In Its Sixth Year, Safe Digging Month Still a Good Reminder to Call Before You
Calling 811 Helps Prevent Damages, Injuries and Unnecessary Repairs
NEW YORK, April 1, 2013
NEW YORK, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --This month Verizon marks the sixth
annual National Safe Digging Month, which serves as a timely reminder to
always call 811 before beginning any digging project.
"April Safe Digging Month is a great reminder of the importance of calling
811," said Diane McCarthy, Verizon's senior vice president of service delivery
and assurance. "This one call for any digging project, no matter how small,
can make the difference for our customers by protecting the Verizon network
from damage due to careless digging. As a service provider, Verizon also does
its part when others dig by accurately marking lines within the designated
National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by Congress, and has
traditionally earned the support of nearly every governor across the country.
As part of its safe digging campaign, Verizon distributes hats, gloves and
other promotional items with the 811 logo to Verizon field operations
personnel who have cable locating, maintenance and emergency repair
responsibilities; outside plant engineering personnel who are responsible for
construction, protection, location and permanent restoration activities; and
excavators, locators, municipal employees and right-of-way providers with whom
Verizon works. In addition, the company is outfitting its fleet vehicles with
811 bumper stickers.
Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient
outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call
to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden
are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after a
call to 811.
"As April marks the traditional start of digging season, we are using this
month to strongly encourage individuals and companies to call 811 before they
begin digging," said Bob Kipp, president of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA).
"By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked,
homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help
keep them and their communities safe and connected."
The CGA is a member-driven association dedicated to ensuring public safety,
environmental protection, and the integrity of services by promoting effective
damage prevention practices.
When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local
one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the
intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging
site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint
or both. Every eight minutes an underground utility line is damaged because
someone decided to dig without first calling 811.
Verizon joins the CGA and its 1,400-plus members across the U.S. to highlight
811, which was established in 2005 by the Federal Communications Commission to
prevent the unintentional strikes of underground utility lines while digging.
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