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Local man to compete in Utility Locate Rodeo
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Forsyth County News

Contact Georgia 811 by calling 811 or (800) 282-7411 at least 48 hours but no more than 10 working days in advance to have utility lines marked.
A Forsyth County man plans to compete Saturday in the ninth annual International Utility Locate Rodeo at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta.

According to Unibar Damage Prevention Group’s local office, James Warren of Cumming has entered the competition as an independent. Last year he was a division winner.

The event tests the skills of professionals who identify and mark the locations of underground utility lines with paint and/or flags so the lines are not struck by people digging near them.

In a statement, Unibar officials recognized Warren, whose job often goes unrecognized despite the fact that his work “goes a long way to protect our safety” and ensures that utilities go uninterrupted.

Georgia 811 and the National Utility Locate Contractors Association are sponsoring the International Utility Locate Rodeo, which is considered the pre-eminent underground utility location competition for locate technicians from the United States and Canada.

Rodeo participants compete in locating one type of facility — gas, power, telecom or water — and the winner is determined based on a variety of skill tests.

Georgia 811 is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preventing damage to the state’s underground utilities and promoting public safety.

It functions as a communication system, connecting member utility companies with professional excavators and homeowners who are planning mechanized digging activity such as excavation, tunneling, grading, boring and demolition.

Although state law does not require notifying Georgia 811 for smaller, non-mechanized digging projects, residents are encouraged to do so to ensure safety.

These projects can include installing a fence, deck, swingset and mail box or planting trees and landscaping.