2017 Damage Prevention Statistics
The Division received 936 Dig Safe Violation Reports; 87 percent of those related to damaged underground natural gas facilities. The Division investigated 320 alleged violations of the Dig Safe Law, by both excavators and utility companies; 87 percent of those related to damaged underground natural gas facilities. In terms of types of violations:
- Fifteen percent of the alleged violations concerned a failure to use reasonable precaution during digging;
- Thirty-five percent concerned an invalid Dig Safe ticket or a failure to call Dig Safe Inc. before digging; and
- Approximately 48 percent concerned a utility company’s mismark or failure to mark an excavation site in response to a Dig Safe ticket.
Finally, the Division collected $1,711,000 in civil penalties, and conducted three training sessions for approximately 96 first‑time offenders.