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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

STRATEGIC
DRIVING
By Ian Munro, President & CEO

W

hen we get in our vehicles to make
the commute to and from work, there
is a real potential for a collision - or
worse. Should we completely stop
driving to eliminate collision risks? Or, is the better
strategy to drive defensively, follow the speed limits
and regularly maintain our brakes and tires?
This same idea carries forward to the hundreds
of excavations that occur across Ontario every
day. Each time someone digs, there is potential for
damage to underground infrastructure. Excavators
cannot stop digging, but they can employ effective strategies to reduce risk.
The Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance,
supported by the 36 Damage Prevention Thought
Leaders on the opposite page and over 500
members, strives to produce effective programs
designed to aid excavation decisions to prevent,
or control, potential harm:
Each article in this issue of Ear to the Ground
has been dedicated to mitigating risk;
The Best Practices Manual describes
Dig Safe practices that prevent damage to
underground infrastructure;
The Damage Information Reporting Tool
(DIRT) Report, provides information on

the root causes of utility strikes and details
which mechanical tools and sectors that are
causing damages;
The Geographic Councils focus on safe
work practices, damage prevention training, and sharing information on local and
developing issues;
The Damage Prevention Symposium
focuses on critical issues specific to the
Ontario Damage Prevention community;
The Damage Prevention Technician ®
Program provides fundamental instruction
on locating for specific industries; and,
The Locate Rodeo, through competition, promotes the Locator industry and
skill-set excellence for Damage Prevention
Technicians®.
No program, no matter how robust, will eliminate
all potential for underground infrastructure damage. But by participating in the ORCGA programs,
and by adhering to Dig Safe practices, together,
we can Reduce Risk ... Right Now.

FALL 2016

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016

President’s Message
Membership in the ORCGA: Uncovering Value
Dig Safe, Dig Smart
DIRT Report
Ontario One Call
Our Hidden Infrastructure
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - President’s Message
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Membership in the ORCGA: Uncovering Value
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Dig Safe, Dig Smart
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - DIRT Report
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Ontario One Call
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Our Hidden Infrastructure
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