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Dig Safe Statistics

See how the Pipeline Safety Division is keeping you safe by enforcing the Dig Safe law through investigations and education

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.

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