With the spring digging season here, WORKSAFELY™ wants to remind contractors to always request a locate to ensure underground utility lines are marked before digging. Each year, damage to buried utilities costs Canadians more than $1 billion.
Striking a single line can cause costly repairs, fines and inconvenient outages. Worse, it can cause serious injury and, in rare cases, death. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, requires a visit to ClickBeforeYouDigmb.com.
During April and throughout the year, we remind homeowners and professional contractors alike to “click before you dig” to minimize the risk of striking an underground utility line. It really is the only way to Know What’s Below.
The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, including erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. That means the risk of striking an underground utility line exists even when digging a few inches.
The “Click Before You Dig” campaign’s goal is to keep Manitobans safe by reducing preventable damages through streamlining locate requests via a one-call notification system. Requesting a utility locate is the first step to a safe excavation.