Safe Digging is about prep. It’s about taking the time to look at plans, make a call to your state’s 811 call center or make an online request 2-3 days before the work start date, inspect your equipment, and form a plan. These few steps can be the difference between getting the job done right, and disaster. If you take a short cut, you might find yourself quickly faced with a digging hazard that risks injury to your crew, and damage to equipment, nearby structures and existing infrastructure.
Safe digging is the responsibility of every contractor and why proper planning, a call to 811 before you dig, and using the right excavating equipment is vital to worker and site safety. Once all utilities have marked their buried lines, you should dig carefully around any utility marks and consider relocating projects that are close to buried utilities. State laws generally prohibit the use of mechanized equipment within 18-24" on all sides of a marked utility- also called the "tolerance zone." Vacuum excavation, or non-destructive digging, is the preferred method for exposing subsurface utilities and the kind of safe digging that Truvac equipment delivers.