Incidents still happen*

It is essential that any excavation project includes the lodgement of a Dial Before You Dig enquiry as part of the process. The Dial Before You Dig service in Australia is a unique service. At this point in time, there is nothing quite like it in the world.

It is widely used throughout the nation and in recent years the number of people using the service has continued to grow.

The good news is, this means that more people are becoming aware of the importance of safe excavation.

Evidence from select utilities shows that this increased use of the service is resulting in reduced damages to assets. But it is important to note that incidents still occur, and on a far too regular basis.

Over the last year, a range of incidents, damages and near misses have occurred.

We have seen the country’s major telecommunications companies have services completely shut down across whole States and Territories.

There have been explosions from gas mains after being hit by roadwork crews, and high voltage electricity cables have been struck.

In a couple of these incidents, workers were very lucky to escape with their lives, and this is not to mention the costs involved for the organisations that cause the damage.

Using Dial Before You Dig is a very important part of avoiding incidents.

From the first planning stages of your project through to completion, it is vitally important that you use the service to help ensure that you don’t come into contact with our utility members’ vital and potentially dangerous underground infrastructure.

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