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2017 Canadian DIRT Report

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Ground Disturbance is an important aspect of workplace safety that is gaining more attention all the time. Last year, we published a new course called “The Hole You Dig: Ground Disturbance Gone Wrong” to help students understand the importance of digging safely and avoiding causing damage to underground facilitites. The Canadian DIRT Report can add to that understanding, by helping to draw a picture of the scale of ground disturbance related damages in our provinces.

The Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) is an initiative of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) designed to capture data following reports of damage to buried facilities from excavation activities. DIRT allows industry stakeholders to submit data anonymously to a comprehensive database. The database is used to identify the characteristics, themes and contributing factors leading to damages. Such findings are summarized in an annual DIRT report.

This report, prepared for the Canadian CGA by Green Analytics, provides a summary and analysis of the reported damages occurring in Canada during 2017. Damage is defined as ‘any impact or exposure that results in the need to repair an underground facility due to a weakening or the partial or complete destruction of the facility, including, but not limited to, the protective coating, lateral support, cathodic protection, or the housing for the line, device, or facility.’

In 2017, seven Canadian regions reported damages via the DIRT system – British Columbia, Alberta, Saksatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Region.