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Ditch Witch of Oklahoma Joins "We Dig Schools" Team To Educate Students
Ditch Witch of Oklahoma recently teamed with Chesapeake Midstream Partners and Call Okie to create "We Dig Schools," an educational program that teaches elementary students the importance of pipeline safety and calling 811 before digging to avoid utility service interruption and injury.
The hour-and-a-half program teaches students about the science of line locating, what types of cables and pipelines are typically buried underground, how to identify a pipeline leak by using their senses, and how to interpret a pipeline marker.
Students also receive a hands-on experience through supervised exploration of emergency vehicles and a Ditch Witch SK650 compact tool carrier, which can be used in a variety of utility installation projects. "We Dig Schools" program participants also received a visit from Okie, the Call Okie gopher mascot.
During the months of March and April 2012, the "We Dig Schools" team traveled to four schools around Oklahoma: KIPP Tulsa, Waynoka Elementary School in Waynoka, Horace Mann Elementary School in Oklahoma City, and West Elementary School in Weatherford.
"It’s never too early to educate people about the importance of calling 811 before they dig anywhere, whether they’re installing a pipeline or planting a tree," says Megan Lamerton of Ditch Witch Oklahoma. "This program has the right balance of fun and education to convey a message that these kids will take to heart."
Call Okie—Oklahoma One-Call System, Inc.—is a non-profit safety and damage-prevention program designed to promote public awareness and provide a communication link between excavators and operators of underground facilities.
Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Midstream Partners is a limited partnership formed by Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Global Infrastructure Partners to own, operate, develop and acquire midstream energy assets in the United States.
For more information about Ditch Witch products, please call 800-654-6481 or visit www.ditchwitch.com.
The Ditch Witch organization specializes in the design and manufacture of high-quality underground construction equipment. The company is a one-stop source for trenchers, vibratory plows, pneumatic piercing tools, backhoes, electronic guidance and locating tools, horizontal directional drilling systems, drill pipe, downhole tools, vacuum excavation systems, pipe-bursting systems, excavator-tool carriers, compact utility loaders, and the Zahn family of power utility equipment.
All of these products are recognized around the world for their advanced design, rugged construction, long-term durability, ease of use, and reliability. This product line represents the most complete range of equipment for installing utilities underground.
The Ditch Witch name is one you can trust for your equipment and financial needs. Ditch Witch Financial Services (DWFS) is a full-service provider, offering a wide variety of finance and lease options to meet your individual requirements.
Construction professionals can find more details about products, event updates, special financing offers, videos and other informative special features on the Ditch Witch organization's Facebook and Twitter pages, and the company’s YouTube channel.
For more information about Ditch Witch products, please call 800-654-6481 or visit ditchwitch.com.
Article Date: 2012-05-29
Source: Ditch Witch
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