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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

2018 Damage Prevention Statistics

The Division received 1089 Dig Safe Violation Reports, 91% of which were related to damaged underground natural gas facilities.  The Division issued 489 Notices of Probable Violation for alleged violations of the Dig Safe Law to both excavators and utility companies, 92% of which were related to damaged underground natural gas facilities.  In terms of types of violations:

  • 23% of all alleged violations concerned a failure to use reasonable precaution during digging;
  • 29% of all alleged violations concerned an invalid Dig Safe ticket or a failure to call Dig Safe Inc. before digging; and
  • 46% of all alleged violations concerned a utility company’s mismark or failure to mark an excavation site in response to a Dig Safe ticket.

Finally, the Division collected $2,058,000 in civil penalties, and conducted three training sessions for 108 first‑time offenders.

2017 Damage Prevention Statistics

The Division received 936 Dig Safe Violation Reports; 87% 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:

  • 15% of the alleged violations concerned a failure to use reasonable precaution during digging;
  • 35% concerned an invalid Dig Safe ticket or a failure to call Dig Safe Inc. before digging; and
  • 48% 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 96 first‑time offenders.

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