811 Continues To Gain Acceptance, Momentum

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | April 2012, Vol. 67 No. 4

Those efforts continue today, bolstered by the web site (www.call811.com), which has a wealth of information about 811, and how it works, and the importance of preventing damage to utilities. The site provides access to tools and resources that will assist CGA members and stakeholders spread the 811 message. Materials and tool kits are free to download and use by CGA stakeholders, national partners and professional excavators. Many campaign materials can be customized with individual organization logos, and certain materials are available in Spanish.

“Presence of the site,” said Kipp, “actually is reducing the number of calls to one-call centers because requests are made on-line. We see that as a positive step.

“The CGA and our 1,500 members and sponsors work continuously to raise awareness of 811 throughout the United States. The 811 awareness campaign continues to advance through stakeholder support and collaborative efforts with national companies including Shell Pipeline, Williams, TCPL, BP, El Paso, the U.S. Department of Transportation, John Deere, 3M, United Rentals and others.

“United Rentals is using 12,000 811 decals on the doors on cabs of its backhoe and excavator equipment fleets. Washington [D.C.] Gas, Portland Gas and Electric and national locating companies Utiliquest and USIC, recently launched impressive programs.”

Kipp said damage to buried utilities is declining and 811 has played an important role.

“As we continue our educational efforts, we will target the general public, landscapers and fence installers,” said Kipp. “Homeowners and fencing companies need to understand that any digging requires an 811 call. Typically, fences are installed along property lines, often in easements that contain buried facilities, and digging post holes poses a great risk of damage.”

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