National 811 Day. Please Call Before You Dig!

National 811 Day. Please Call Before You Dig!
August 11 is National 811 Day. This is a day where corporations, industry professionals, excavators, homeowners, the public and even children alike are reminded of the importance of why you should always Call Before You Dig. Much focus is placed on the phrase Call Before You Dig to build awareness about the risks and inherent dangers that exist if you don't call before you dig. Now here is the facts courtesy of Call811.com; Digging without knowi

CSA-Z247 Evolution of Ground Disturbance

CSA-Z247 Evolution of Ground Disturbance
On May 26th the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) published CSA Z247-15 entitled “Damage prevention for the protection of underground facilities”. Although this is not the first step in the evolutionary progression of ground disturbance, it is most definitely a positive step in the right direction to in the overall prevention of damage to buried infrastructure. For many years now industry has used the term “Ground Disturbance” to describe the digging...

Survey finds that nearly half of homeowners who plan to dig this year will put themselves and others at risk – Call 811

Survey finds that nearly half of homeowners who plan to dig this year will put themselves and others at risk – Call 811
Making a free call to 811 before digging for landscaping and other projects can prevent damage to underground utility lines and keep communities safe The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, today announced results from a recent survey that found nearly half (45 percent) of American homeowners who plan to dig this year fo...

811 Reaches Masses through Victor Espinoza Partnership

811 Reaches Masses through Victor Espinoza Partnership
811 Reaches the Masses through Victor Espinoza Partnership Dear CGA Members: We hope you joined the 10 million NBC viewers and more than 100,000 spectators at Pimlico Race Course in watching jockey Victor Espinoza once again ride the “Call 811” message to an incredible victory at the 140th Preakness Stakes this afternoon! In addition to the race coverage, TV stations, newspapers and websites across the country are likely to feature photos that promi...

Are You Digging Your Own Grave?

Are You Digging Your Own Grave?
488 workers have died in trenching or excavation cave-ins over the past 9 years—an average of 54 fatalities per year 64% of fatalities in trenches occurred at depths of less than 10 feet 68% of those fatalities occurred in companies with fewer than 50 workers 46% of the deaths occurred in small companies with 10 or fewer workers Lack of a protective system is the leading cause of trench-related fatalities Most incidents involve excavation work...
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