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Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

April 20, 2015

Call before you dig

Dig this: April is National Safe Digging Month

Heads up contractors and anyone else who will be digging for construction work, landscaping, building a fence, putting up a mailbox, or even a "for sale" sign. April is National Safe Digging Month, which is a reminder that somewhere in the serene ground beneath your feet, there may be pipelines, wires, or cables sending fuel and data to hundreds – or thousands – of people. Dig responsibly and call 811 at least two business days before every digging project so you know where those lines are buried.

What happens when you call 811?

Every six minutes, an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Call 811 before you dig. It's the law.



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