‘Be safe, know where to dig’

Print Article

April is national Safe Digging Month.

On April 4, 2017, the Wisconsin Legislature recognized the importance of calling or clicking prior to excavation by declaring April 2017 “Safe Digging Month in Wisconsin.”

Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged in the U.S. because someone excavated without first having the underground lines located. The risk of injury or death is real. Its also preventable.

For everyones safety, always have underground utilities located by calling 811, the national “Call Before You Dig” telephone number, prior to every excavation.

In Wisconsin, homeowners and contractors can either call 811 or contact the states One-Call Center (Diggers Hotline) at 800-242-8511 or www.diggershotline.com. Wisconsin requires locates to be requested at least three working days before excavation begins.

As the Fort Atkinson area supervisor for Enbridge, I am responsible for the safety of hundreds of miles of pipelines in Wisconsin. I know first-hand the importance of safe digging practices.

Whether planting a tree or installing a fence, knowing where underground utilities are located before you start digging will save time and money…and even lives. Its easy, its free, and its the law.

John Schwarz

Fort Atkinson

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

'Naked giveaway for the wealthy'

November 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent was supposed to be accompanied by the elimination of deductions and loopholes that corporate tax attorneys had used for years to significa...

Comments

Read More

'What about the children?'

November 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Thank you for publishing the "Classrooms at a Crossroads" series last week. This kind of in-depth, local coverage is what makes a local paper worthwhile. I have long believed that most of the probl...

Comments

Read More

'Democrats use class warfare'

November 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm | House Republicans released their Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, lowering individual and corporate taxes on Americans. Politicians said that cutting the corporate tax rate was necessary for "putting the Unit...

Comments

Read More

'Look out for the residents'

November 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm | I have done some research into the placement of Steven Schuelke into our Beloit neighborhood and have found more questions than answers. Primarily, there was an act that was passed and enacted March...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(608) 365-8811
149 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

©2017 Beloit Daily News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X