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Jim Douglas Joins OWN Your Safety

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 years working with the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) and Enbridge. As the President and CEO, Jim led the ORCGA to unparalleled success in the damage prevention industry including the management and implementation of 13 Geographical Councils across Ontario; 8 versions of the ORCGA’s Underground Infrastructure Damage Prevention Best Practices, 7 versions of annual DIRT report; Damage Prevention Technician Program;

OWN Your Safety Encourages Industry To ‘Know Your Safety’ Before You Dig

OWN Your Safety president, Grant Piraine sat down with Daily Commercial News to discuss the need in the industry for a safety course dedicated to utility infrastructure awareness. Check out this great article. While many are familiar with the phrase “call before you dig,” when it comes to underground utility infrastructure, it’s about “knowing before you dig,” states the president of Own Your Safety Inc., an organization that offers Utility Infrastructure Awareness (UIA) education and training for the ground disturbance industry. “It’s knowing how to interpret those locate reports and those marks, understanding your site, your surroundings and what is buried in the ground even before you ca

The Challenges of Private Locates

Requesting public locates for your excavation project is a complex process with many parties having a definitive role before you can excavate. The private locate process is just as equally complex, however, there is little to no information available for excavators to learn about private utility infrastructure and it’s complex locate process. Many excavation companies and their workers learn about private locates the hard way, and by that time, everyone is scrambling to figure out why they have a damage. Private locates are similar to public locates, but very different in their execution, and there many factors that increase the risk of not finding all the private buried utility infrastructu

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