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Committee Mission

Mission:  This committee coordinates efforts in SAFE DIGGING Practices and does so by holding the Lester Feathers Damage Prevention Award every year at the Fall Conference.


Each year at the fall conference we have a skit to award our prizes.  Please enjoy this video as a sample of what our safety committee puts together to make this a fun presentation:


Committee News & Information


 2015 Lester Feathers Golden Backhoe Winners
City of Thomasville Water Distribution








2014 and 2013 GUCC Lester Feathers Winners- City of Thomasville Water Crew


2012 Lester Feathers Award Winners- City of Winder Water Distribution

2012 Lester Feathers Winner- City of Winder, Water Distribution

2012 SafetyCommitteeSkitPlayers
The Safety Committee Not Ready for Prime Time Actors
A cute skit helps present the Regional Winners


Each year the GUCC Safety Committee promotes safe digging practices throughout the State of Georgia. The Golden Backhoe winner can be from contracting companies of all types, municipalities, gas companies, electrical companies and water/sewer companies and etc., this list goes on. This Award is not limited to a chosen few. Anyone person and or crew/company that digs can qualify for this exemplary award. The nomination forms are filled out and submitted to the GUCC Safety Committee Chairman, at the end of August of each nominating year. From this list, one company and or crew is chosen as a winner of the Golden Backhoe Award from each D.O.T. Regions. Out of these 7 D.O.T. Regions of the Golden Backhoe Winners, The" Lester E. Feathers Damage Prevention Award" is chosen and is awarded to the crew/company that has outshined the others and has gone that one step further to make sure they maintained a high level of safety throughout the year in keeping their men and women safe.

The Safety Committee announces the winners of the Golden Backhoe Award and the Lester E. Feathers Damage Prevention Award with a fun and creative program that presents the winners to audience of the conference attendees, we recognize the winner from each region and applaud their hard work in damage prevention, this program is the highlight of the Fall Conference. We believe that one should be awarded for damage prevention and in keeping safe.

Our Committee celebrates the winner of the "Lester E. Feathers Damage Prevention Award" with commemorative shirts and a dinner in their honor at a local restaurant in their hometown. 

The GUCC Safety Committee is very proud to present this program each year, we believe in "Keeping Georgia Safe and Connected".


Committee Chairman
Donnie Murphy
Amec Foster Wheeler

Committee Member List