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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...

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...

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