Volume 3 - Issue 12 - June 12, 2007
 
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811 Know what's below. Call before you dig.
DIRT
DAMAGE INFORMATION REPORT DEADLINE APPROACHING
Excavation Damage Prevention Initiative
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  DAMAGE INFORMATION REPORT DEADLINE APPROACHING

The deadline to submit information into DIRT for 2006 is rapidly approaching! All 2006 data must be submitted by June 30, 2007 to be included in the 2006 report.

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, CGA requires 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 the "DIRT Documents" posted to gain knowledge of the development of DIRT and the submission process. 
  2. Click on "DIRT Q&A" to review specific user questions addressed by the Data Reporting & Evaluation Committee.
  3. Review the Registration Overview and visit www.cga-dirt.com to begin the process. 
  4. Begin submitting data. 

Excavators have molded this effort significantly but are at a disadvantage when it comes to reporting.  Owners are required to compile this information by law and can enter large numbers of reports.  Excavators can also enter reports but are less likely to do so since they are not required to compile this information and would do so piecemeal. Success stories for the contractor include AGC volunteer efforts to have contractor downtime recognized as a legitimate damage for reporting purposes.  For the 2005 report, underground facility owners/operators as a group submitted 91.2% (47,060), while state regulatory agencies submitted 6.0% (3,110). The excavator, locator, road builder, insurance and other stakeholder groups combined submitted 2.8% (1,430). Nonetheless, the DIRT report suggests that a lack of notification occurs twice as often with the “occupant/farmer” excavator rather than the contractor/developer excavator group.  This indicates public awareness programs such as 811 are key to improving damage prevention.  AGC strongly encourages excavators to report using the DIRT tool. 

For more information visit www.cga-dirt.com or contact Stu Megaw at 703/837-5321 or megaws@agc.org.

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