Colorado Public Works Journal, Fall/Winter 2022

60 Colorado Public Works Journal Trench Safety Summit, Wild Rodeo, Clay Shoot, Parties and 2023 Planning in Store for NUCA Colorado NATIONAL UTILITY CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION Christine Barnes On October 5th 500 construction professionals converged on the Adams County Fairgrounds with one common goal in mind, to learn more about trench safety and help prevent tragedy in the workplace. The North American Excavation Shoring Association (NAXSA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) partnered with local associations Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Colorado, Colorado Contractors Association (CCA), National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) of Colorado and Colorado 811 along with the 3 shoring companies in the state: National Trench Safety, Sunbelt Rentals and United Rentals to bring a full day of free trench safety training to as many industry professionals as would fit into the Waymire dome at the fairgrounds. The Trench Safety Summit boasted both indoor and outdoor training in the way of live industry professional speakers including the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, James Frederick; Ryan Jaffe, Secretary/Treasurer NAXSA; Steve Hanley, General Manager, CERDA Industries; Perry Silvey, Founder TEST (Trenching Excavating Safety Taskforce); Karl Trott, Vice President, Plug Technologies; and the North Metro Fire Department; The outdoor demonstrations including six stations were manned by industry professionals and several OSHA Representatives that taught Open Trench – Competent Person Review; Hydraulic Shoring Trench; Shielding Trench; Sloping and Benching; Traffic Control and Rigging. Spanish interpreters were also on hand to assist where needed throughout the day. Planning is already starting for next years big event! Let us know if you want to be involved. NUCA Colorado was able to bring back the Equipment Rodeo after a two-year hiatus due to COVID on Friday, October 14th. Wagner Cat/Wagner Rents hosted over forty operators with a barbeque and obstacle course in an afternoon of fun with three pieces of key industry equipment. First and second place winners were awarded cash prizes and the coveted belt buckle was given to first place winners as well. Ideas were shared and planning is already taking place for an improved 2023 rodeo. The annual Clay Shoot was held on Friday, October 21st at Kiowa Creek Shooting Club with more attendees than we have seen in a few years. Shooters had an exciting time on the course with a perfect weather morning. This event benefits our education and training for NUCA Colorado. First and second place teams were awarded as well as top shooter. We also had some great door prizes and all proceeds from the door prize ticket sales go to the NUCA Colorado Scholarship Fund. Our National Safety Damage Prevention Conference is being hosted by NUCA of Colorado this year in Denver at the Westin Downtown Denver on November 17-18. NUCA of Colorado is hosting a welcome happy hour on November 16th at Rock Bottom Brewery in the Red Rocks Room. The Safety/Damage Prevention Conference offers the unique opportunity for members involved in safety and damage prevention to hear from experts on a wide variety of topics that impact the industry and network with others from across the country. This conference also provides an opportunity to address and strategize how members can better navigate complex damage prevention issues. For more information and to register, go to Finally, NUCA of Colorado has scheduled our annual meeting and holiday party for Thursday, December 8th at the 17th by Magnolia Ballroom. The ballroom is in a historic bank building which is renowned for its amazing glass atrium ceiling. Formerly the lobby of the United States National Bank building. Members are encouraged to bring their partners/spouses and make it a date night in downtown. Hotel rooms and valet parking are both available at a discounted price. More details here NUCA of Colorado’s Board of Directors will hold their election in November/December to determine the new 2023 board of directors. Those directors will be ratified at the Annual Meeting. Both the 2022 and 2023 board of directors will meet for their end of year planning session and 2022 recap. This will round out the activities of the association. Onward and upward! The author Christine Barnes, is Executive Director of the Colorado Chapter of NUCA and can be contacted at