February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2


Cliff Meidl’s Personal Mission: Your Safety

It is near impossible to find a better representative speaking for the underground construction industry than Cliff Meidl, a kayaker whose heroic triumph over adversity brought him such acclaim that he was nominated to lead Team USA at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Meidl is a man literally on his third or fourth life. Once you read his remarkable story, decide for yourself what still keeps this 50-year-old Californian ticking. We return to 1986 when Meidl suffered near-fatal injuries in a trenching accident.  P&GJ: Cliff, how were you hurt?    Meidl: I was operating a jackhammer when I struck three buried power lines with 4,160 volts and received a severe elec

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