Avoiding Damage to Underground Infrastructure While Excavating Being Taught at DiggingSafely.com

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The danger surrounding damage to underground infrastructure is well known among the industry. In an effort to raise awareness among the public, excavators, and public officials, Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) created a free excavation training site http://www.DiggingSafely.com an effective and popular teaching tool offering traditional excavation safety and additional information on working on or near underground infrastructure.

The danger surrounding damage to underground infrastructure is well known among the industry. In an effort to raise awareness among the public, excavators, and public officials, Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) created a free excavation training site http://www.DiggingSafely.com an effective and popular teaching tool offering traditional excavation safety and additional information on working on or near underground infrastructure.

Pre-excavation methods, such as calling 811 Call before you dig, reviewing job specifics help prevent damage caused by unsafe excavation activities. “DiggingSafely.com is a cost-effective way to train utility workers, contractors, and homeowners about safe excavation methods,” says Patrick Van Beek, president of MEA. “We encourage the industry to promote and link DiggingSafely to public awareness programs, web based public safety One Call sites and excavator safety information” Best of all the DiggingSafely is free.

DiggingSafely.com is an industry sponsored site providing free access to anyone interested in learning more about avoiding damage to underground infrastructure. The courses also provide information on how to recognize and react to abnormal or hazardous conditions in order to make conditions safe.

  •     Excavation safety – reflects the latest Common Ground Alliance standards
  •     Preventing accidental ignition if a gas line is damaged
  •     Abnormal operation conditions
  •     Characteristics and hazards of natural gas
  •     Working in enclosed and confined spaces
  •     Hazardous emergency response

Other features and benefits of the site:

  •     Excellent teaching tool at fairs and industry trade shows
  •     Records course use—help for Pipeline and Utility Public Awareness Compliance
  •     Supports State One Call System efforts and excavation safety programs of pipelines and utilities

Midwest ENERGY Association, the national leader in providing on-line training for utility industry field employees used its experience in creating over 200 on-line courses to create the free http://www.diggingsafely.com site where anyone interested in excavation safety can learn.

About Midwest ENERGY Association:
Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) serves the people that bring electricity and natural gas to American homes and businesses. MEA was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by visionary distribution utilities in the Midwest to improve safety and efficiency. Utility companies nationwide now benefit from MEA’s industry roundtables, operations conferences, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world’s premier online training and testing system for the gas and electric utility distribution industry.

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