2009 CGA DIRT Report: Utility Damages Decline Again

October 2010 Vol. 65 No. 10

“Making a phone call to 811 is by far the easiest damage prevention tactic any excavator can make, and it’s encouraging to see a continued downward trend in the overall number of damages, as well as the number of ‘no call’ damages,” said Bob Kipp, president of CGA. “But, with more than one-third of damages still caused by a failure to contact a one call center before digging, CGA stakeholders are well aware of the need for continued ongoing promotion of the 811 message and damage prevention process.”

New Data for 2009
New for the 2009 report, CGA analyzed the right-of-way type affected in the reported damages and found nearly half (49 percent) occurred under public streets, with an additional 24 percent occurring under privately owned land. The remaining events took place under dedicated public utility easements (10 percent) and private easements (4 percent). “Other right of way type” comprised the remaining 13 percent of incidents.

Additional new categories for the 2009 report include an analysis of excavator downtime incurred in a subset of the total reported damages, as well as a separate category that focuses solely on the more than 2,000 submitted “near miss” events.

The complete DIRT Annual Report for 2009 is available for download at www.commongroundalliance.com. Stakeholders interested in submitting data to the 2010 DIRT Report should visit the DIRT site at www.cga-dirt.com.