Utility Safety Training

VISTA Training has been focused on providing safety training products and services to electric, water and gas utilities and underground construction contractors for over 20 years. Our Start Smart Training™ is a trusted brand for contractors and utilities alike. We offer a sizable catalog of utility training programs that are tailored to the needs of utilities and underground contractors.

VISTA is deeply involved with major utility industry organizations, including long-standing partnerships with the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) and the American Public Works Association (APWA). We have also produced utility location and safety training programs for several state organizations that are members of the Common Ground Alliance.

In short, utility safety training is a core part of what we do.

NEW: OSHA Excavation Safety Orientation (e-learning or classroom)

This interactive, 60-90 minute pictorial-based course teaches workers how to recognize safety and health hazards when working in and around excavators and trenches and how to protect themselves and others from hazards. View the 3 minute summary video.

NEW: NUCA Pipe Layer Installation Training Series now available online

Pipe laying is a competitive, high-production business. An efficient crew can help your company to win more bids and get more jobs. To reach this level of performance, teamwork is critical.

The Pipe Layer Installation Training series from VISTA and the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) covers the fundamentals of water and sewer pipe facilities installation using modern equipment and utility safety technologies. These programs can help your crews to work together safely and productively.

This important series of utility training programs is now available online for instant access.

Gas Meter Change-out Safety Video

VISTA is pleased to be the sole distributor of the new Protecting Yourself from Injuries: Gas Meter Change-out Guide, produced by the Consortium for Advanced Research in Gas Industries (CARGI) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Created for gas utility employees and contractors, it describes the best ways to prevent injuries while performing residential and industrial/commercial gas meter installation, service and repair.

Basic Heavy Equipment Operator Training - the Silver Series

VISTA's Silver Series training programs cover basic machine operation and safety principles in approximately one hour - perfect for new operator orientation and refresher training. These training programs are delivered via web browser and can be accessed on demand, 24x7.

Track Excavator - Operation & Safety
Wheel loader - Operation & Safety
Motor grader - Operation & Safety
Dozer - Operation & Safety
Articulated Haul Truck - Operation & Safety
Heavy Equipment - Intro & Safety
Heavy Equipment - Pre-Use Inspection
Due Diligence - Alberta
Transporting Equipment

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Instructor kits - everything but the trainer!

VISTA instructor kits provide you with professionally-designed training programs you can use to get your utility workers up to speed quickly. All you have to do is provide the trainer. These kits take care of everything else!

Backhoe Loader Instructor Kit
Crawler Dozer Instructor Kit
Wheel Loader Instructor Kit
Crawler Excavator Instructor Kit
Wheeled Excavator Instructor Kit
Crawler Loader Instructor Kit
Motor Grader Instructor Kit
Road Crew Safety Instructor Kit
Skid Steer Loader Instructor Kit
Scraper Instructor Kit
Aerial Bucket Truck Instructor Kit
Rigging & Lifting Instructor Kit
Theft & Vandalism Prevention Instructor Kit
Transporting Construction Equipment Instructor Kit

Training videos

Here is a partial list of the utility safety training videos and DVDs that are available in our online store - perfect for all of your utility training needs.

Trenching and excavation

  • NUCA Excavation Safety Orientation
  • Construction Trenching and Shoring
  • Installing Trench Boxes
  • Installing Hydraulic Shoring
  • Trench Emergency
  • In the Trenches: Excavation Safety for Workers
  • Confined space in Construction


  • Seeing is Believing: Safely Exposing Buried Utilities

General operator safety

  • Hand Signals for Construction Equipment
  • Getting the Job Done Safely (worker orientation
  • On Again, Off Again - mounting and dismounting heavy equipment

Digging dangers

Click here to view the complete list of Digging Dangers videos we have available.

Tips from the pros

  • Backhoe Loader
  • Crawler Dozer
  • Crawler Excavator
  • Wheel Loader

Purchase these training programs in our convenient online store

Affordable PC-based simulators

PC-based simulators from VISTA are a trusted and cost-effective way of improving traditional utility equipment operator training programs. They provide vital hands-on experience to trainees in a safe, instructionally-designed environment.

Hydraulic Excavator
Wheel Loader
NEW: Crawler Dozer

Contact us for more information

For more information about VISTA's utility training services, please contact us at 800-942-2886 or 262-514-2886 or via e-mail at info@vista-training.com.

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VISTA offers a wealth of training programs and services for utility contractor training, electric utility training and water utility training
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