RSS Feed

KNOW Before You Dig Recent Posts

We have a complex utility locate system in Ontario with many regulations, standards, guidelines and best practices that employers and workers must follow to ensure they are working safely near buried utility lines. Many of these documents state that you must hand dig w...

Last year in Ontario there were 5,042 reported damages to buried utility infrastructure that resulted in an estimated $600 million in societal cost expenditures, according to the 2018 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report.

This Report indicated that the d...

In 2003, Ontario witnessed an increase in public awareness as a result of the tragic Bloor Street incident, where 7 people lost their lives due to a gas line that was struck by an excavator. Consequently, the utility industry called out for a more thorough set of regul...

Every time we give a presentation about the differences between public and private locates, someone never fails to ask the question: “If I hire a private locator, who is responsible for a damage if a privately-owned buried facility was missed during the private locate?...

February 6, 2019

If you are an asset owner and/or someone who hires and directs the work of excavation subcontractors, how do you know if a worker excavating on you project is competent?

We have a complex public and private locate system here in Ontario. If not managed properly, the res...

November 2, 2018

From a technical perspective, the public and private locate processes by which public and private utilities are physically traced and marked are very similar; in fact, the locate equipment, procedures and operational requirements are virtually the same. However, the pr...

August 21, 2018

***ALERT Commercial Property Owners*** Do you know the role you play in the public and private locate process when someone is digging on your property? Are you aware of the steps you need to follow to reduce the risk of damages near the buried utility infrastructure th...

July 26, 2018

When working on an excavation project, the excavator is required by law to have the public locate reports available for review. For many years the acceptable format has been paper. The TSSA required the following for paper locate reports:

  • Minimum size of 8.5 x 11 in...

July 12, 2018

At almost every in-class training session that OWN Your Safety delivers, we are asked the same question: “What’s the most important thing that I can do to ensure I don’t strike a buried utility line?” – My first response is always KNOWing before you dig is critical in...

June 27, 2018

Its our pleasure to announce that Jim Douglas has joined OWN Your Safety (OYS) as Vice President of Damage Prevention. Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to OYS and we are extremely excited that he has joined our family.

Jim's career spans over the 44 yea...

Please reload

Please reload

Archive

Please reload

Tags