April is Dig Safe Month!

April is Dig Safe Month!
‘Dig Safe Month’, a provincial-wide initiative, that began on Sunday, April 1.

The campaign aims to promote safety and reduce damages to underground infrastructure by raising awareness of safe digging practices, which includes calling ‘Ontario One Call’ before beginning a project that involves breaking ground.

Planning an outdoor project?

Call before you dig.

Are you planning on doing any work that involves digging such as installing a pool, building a fence or planting a tree? As a homeowner, contractor, or developer, it is your responsibility to ensure that any outside projects are carried out safely.  It is important that you get utility locates before you start your project to avoid damaging any underground infrastructure.

Underground networks of services including power lines might be buried on your property. Accidentally hitting one can cause injury, property damage and inconvenient outages.  To make your project safe:

  1. Call 1-800-400-2255 or visit Ontario One Call before digging
  2. Wait for an Oshawa Power cable locator to arrive and mark the area
  3. Respect the marks; avoid digging within one metre of marked ground
  4. Dig with care

Please allow for five business days for your locates to be complete before you plan to dig.

It’s the Law.

Having utilities located before you dig is required by law under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (see Construction Projects 228).

For additional important information, visit the Ontario One Call website.