Ah, spring. Time for digging. Digging in the garden, digging in the yard, digging along the roadways.
But, as DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) reminds us, it is NOT time for digging into pipelines and other undergound utlities.
Thanks to the stimulus funds this will be the busiest public works season in a while. Sidewalks and highways and bridges and gardens and lawns all involve excavation. So, now is a good time for everyone--road crews and the public alike--to remember that what you can't see can hurt you.
34% of all serious pipeline incidents between 1998 and 2008 were caused by excavation damage. One single call to 811 can eliminate that risk. One single call.
Please call 811 before you put your first shovel or backhoe into the
ground. 811 connects you with your local utility companies who will
mark the location of pipelines and other underground utilities.
Calling 811 is simple and can save you from causing an explosion. It can save your life, the life of a co-worker and the lives of our citizens.