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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?...

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...

We have created our “KNOW Before You Dig” Blog to provide the excavation industry with information to help everyone stay safe on the job, and to improve safety cultures within organizations.

Grant Piraine, President of OWN Your Safety shares how his organizations is taking a comprehensive approach to Utility Infrastructure Awareness Training and Education to keep people safe and reduce risk for organizations

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