Oregon Utility Notification Center / OUNC sponsored this years Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit!
The outreach effort to the 300 attendees was very successful we shared with them the new standards manuals, the new call timeline, and the updates to the OAR’s.
Keynote Speakers Russ and Laurel Youngstrom stopped by the Oregon 811 booth after their presentation. #CallBeforeYouDig
SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission is reminding homeowners and professional contractors of the importance of calling 811 before starting any outdoor digging project. Every six minutes, an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first. Striking a line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages.
“August 11 (8/11) is a convenient way to promote safe digging and the use of the free 811 service,” said Lori Koho, Utility Safety and Reliability Administrator for the PUC. “Every digging project, no matter how large or small, requires a call to 811 at least two business days before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line.”
When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to the Oregon Utility Notification Center (OUNC), the local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the underground lines with color-coded flags, spray paint or both.
“Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches below the surface, the risk of striking an underground utility line exists,” said Koho. “811 helps maintain the safety of Oregon residents and the reliability of utility services that we all appreciate.”
The Publicity Committee’s campaign for ‘April is Safe Digging Month” showed around Portland-Metro on 20 Tri-Met busses advertising our message. We would like to thank our sponsors, NW Natural and Pacific Power who demonstrate their partnership with the OUNC.