Locator Safety Awareness Week July 27 – August 2, 2015
Gopher State One Call is pleased to support Minnesota locators for the second annual Locator Safety Awareness Week (LSAW) July 27 – August 2, 2015.
Thank you, locators for your hard work and dedication to underground safety and damage prevention in Minnesota!
You are an important part of the process for excavation safety and damage prevention of underground facilities. As required by Minnesota Statute 216D, underground facility locating and marking is required before excavators can begin their work. The importance of your role is highlighted in the 2013 Common Ground Alliance DIRT (Damage Information Reporting Tool) report that states with excavators contacting a one call center, the chance of them being involved in a damage event is less than 1%. That same DIRT report highlights that over 25% of reported damages can be attributed to “no notification made”, thus no locating and marking of the underground facilities.
You spend countless hours in your vehicles, in the field and on your computers marking underground facilities and documenting the markings. To acknowledge your efforts and highlight Locator Safety Awareness Week, GSOC would like to follow the lead of Damage Prevention Professional magazine and highlight many of the potential hazards you face on a daily basis. According to the LSAW webpage LocatorSafety.com, the top ten locator safety hazards are:
1. Confined Space
2. Threats to the Eye
3. Climate and Weather
4. Dog Bites
5. Puncture and Foot Trauma
6. Poison Ivy and Other Skin Threats
7. Insect Bites and Stings
8. Walking, Lifting, Bending and Squatting
9. Slips, Trips and Falls
10. Time on the Road
Your attention to your own personal safety while performing locates and markings of underground facilities is a vital part of your commitment and dedication to keeping Minnesota safe.
Barbara M. Cederberg
Chief Operations Officer
Gopher State One Call