleum Professional Development Center is participating in a special event at the Ward County Event Center in Monahans beginning at 8 a.m. The event is presented by the Texas Damage Prevention Council.

Safety Day on August 11 each year coincides with the phone number to call – 811 – before you dig.

“Partnering with Texas811 for Excavation Safety Day is a great opportunity for PPDC to expand our community outreach with the Texas Damage Prevention Council and STEPS while offering our safety and risk management courses to the public,” Erin Van Evera-Welch, Principal of Midland College PPDC, explained. “Our courses are open to the Permian Basin community and we offer continuing education to everyone, not just those who work directly in the oil industry.”

At the event, PPDC will present information on its Risk Management Institute security courses, which last half a day or up to five days.


Van Evera-Welch said safety topics include OSHA, CPR/AED/first aid courses for adults, children and infants, taught in English and Spanish. Courses are also offered in the International Association of Drilling Contractors’ SafeLand USA, H2S Clear and WellSharp Well Control program and IADC’s Basin United, which is conducted in English and Spanish.

The next courses will be offered on forklift training and incident/accident investigation, starting in September.

“We are always looking for new topics of interest that we can provide guidance on,” Van Evera-Welch told Reporter-Telegram via email. “We encourage companies in the sector to work with us so that we meet the development needs of their employees. We will be looking for Advisory Board members in the fall of 2022 and I encourage industry member companies to partner with the PPDC.

At the Monahans event, the center will also showcase information on the Permian Basin STEPS Network – Service, Transportation, Exploration and Production Safety. The group meets monthly in Carrasco Hall on the main campus of Midland College.,

Texas811 is a non-profit, member-driven organization, including more than 2,000 public and municipal service members. It serves all 254 counties in Texas offering 24-hour bilingual availability to notify member companies of planned excavations near underground utility lines.