CGA: Industry Safety Efforts Help Cut Excavation Damages In Half

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According to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), an organization co-founded by the American Gas Association (AGA) and dedicated to utility line damage prevention, excavation damages for all underground facilities have decreased by approximately 50 percent since 2004. This improvement is due in large part to work done by local natural gas utilities to promote the use of “Call 811,” the national number for people to call to locate utility lines before beginning any digging project, no matter how small. With excavation damage remaining the leading cause of pipeline incidents in the U.S., America’s natural gas utilities are committed to reducing their occurrence even further by urging communities to follow safe digging protocol and call 811 before beginning any kind of project that involves digging. Across the country, natural gas utilities are engaging innovative outreach campaigns to spread the word about safe digging in their communities.
  “Safety is the top priority for AGA and its member companies,” said AGA president and CEO Dave McCurdy. “The industry has multiple safeguards in place to protect our customers and our communities, but it is vital that we help ensure the public understands the need to take certain simple steps to save lives and property. Calling 811 is one of the easiest things people can do to help prevent unnecessary pipeline incidents – and it’s free.”
  AGA today also released a video to help children understand natural gas safety. McCurdy added: “While April is Safe Digging Month, the natural gas industry is focused on safe practices all year round. Helping children understand the tenets of natural gas safety is critical, and as they take those messages home to their families and friends we can reach an even wider audience with potentially lifesaving information.”