2015 Meeting Schedule

The face to face Member / Board meeting dates for 2015 is as follows: Thursday, February 5, 2015 Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Thursday, June 4, 2015 Thursday, October 1, 2015 The Board Operations Conference Call updates will be held on: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Wednesday, May…

2015 Meeting Schedule

2014 is coming to a close and we would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.   The meeting schedule for 2015 is as follows: Thursday, February 5, 2015 Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Thursday, June 4, 2015 Thursday, October 1, 2015 Remember…

2014 City of Excellence Award

The City of Excellence Award was created in 2010 to recognize local governments for activities that improve ground disturbance, safe excavation techniques and best practices at or around underground infrastructure, in the year previous to the award.  Any BC local government – including City, Village,…

Christmas Social – December 8th – Please RSVP

Please join us for a pint of Christmas cheer…. Date:  Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 5:30 PM Reservation: Under BC Common Ground Alliance Location:  CRAFT Beer Market, 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC      –> www.craftbeermarket.ca Please RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca so we know how many to expect.

DigSafe Prince George – December 9th NEW DATE!

Prince George – December 9, 2014 –> Register Now! For excavators and companies who disturb the ground in any way, our DigSafe BC! workshop is important. There are critical infrastructures underground that are vital to healthy communities and business continuity, but can be dangerous to public…

CCGA Best Practices Volume 1.0 Now Available

The CCGA Best Practices, Volume 1.0, is now available in PDF from the CCGA website under the “News” tab – or click HERE to go directly to the page. The cost of the BPs is $10.00/manual; including shipping and handling. Once again, a sincere ‘thank-you’…

DigSafe Prince George – Postponed

Prince George – Postponed to early December – Date TBD For excavators and companies who disturb the ground in any way, our DigSafe BC! workshop is important. There are critical infrastructures underground that are vital to healthy communities and business continuity, but can be dangerous…

WorkSafeBC Bulletin – European Fire Ants!

European fire ants were first seen in British Columbia in 2010. Since then, they have been found in the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley, and southern Vancouver Island. Their nests are found in moist, shaded places such as lawns and grassy areas, under decaying logs,…

Register Now – 2nd Annual CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium

This event will focus on critical issues specific to Canadian stakeholders. This is an excellent opportunity to network with your peers from across Canada and share knowledge & ideas. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Banff, Alberta October 28 – 30, 2014 Sponsorship Opportunities and Exhibitor Space are available. REGISTER NOW!

2014 DIRT Report for the Year 2013

One free phone call can reduce the likelihood of potentially dangerous incidents. The BC Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA) has once again found that the majority of reported damage to underground infrastructure could be prevented with a free telephone call. The 2014 BC Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT)…

BC Common Ground Alliance Mailing List

Dear Excavation and Underground Safety Community: You are receiving this message because you are on our e-mail list.  Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) comes into force on July 1, 2014.  We sent an email last week asking you to re-subscribe to continue receiving updates.  We have…

2nd Annual CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium – Oct 28 to 30, 2014

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Banff, Alberta October 28 – 30, 2014 This event will focus on critical issues specific to Canadian stakeholders. This is an excellent opportunity to network with your peers from across Canada and share knowledge & ideas. For more details on sponsorship and exhibition opportunities or to…

Contractor Breakfast Series Continues….Register Now!

As part of Safe Digging Month, there are a series of FREE contractors’ breakfasts.  Thanks to everyone who made the Surrey Contractors Breakfast a success!  There are four more…. Chilliwack on April 15th from 7 am to 8 am. Kamloops on April 16th from 7 am to 8 am. Please see the attached poster for…

Journal of Commerce – Safe Digging Month Interview

The British Columbia Common Ground Alliance held a contractor’s breakfast on April 1 to highlight the importance of excavation awareness and to ring in “National Safe Digging Month.” BCCGA Executive Director Dr. Dave Baspaly spoke to the Journal of Commerce about the importance of the…

FREE Contractor’s Breakfast – Only 2 more days to register!

Our first FREE contractors’ breakfast will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel in Surrey on April 1st, 2014 from 7 to 8 am.  We are expecting 300 attendees. Please distribute the invitation and poster to all of your members and contacts. Please register online here by Friday March 28, 2014. Ground disturbers –…

April is Safe Digging Month

April 2014 will once again be National Safe Digging Month, the time of year when all Common Ground Alliance stakeholders come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners call before they dig and follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property…

April – Safe Digging Month & Contractor Breakfast

April 2014 will once again be National Safe Digging Month, the time of year when all Common Ground Alliance stakeholders come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners call before they dig and follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property…

CCGA Report on Damages

The CCGA’s Report on Damages is now available on the CCGA website. The Canadian Common Ground Alliance released its first national report  on damage to buried infrastructure. The report, drawing consistent data from Québec, Ontario and British Columbia, determined buried infrastructure in Canada is damaged an…

Damage Information Reporting – Call for Data

How many damages occur each year?
 What are the primary causes of damages and near misses?
 Are these events increasing or decreasing – and why?  These are some of the many questions that the BCCGA is working to answer through the collection of data in BC. …

February Fast Facts

Locating Workshops EECOL Electric, Radiodetection (Utility Locate Systems) & Sensors & Software Inc. (Ground Penetrating Radar Systems) are proud to present their annual “The ABC’s of Underground Utilities, Cable and Pipe Locating Workshops.”   For more information, please click HERE. Beer for Safety Social Event In…

January Fast Facts

Member / Board Meeting February 5, 2014 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Spectra Energy Boardroom We will have a special presentation by Natalie Moreau, Directrice générale, Prévention et affaires publiques, APISQ on the Evaluation of the Social Costs of Damage to Buried Infrastructure.  This presentation will include a comprehensive classification of…

Announcing BCCGA Best Practices Version 3.0

The BCCGA is proud to announce the latest version of the BCCGA Best Practices. Best Practices Version 3.0 was developed to explain the types of activities that are considered optimal for worker safety, public safety and damage prevention during excavation. These guidelines have been developed…

Reminder of BCCGA Member / Board Meeting

Our next Member/Board meeting is scheduled for February 5, 2014 from 10 am to 2:30 pm at Spectra Energy on West Georgia Street in Vancouver.  Coffee and networking will start at 9:30 am. We will have a special presentation by Natalie Moreau, Directrice générale, Prévention et…

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held at YWCA Hotel Vancouver – Canfor & Royal Bank Room at 733 Beatty St The 2014 Member and Board meetings have been scheduled as follows: February 5, 2014 April 9, 2014 (Annual General Meeting) June 4, 2014 October 8, 2014 Approximate timing…

Member and Board Meeting

The 2014 Member and Board meetings have been scheduled as follows: February 5, 2014 – Spectra Energy April 9, 2014 (Annual General Meeting) – Location TBD June 4, 2014 – Spectra Energy October 8, 2014 – Location TBD Approximate timing will be 9:30 am to…

2013 Report to Members

In our 2013 Report to Members, we have outlined our progress towards our strategic priorities. This year, we continued to provide valuable education and awareness initiatives to improve the culture of safety in British Columbia.  These educational sessions provide a valuable link with the construction community,…

2013 DIRT Report for the Year 2012

One free phone call can reduce the likelihood of potentially dangerous incidents. The BC Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA) has found that the majority of reported damage to underground infrastructure could be prevented with a free telephone call. The 2013 BC Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT)…

2014 Member and Board Meeting Schedule

The 2014 Member and Board meetings have been scheduled as follows: February 5, 2014 April 9, 2014 (Annual General Meeting) June 4, 2014 October 8, 2014 Locations will be announced early in the new year.  Approximate timing will be 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Note…

What’s New in Underground Safety…

Thank you to everyone who attended our Member meeting on October 16th.  Look for the 2014 meeting schedule to be published before the end of November. ——————————————————————————————– Reminder – Kamloops DigSafe session is scheduled for November 6th.   Register Now! The CGA Damage Prevention Professional Fall…

Register Now! Fort St. John and Kamloops

We have scheduled two sessions of  DigSafe BC! and registration is now open. Sessions run from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm with registration starting at 7:00 am.   Cost is $150 per person. Fort St. John – October 23, 2013, Pomeroy Hotel – Register Now! Kamloops – November…

Register for our Social Event – October 17th

Safety Geeks…. We are hosting our 3rd annual, world famous bowling for safety on October 17, 2013 at Grandview Bowling Centre on Commercial Drive from 4 pm to 6 pm.  Cost is $20 per person and includes shoes, bowling and a whole lotta fun! Everyone…

Registration Deadline October 1st – DigSafe Langley

Langley – CLAC – October 8, 2013 – 19955 81A Avenue Phone 604-888-7220 or email bctraining@clac.ca to register. Session will run from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm with registration starting at 7:00 am.   Cost is $150 per person (note that CLAC members may attend the Langley session for free). Who’s this for?…

CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium – November 12 to 14th

The first Canadian Common Ground Alliance Damage Prevention Symposium will be held in Kananaskis, Alberta, from November 12 to 14th, 2013. This event will focus on critical issues specific to Canadian stakeholders and is an excellent opportunity to network with peers from across Canada and share knowledge and ideas. Sessions…

Call for DIRT Data Submissions for 2012

  How many damages occur each year?
 What are the primary causes of damages and near misses?
 Are these events increasing or decreasing – and why?  These are some of the many questions that the BCCGA is working to answer through the collection of data in…

Advanced Underground Cable and Pipe Locating Seminar – July 25

ADVANCED UNDERGROUND CABLE AND PIPE LOCATING SEMINAR When:  July 25, 2013 [NOT June 25th as distributed yesterday]. Where:  Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel, Surrey, BC This program covers the full spectrum of what locate staff needs to know to get the job done safely, efficiently and, most importantly, with confidence. For…

National Energy Board Safety Forum – June 5 and 6 in Calgary

The National Energy Board invites you to attend the upcoming Safety Forum 2013 on June 5th and 6th at the BMO Centre in Stampede Park, Calgary.  Registration for this no cost event is available until 17 May 2013. Oil and Gas Industry Safety Management Issues to Be Discussed Building and Maintaining…

Contractor Breakfast – Kelowna April 30th ~ 7 to 8:30 am

High voltage lines, oil and gas pipelines, water, sewer and fiber optics lines lie in networks underground. The consequences of damage to buried facilities must be well understood and avoided. Fortis BC, WorkSafeBC and the BC Safety Authority invite you and your crews to a FREE contractor’s…

Contractor Breakfasts – Quesnel and Prince George

Two locations and dates to choose from: Quesnel Wednesday, April 24, 2013 ~ 7:00 to 8:00 am Sandman Hotel, 940 Chew Road Prince George Thursday, April 25, 2013 ~ 7:00 to 8:00 am Prince George Civic Centre 808 Civic Plaza Register by Friday, April 19, 2013*…

Notice of Annual General Meeting – April 11, 2013

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on April 11, 2013  from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at Spectra Energy, 1100 – 1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC. The Agenda and Minutes from last year are available for your reference. The status of Stakeholder Seats that are up for election…

April is Safe Digging Month!

April 2013 will once again be National Safe Digging Month, the time of year when all Common Ground Alliance stakeholders come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners call before they dig and follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property…

ASTTBC Unveils Plan to Prevent Skill Shortages

BC must fill more than 8,000 new job openings for technologists and technicians by 2020 – every job an opportunity for young BC adults!  But our economy faces costly skill shortages, because technology career opportunities have been overlooked and under-promoted. Introducing a “Strategic Plan for…

Safe Digging Month – Vancouver Sun Opportunity

April 2013 will once again be National Safe Digging Month, the time of year when all Common Ground Alliance stakeholders come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners alike follow the safe digging process to help prevent injuries, property damage and…

Digging Deep

Every day in B.C., excavation crews are responsible for an average of 13 hits to underground infrastructure. And each hit to a utility line — be it gas, electrical, water and sewer, or fibre optics — represents a potential danger to the crews involved. Read more…

Excavation Focus Groups

The BC Common Ground Alliance, in partnership with Fortis BC, is undertaking a series of focus groups in Metro Vancouver to dialogue with excavation professionals during the month of February 2013. We will likely hold three separate meetings in the Fraser Valley and in the Vancouver area. Walter…

Happy Holidays from BC Common Ground Alliance

  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued participation and support in making the BCCGA a recognized leader in safety. The BCCGA will continue to evolve in 2013, providing a clear voice for improved worker and public safety in connection with…

Member / Board Meetings ~ 10 am to 2 pm

The 2013 face to face meeting schedule is as follows: Member / Board Meeting ~ Thursday, February 7, 2013 Annual General Meeting / Board Meeting ~ Thursday, April 11, 2013 Member / Board Meeting ~ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Member / Board Meeting ~ Wednesday, October 16, 2013…

BCCGA Strategic Priorities Summary for the 2012 Year

This year the BCCGA has made great strides in visibility, engagement, and service delivery.  In addition to continuing our education and awareness programs, we have launched the first annual Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report, representing our first attempt to quantify damage to underground infrastructure…

New Dig Laws in Washington State

After three years and a great deal of input from stakeholders, the Washington Legislature passed E2SHB-1634, the Underground Utilities Damage Prevention Act, in 2011. The intent of the legislation was to build and improve upon the existing dig law by addressing federal standards along with…

Surrey Memorial Hospital Excavation Mishap

Surrey Memorial Hospital diverting patients to other hospitals after flooding. A watermain break Monday morning apparently caused by an excavation crew mishap has crippled the ability to provide emergency and other medical care at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Read more… and an update…

BCCGA Bowl-O-Rama Safety Extravaganza!!!!

Join us for our second annual social event at The Zone Bowling Centre & Big River Brew Pub on November 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm for some fun and networking. Cost is $30 plus HST per person.  Registration closes November 20, 2012 at 5 pm.…

8th Annual CGA Excavation Safety Conference

  8th Annual CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo March 12-14, 2013  •  West Palm Beach, FL Join nearly 2,000 damage prevention professionals from 9 countries for: OVER 50 CONFERENCE SESSIONS: More than 50 educational sessions are in development, and each one is specifically targeted…

Free Contractor Breakfast ~ Chetwynd ~ November 6th

The Fall 2012 Contractors Breakfast is coming and you’re invited!  Mark your calendars for the morning of Tuesday, November 6 in Chetwynd. Hosted by Spectra Energy and Pembina Pipeline, this free breakfast event is open to any company or individual that has the potential to conduct…

BCCGA Bowl-O-Rama Safety Extravaganza!!!!

Join us for our second annual social event at The Zone Bowling Centre & Big River Brew Pub on November 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm for some fun and networking.  Cost is $30 plus HST per person.  Registration closes November 7, 2012 at 5 pm. Price includes appetizers,…