April is Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month

 

 

2022 PENNSYLVANIA 811 SAFE DIGGING MONTH CAMPAIGN

Safe Digging Month is an awareness initiative sponsored by Pennsylvania 811 for the month of April.

 

For fifty years Pennsylvania One Call's mission has been to prevent damage to underground facilities. To promote safety, we provide an efficient and effective communications network among project owners, designers, excavators, and facility owners. Since our inception in 1972, we have increased membership from 6 utilities in one county to over 3,700 underground facility owners and operators in all 67 counties. The service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The organization incorporated in 1978. The national 811 emergency number went live in 2008. Act 50 (2017) became effective on April 28, 2018, and the electronic "member mapping" service became a requirement for all members. In 2021, Pennsylvania 811 received close to 1,050,000 excavation notifications, and transmitted approximately 6.7 million notifications to their member facility owners and operators allowing essential utility and construction crews to provide vital underground services and repair to critical infrastructure to communities throughout Pennsylvania.

With the new infrastructure improvement bill approved, Pennsylvania 811 and its members are anticipating a significant increase in  call volume within the next five-years. We encourage you to get involved by promoting safe digging practices within your community to help us change behavior. Safe Digging is a shared responsibility among excavators, homeowners, facility owners, and municipalities. The call before you dig process helps to prevent injuries, property damages, inconvenient utility outages, and fines. 

Traditionally outdoor projects start in the spring. Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month serves as a reminder to all excavators and homeowners to call 811 at least 3 business days before you dig, so that the approximate location of their underground utility lines can be identified and marked by facility owners.