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Spring is attempting to hit us here in the Northeast. I don’t know about you but I’ve already been outside a few times trying to squeeze in some yard work! My husband and I recently moved to new home with plenty of outdoor plans requiring a lot of yard work this spring. Shortly after we bought this house in the fall we were installing a vinyl fence in the back yard which required us to pound metal rods into the ground to support the type of fence we had chosen. Prior to the installation I called 811. By calling 811 all of the utilities in your area will be notified that you plan to dig. They’ll be given three business days to mark their underground utilities so you can stay safe.

So why am I writing about the importance of calling 811 before digging on a human resource blog? For those of you who provide human resource support for a utility, energy, construction company, or anyone who might dig during the work day; it’s a great time to remind employees to stay safe. April is National Safe Digging Monthso consider bringing in a speaker or offer a special safety training session. My co-workers and I have attended safety summits in a few states and had the opportunity to see Cliff Meidlspeak and share his story. His story of a construction accident will definitely affect your employees and make calling 811 a priority for them.

For those of you not in one of these industries use this information in a newsletter or Intranet posting. Safe digging won’t be top of mind to your group so it is a good time to share the importance of calling 811. My dad was a lineman, so I knew to always call before digging.

Tak a few minutes and be an advocate for safe digging and help keep your employees safe and healthy, I did!

Has anyone else called 811? It really was simple and easy!

Erica L.

http://uecubenefit.uecu.org/

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