Volume 2 - Issue 7 - June 6, 2006
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Damage Information Reporting Tool


AGC is proud to be the sole construction industry sponsor of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), a coalition of stakeholders to the one-call process dedicated to public and worker safety and enhancing the protection of underground infrastructure.  CGA's Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) collects incident data from stakeholders to improve safety and facility reliability.  AGC volunteers were instrumental in obtaining recognition of contractor downtime as a legitimate damage for reporting purposes.  Data for the 2005 report must be collected by June 30th and AGC is urging their members to register and report. 

To learn the simple steps to report incidents, near incidents and contractor downtime securely and confidentially visit www.cga-dirt.com.

How many damages occur each year?
What are the primary causes of damages and near misses?
Are these events increasing or decreasing – and why?
Are some educational campaigns more effective than others?

These are some of the many difficult questions that remain unanswered due to the lack of data on a national level.  Being able to answer these questions remains a necessary step in ensuring the safety and protection of people and the infrastructure.  To begin to address some of these questions, CGA's stakeholders have focused on developing a method for national data collection.   CGA has launched DIRT (www.cga-dirt.com) - a secure web application for the collection and reporting of underground damage information.  DIRT allows users to submit damage and near miss reports; browse files submitted by the user’s organization; administer role-based company and user information; edit personal profiles; change/retrieve password; and submit feedback and questions. 

Purpose of Data Collection
The primary purpose in collecting underground facility damage data is to analyze data, to learn why events occur, and how actions by industry can prevent them in the future; thereby, ensuring the safety and protection of people and the infrastructure.   Data collection will allow the CGA to identify root causes, perform trend analysis, and help educate all stakeholders so that damages can be reduced through effective practices and procedures.  

The CGA's purpose is to reduce underground facility damage, which threatens the public's safety and costs billions of dollars each year. In order to better understand where, how and why these damages are occurring, we require accurate and comprehensive data from all stakeholders. The data will be analyzed and our findings will be issued via comprehensive reports.   The data will NOT be used for enforcement purposes or to try and determine damage liability. The individual identities of parties involved with records submitted will be kept confidential.

In order to fully understand the complex issues surrounding underground facility damage on a national scale, thorough analysis of a large volume of statistical data is required.  Although numerous agencies of various types and sizes have tracked similar data elements, there has been no prior coordinated analysis that represents all of the stakeholder groups. 

Getting Started

1.                  Review "DIRT Documents" posted to gain knowledge of the development of DIRT. 

2.                  Click on "DIRT Q&A" to review specific user questions.

3.                  Review Registration Overview and visit www.cga-dirt.com to begin the process. 

4.                  Begin submitting data. 

For more information on AGC’s work with the CGA or how to use the DIRT tool, contact Stu Megaw at 703/837-5321 or megaws@agc.org.

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