British Columbians are at serious risk when underground infrastructure such as buried gas lines, pipelines or hydro lines are struck or damaged because building contractors, homeowners and other excavators are not aware of the lines’ precise locations before digging. In BC, there are over 2,000 documented hits to underground infrastructure each year. Many more go unreported.
A contributing factor to damages is lack of awareness of the excavation rules in BC, particularly as they relate to natural gas lines. Most cases of worker and public safety risk and damage are completely avoidable/preventable. BCCGA, in collaboration with WorkSafeBC, FortisBC and Technical Safety BC has developed a video that demonstrates the procedures that can reduce the risk of injury and potential damages that are directly linked to the lack of hand exposing the underground.
Please share the safety video with your workers, co-workers and members.