ST. CATHARINES, ON, March 27, 2014 /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 2014 Dig Safe Provincial Kick-Off will take place on April 1 in
Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square at approximately 12:30pm with a
formal announcement by Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford who will present the
ORCGA with a proclamation stating April as Dig Safe Month in the City
of Toronto. In addition, there will be presentations by Glenn
Beaumont, President, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Bob Bailey, MPP
Sarnia-Lambton. Following this, ORCGA volunteers will begin
distributing Dig Safe brochures, etc. around Nathan Phillips Square.
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 dig,"
said ORCGA (acting) President & CEO 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
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 450 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,
SOURCE: Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA)
For further information:
Contact: Jim Douglas Phone: 1-866-446-4493