On December 5 & 6, 2018 almost 2,000 contractors gathered at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, MO for the 8th Annual Damage Prevention & Excavation Safety Summit. Missouri LICA is a Platinum sponsor for this event which offers free safety training to contractors, as well as a powerful trench collapse demonstration, heavy equipment displays, an exhibit hall, a locator rodeo, and an equipment rodeo, for which Missouri LICA members serve as judges. We want to offer our thanks to Tom Lawlor, Buddy Hostetter, Pat Jennings, Bryan McDaniel, Elwin Yoder, Bob Parks, Christopher McDaniel, Ozzie Wallace, Mike Smith, Matt Kujath, Larry LaFollette, and Greg Muenks for serving as our hosts and judges. And a very special “thank you” to Larry LaFollette and all the LaFollette Excavating crew who set up the rodeo, coordinated the excavation portion of the trench collapse demonstration, and cleared the hall following the Summit. Below are a few shots of this tremendous safety event.