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...

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...

Tech Spotlight: Click Before You Dig Mobile App

Tech Spotlight: Click Before You Dig Mobile App
Summary Just below the surface, in every city and town across North America, is a complex network of buried infrastructure comprised of cables, wires, water mains, sewer lines and of course pipelines. Every year uncontrolled excavation causes damages to innumerable underground facilities across Canada and the United States. In almost all cases essential public services are disrupted and tragically some of these incidents ultimately lead to inju...

The Shocking Truth About Electrical Safety

The Shocking Truth About Electrical Safety
  Fact: One person is electrocuted every day in the workplace.   Fact: Based on available statistics, it’s expected that the explosive energy released during an arc blast will send more than 2,000 North American electrical workers to burn centers each year. The sad thing is that most of these workers will not have been properly warned of the magnitude of the hazard — if they were ever warned at all.   Let’s face it being an el...