Dig Safe Month is a Timely Reminder to Call Before You Dig

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 province.

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 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 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, 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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