Survey Says ‘Do-It-Yourselfers’ Put Community’s Safety At Risk

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The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, announced results from a recent survey that found 49% of Americans who plan to dig this year will put their community’s safety at risk by not calling 811 to learn the approximate location of underground utilities.
  Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities increases the likelihood of an incident, which can cause serious injuries, service disruptions and repair costs. An underground utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes nationwide, and one-third of these incidents are caused because the digger did not call 811, according to CGA data.
  “The results of this survey are concerning because the math just doesn’t add up in safety’s favor,” said CGA President Bob Kipp.