Get Roped into All Things Utility Locating at the International Utility Locate Rodeo

Did you know that being skilled as a utility locator not only helps save lives by uncovering and marking utility lines so they are not damaged or disturbed but can be a lot of fun, too! Each year at the International Utility Locate Rodeo, utility locating technicians get the chance to prove they are the… Continue reading

Locate Your Utilities Before Outdoor Summer Yard Projects on Memorial Day

Finally summer is here with the arrival of Memorial Day weekend, and with all those extra outdoor activities you may be planning, we wanted to remind you to be sure to call 811 before doing any digging in the ground. Many people take the opportunity this weekend to work in the yard and get started… Continue reading

Putting Power Lines Underground: The Debate Rages on

As you watch your local power company cut back trees each year prior to winter storms and headed into the spring and summer growing season, many wonder why power lines are not yet buried underground. CNN took a look in an interesting story recently and here’s what they found. According to CNN, utility companies who… Continue reading

Butler University Named a Tree Campus USA

Baker-Peterson is a utility locating company based just outside of Indianapolis and we have a special love for Butler University, located right in the heart of the city. Butler was recently named a Tree Campus USA for its commitment to caring for its many beautiful trees. According to the student paper, the Butler Collegian, the… Continue reading

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Utilities and Utility Locating

Utility locating probably not something you think about very often, yet it is critically important to avoid series incidents when utilities are accidentally damaged. We’ve put together 10 fast facts about utility locating that you may not know: An underground utility line is damaged every eight minutes. – Common Ground Alliance 330,000 damage incidents related… Continue reading

How to Join in National Safe Digging Month to Build Awareness of Utility Locating

As we mentioned previously, April is National Safe Digging Month, an initiative of the Common Ground Alliance, a group that works with industry stakeholders to prevent damage to underground utilities and ensure public safety. A variety of activities take place throughout the month – both fun and educational – to spread the word about making… Continue reading

April Brings Spring and National Safe Digging Month

In just two weeks, we’ll be celebrating National Safe Digging Month, an initiative of the Common Ground Alliance dedicated to promoting the importance of utility locating prior to any digging in the ground. In order to “dig safely,” it’s important that everyone make a free call to 811. Calling 811 connects you to your state… Continue reading

How to Plant a Tree

Last week, we shared with you 7 wonderful reasons to consider planting a tree in your yard this year. If we convinced you, then you’re probably wondering how to get started! Here are the steps you’ll need to follow to properly plant a tree with some help from This Old House magazine: 1)      Plan the… Continue reading

7 Reasons to Plant a Tree

As the ground begins to thaw and the air begins to warm, those with green thumbs begin to dream of the day we can dig our hands into the dirt. As you begin mapping out your garden for the year, why not consider adding a tree? We’ve got 7 great reasons why! 1)      It’s pretty… Continue reading

Expert Witness Services in Utility Damage Cases

Despite everyone’s best intentions, sometimes accidents do happen, and when it involves utilities, the result can often be devastating. Gas explosions can cause complete destruction of properties as well as loss of life, as can contact with live electrical lines. Other times, utility damage causes great inconvenience and economic loss, such as cutting phone and… Continue reading