Saturday, March 17, 2012

Common Ground Alliance: Advocates for safe digging

Safe digging is a shared responsibility between many stakeholders, including utilities, landowners, contractors, locators, public safety and regulatory officials. Getting on the same page is a continual challenge, so it's best to get ahead of the game.

If you're not already involved, the Common Ground Alliance is a non-profit stakeholder group in Canada and the United States which advocates best practices and partnerships, with local chapters in most provinces and states. It's Best Practices, currently in Version 9.0, is a set of standards for safe digging developed by consensus between representatives from member stakeholder groups. These standards were referenced often in last year's team efforts to re-write South Carolina's underground utility safety laws.

The South Carolina chapter holds its quarterly meeting Monday at 10 at the SC811/PUPS offices in Columbia. As the current Vice-Chair and one of the charter members, I encourage you to get involved.


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