US Department of Labor, City of Lubbock mark National Safe Digging Day
LUBBOCK, TX ‒ The City of Lubbock recently presented the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Damage Prevention Council of Texas’ northwest chapter with a proclamation in recognition of National Safe Digging Day on Aug. 11.
Each year, “811 Day” reminds contractors and property owners in all 50 states of the importance of calling the national “call-before-you-dig” number at 8-1-1 before beginning excavation projects to avoid damage to underground pipes and electrical lines. In February 2020, OSHA signed an alliance with the DPC to educate employers and employees in the 254 counties in Texas about trenching and excavation hazards.
Calling 811 initiates a process to help locate and mark underground infrastructure prior to the start of excavation, avoids disruptions and helps keep workers safe.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.