It was announced by The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration that April has been designated as target=”_blank”>National Safe Digging Month.
Our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers in Asheville, Greensboro and Charlotte know that, with spring, comes plenty of outdoor projects — from planting trees to building a deck. Professional contractors are reminded that before doing any digging project remember to “Call Before You Dig”.
8-1-1 is a new, federally-mandated national number created to help protect do it yourself homeowners and professionals from digging into underground utility lines. Don’t make the foolish and potentially deadly mistake of not getting your utility lines marked before starting your digging project.
Never assume you know what is underground, even the smallest projects requires a call to 8-1-1. There could be multiple utility lines in a small area and the depth of utility lines varies a great deal. It is not worth the risk of injuries or death, fines and repair costs if you hit an underground utility line.
Who started the 811 campaign? Common Ground Alliance (CGA) was created to work with all industry stakeholders to ensure public safety and environmental protection and prevent damage to underground utility infrastructure.
CGA was officially formed in 2000 and represents an extension of the United States Department of Transportation’s Common Ground Study. This study saw a need for one agency to constantly monitor and update best practices among the growing underground utility industry.
CGA and its 1,400 members and sponsors continue to increase public awareness about protecting America’s massive underground infrastructure of cables, wires, conduits and pipelines.
How to call
It is simple, a few days before your project, call 8-1-1 from anywhere in the country. The call center operator will ask you what kind of project you are doing and where you are planning to dig. The call center will let your local utility companies know of your plans, and send someone out to mark your underground utility locations.
There are universal colors to mark underground utilities:
-Yellow: gas pipeline.
-Orange: communications, telephone, cable TV.
-Blue: potable water.
-Purple: reclaimed water.
-White: intended excavation site.
Local “Call Before You Dig” information:
Click to view North Carolina 811 site.
Click to view South Carolina 811 site.
If you are dealing with a work accident in North Carolina or are dealing with a worker’s compensation or disability claim, contact the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.