Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett today proclaimed April 2017 as “Safe Digging Month” to create awareness of smart and safe digging practices.
Telecommunications, water mains, sewer lines and, in some cases, electricity lines are buried beneath the ground and out of the public eye so it is important to “click before you dig.” Following safe-digging protocols helps prevent injuries, damage to infrastructure and inconvenient outages.
Uncontrolled digging can lead to interrupted service for emergency response, which can lead to injury or even death. The “click before you dig” campaign reminds us that these disturbances are avoidable. Determining where underground lines are and marking them helps ensure safe digging.
Across Canada April is Dig Safe Month. Here in B.C. the B.C. Common Ground Alliance is in full support of the “click before you dig” campaign as it strives to ensure the highest level of worker safety, public safety and damage prevention is being achieved.