The Significance of Safe Digging

Did you know that the number of underground utility damages in the United States and Canada reached an all-time yearly high in 2019? According to CGA’s 2019 DIRT (Damage Information Reporting Tool) report, there were more than 450,000 damages throughout the year. The number one root cause of damages to underground utility lines…

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Ground-Penetrating Radar vs. Electromagnetic Locating Technology

It is the responsibility of a utility locator to locate, identify, and mark underground utilities before any digging, construction, or other projects occur in an area. The day-to-day obligations of a professional utility locator are far more complex than placing flags in the ground or using spray paint to mark…

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Locate Tickets: To Screen or Not to Screen

Many utility companies are faced with the task of deciding whether their organization could benefit from screening locate tickets at some point. Screening tickets can be an extremely effective way for some to save both time and money. However, ticket screening is not necessarily the most fitting approach to ticket management…

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Effective Communication with Excavators

One of the weakest links in the damage prevention industry’s one call process is ineffective communication. Effective communication depends on the entire communication chain, which begins with the One Call Ticket submission and continues through ticket completion. The communication chain begins when a utility receives a ticket from the one…

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