Dig Safe Month is a timely reminder to call before you dig

ST. CATHARINES, ON, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - April 1 marks the official start of Dig Safe Month. The Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) and its stakeholders have designated April as the annual Dig Safe Month in Ontario. This month is dedicated to improving safety and reducing damages to underground facilities by raising awareness of safe digging practices through local events across the province.

The 2013 Dig Safe Provincial Kick-Off will take place on April 3rd at London City Hall at approximately 10:15am with a formal announcement by London Mayor Joe Fontana, in support of April as Dig Safe Month in London as well as presentations by ORCGA member companies.  Following this, ORCGA volunteers will begin distributing Dig Safe brochures and wares to the general public around the Covent Garden area until approximately 1:00pm.

Dig Safe Month is designed to naturally coincide with the unofficial start of spring digging season. It will serve as a reminder to homeowners and contractors that they need to call before they start digging," said ORCGA President Jim Douglas.

The ORCGA and its members, including Ontario One Call, are encouraging homeowners and contractors to call for locates before they dig to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. Throughout April, ORCGA members will be leading local campaigns across the province to spread awareness about safe digging practices and "Call Before You Dig". Ensuring the safety of those who work or live in the vicinity of underground facilities and protecting vital services is everyone's responsibility.

Visit www.digsafe.ca for more information on Dig Safe Month, "Call Before You Dig", safety guidelines and how to get involved.

About the ORCGA

ORCGA is a member-driven association of 430 member organizations and sponsors representing 19 Stakeholder groups who have a "Shared Responsibility in the Protection of Underground Infrastructure". Established in 2003, the ORCGA is committed to saving lives and preventing damage to underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage prevention practices. ORCGA has established itself as the leading damage prevention organization in an effort to reduce damages to underground facilities in Ontario through shared responsibility among all industry stakeholders.  For more information on the ORCGA, visit www.orcga.com

SOURCE: Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA)

For further information:

Contact: Jim Douglas  Phone: 1-866-446-4493

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