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Our Excavation Network reaches over 2,500 ground disturbers across BC…

The British Columbia Common Ground Alliance is a non-profit organization established to lead development of consistent practices and coordination of activities to ensure the highest possible standards of worker safety, public safety and damage prevention in connection with underground infrastructure.

The BC Common Ground Alliance is affiliated with the Common Ground Alliance in the United States and with other similar partner groups in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Safety is a Shared Responsibility.



NEB Guidance Document – Damage Prevention Guidance for Municipal Operations and Maintenance Activities

The National Energy Board (NEB) has issued a new guidance document – Damage Prevention Guidance for Municipal Operations and Maintenance Activities.

The NEB – Press Release is available.

The new guidance document is posted on the NEB website in the Safety and Environment tab, in the Damage Prevention section.

If you have any questions, please call toll free at 1-800-899-1265, or email

posted: September 26th, 2017

New WorkSafeBC Resource – Pipeline Construction Inspection Guide

WorkSafeBC has produced a new safety resource about constructing pipelines that may be of interest to your audiences.
The Pipeline Construction Inspection Guide is aimed at helping employers, owners and workers understand the key health and safety requirements for pipeline construction operations.
Alongside a glossary of terms, the guide lays out WorkSafeBC’s regulatory jurisdiction over pipelines and the specific obligations under that framework for owners, employers, prime contractors, suppliers, supervisors, and workers, as well as the relevant sections of the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
The guide also outlines the personal protective equipment (PPE) that is necessary for workers on pipeline construction projects and requirements for emergency response and first aid. Each phase of construction carries a particular set of health and safety considerations, and these are broken down in the following detailed overviews:
Pre-construction: includes falling of trees; skidding and removal of timber; clearing and stripping the right-of-way; trenching equipment and requirements; drilling, loading and blasting; mobile drills; firing procedures; and misfires;
Construction: includes mobile equipment and attachments; stringing; bending; welding; positioning; valves and fittings; pressure testing; and cleanup.
This resource is available in pdf form, or in printed infoflip format (4.23” by 8.27”), which can be ordered on
posted: September 21st, 2017

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For companies who disturb the ground in any way, our BC Ground Disturbance Seminar is important. We all want to stop hits on underground infrastructure and keep you, the public and the environment safe.

Next Workshops (Location & Dates):

  • Tuesday November 21, 2017 ~ FortisBC, Surrey Office –> Agenda — SOLD OUT!
  • Thursday November 23, 2017 ~ Ramada Hotel, Kelowna BC –> Agenda
  • Tuesday December 5, 2017 ~ FortisBC, Surrey Office – 2nd Session Tentative – Registration to come

To register call Global Training Centre at 1.855.321.3211 or or online at  Price is $145.

Attendees will receive 0.6 CEU’s through EOCP and BC Housing CPD Points.