April is Dig Safe Month

ABCGA-logoIn January 2015, we officially became a member of the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA). The ABCGA is an open membership organization dedicated to improving worker safety, public safety, community safety, protection of the environment and preservation of the integrity of the infrastructure that provides goods and services that are essential to today’s society by identifying, validating and promoting the adoption of effective ground disturbance and damage prevention practices.

ClickBeforeYouDig_383C&KWith over 57,000 locate requests already this year, it is imperative that like-minded organizations work together to ensure that all ground disturbances are conducted only after a buried facility locate is done, respecting the locate marks, exposing any conflicting buried facilities and digging with care. Failure to Click, Tap or Call Before You Dig to have buried facilities identified and their locations marked prior to disturbing the ground is the most frequent cause of buried facility damages. The consequences of damage to buried facilities can include service disruptions, environmental contamination, property damage, personal injury and death.

The stakeholders in the buried facility damage prevention process – the digging community, buried facility owners and operators, buried facility locators, regulatory agencies, training providers and the one-call centre – all agree that the prevention of damage to buried facilities is a shared responsibility.

 

The organizations endorsing this initiative strongly advocate:

  • the need to Click, Tap or Call Before You Dig;
  • membership in Alberta One-Call by all buried facility owners and operators;
  • formal ground disturbance training for commercial ground disturbers; and
  • use of Alberta One-Call to request buried facility locates.

Dig-Safe-Canada-logo-Eng-lrgAs April is the traditional start-up of the annual digging season, the Alberta Common Ground Alliance, in partnership with Dig Safe Canada, proclaims April as DIG SAFE MONTH and encourages all ground disturbers to always Click, Tap or Call Before You Dig.

Alberta has a very comprehensive and complex infrastructure that provides essential goods and services to all Albertans. Each year there are numerous instances where the integrity of this infrastructure is jeopardized by improperly conducted ground disturbances. Failure to Click, Tap or Call Before You Dig to have buried facilities identified and their locations marked prior to disturbing the ground is the most frequent cause of buried facility damages.

The consequences of damage to buried facilities can include service disruptions, environmental contamination, property damage, personal injury and death.

Visit www.digsafecanada.ca for more information and follow @DigSafeCanada on Twitter and DigSafeCanada on Facebook.