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Special 3-part Series: Part II – Concerned Trucker Says “Slow Down Bear Bait!”


Topic: Concerned Trucker Says, “Slow Down Bear Bait”

Part II:   Not So Fast Speedie

Today we continue our 3 part “Dear YouDig?” Series to Highlight Highway Construction Safety.

Part I:  Be Bright! Live in the Light

Part III: Drop that Phone You Drunken Fool


Dear YouDig?,

I’m a Bull Hauler, and I’m infuriated. Whether I’m runnin’ to the Queen City, cruising to Mardi Gras, dumpin’ in the Dirty, crossin’ the Big Ditch or backslidin’ to the Big D, it never changes. Many times every day my convoy and I eyeball Bear Bait all over the Big Slab–especially in Destruction Zones!  Everyone from 4- Wheelers, Ant Eaters, Rooster Cruisers, Buster Browns, Pumpkins to Bed Buggers… say nothing of those crazy Crotch Rockets… are goin’ wild out there.

These Yahoos are puttin’ innocent lives in danger and need to Back It Down! Makes me want to pull up at the Rest-a-ree-a and call my momma. Tell me, fine sir, what is being done about Speedie?


-Guitar Gary, Nashville, Tennessee.


Special 3-part Series: Part I – Be Bright! Live in the Light

Topic: Be Bright! Live in the Light!


BULLETIN: Highway construction zones are among the most dangerous places on earth.

Today we begin our 3 part “Dear YouDig?” Series to Highlight Highway Construction Safety.

Part I:  Be Bright! Live in the Light

Part II:   Not So Fast Speedie

Part III: Drop that Phone You Drunken Fool


Dear YouDig?

I am  a highway patrol officer. It’s now road construction season. Most are enjoying the warmer weather and traveling to see friends and family. Sadly, every construction season we see catastrophic accidents in our interstate highway construction zones.

We were recently called to a nighttime scene where a couple in a sedan rear ended a slow moving dump truck while it hauled materials from a highway construction site. The contractor properly marked with reflective tape, all lights were working and the driver was operating the truck carefully. The truck, however, became progressively dirty throughout its trips. The reflective tape and lights were dimmed by mud and dust. Traveling across country, the couple was speeding, didn’t see the slow moving truck in time and could not avoid the collision. Tragically, both died from their injuries at the scene.

I know there are many construction zone safety laws… but still the accidents.  Any tips for contractors and the public?

-Stay Safe


Must be done on time? Don’t get burned!

Dear YouDig?

We decided to expand our plant to meet the needs of a major international customer. This is a game changer for us. We MUST have the expansion completed within 10 months in order to meet the client’s demands or WE LOSE THE DEAL.   We are about to sign off on a construction contract.  What can we do to assure that contractor finishes on time.

-Hot Seat


Millennials and The Future of Skilled Labor

Millennials and The Future of Skilled Labor


Dear YouDig?,

We are finding it extremely difficult to find quality workers in specialized trades. Our design team finds some amazing designs to install for our clients and we also find some specialized materials. Then we have trouble securing quality specialized installers.  Ultimately, we end up with budget issues, delays or sloppy workmanship that puts us at odds with our customer.  What is causing this?

-Got Talent?



The Oscars and Construction

Dear YouDig? Readers,

We Dig Oscar season.  Here are 10 of the Best Picture winners and how they may help remind us of some best practices to avoid legal pitfalls on construction projects. You Dig?

  1. The Sting (1973): Perform Your Due Diligence.

Watch out for booby traps and fake fronts.

  1. The Godfather (1972): Know Who You Are Dealing With.

You don’t want to “swim with the fishes.

  1. Forrest Gump (1994): Find a Purpose and Focus.

Find your “Jenny” to motivate the team.

  1. Gone with the Wind (1939): Establish Tight Job Site Security.

Put your things away so they don’t blow away.

  1. No Country for Old Men (2007): Be Tech-Savvy.

Air hammers are more powerful and accurate than handheld.

  1. Titanic (1997): Adjust Quickly to Changes.

Don’t sink the project by failing to adjust swiftly.

  1. West Side Story (1961): Play Nice with Your Project Partners.

Sharks and Jets must get along.

  1. The Deer Hunter (1978): Start Quickly, Work Efficiently and Finish On Time.

Don’t let your project become your Vietnam!

  1. Gladiator (2000): Revenge Is Best Served Cold.

Seek justice only for what is right.

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975): Don’t Burn Out

Escape from the asylum once in a while with your chums to get mind right.


John Swansinger is the author and founder of YouDig and is a partner in Buckingham, Doolittle & Burrough, LLC‘s real estate and construction practice group. He works with contractors, developers and construction owners on construction law issues including construction contracts, commercial agreements, construction litigation, subcontractor issues, insurance liability, breach of contract and more. He can be reached at or 216.615.7356.

YouDig is an online resource that connects the construction community with vital issues affecting the industry and is a component of the business law firm Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC that is specifically geared toward construction.