Interesting story from Kent Online recently: KENT ONLINE DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG
Southern Gas Networks are quite rightly encouraging companies to dial before you dig. However, there can be many utilities underlying a site and it would be much better if you could get this information in one place. This is exactly what Line Search Before You Dig have tried to do, but not all of the utilities/telecoms companies have signed up to it. The service is so quick and easy to use for contractors, that it could reduce the numbers of incidents and their associated costs, disruption, injuries and fatalities associated with service strikes, if all utilities and telecoms companies signed up to it and its use was mandatory for all intrusive investigations and groundworks.
About LINE SEARCH BEFORE YOU DIG:
“LinesearchbeforeUdig (LSBUD) is a free to use service that any individual (“User”) can use to check their works against over 90 asset owners’ (“Members”) utility assets. These assets include hundreds of thousands of kilometres of underground and overhead pipes and cables in the electricity, gas, high pressure fuel, water and fibre optic networks. The service processes over 2.5 million enquiries per annum- that’s more than one every 10 seconds”. www.linesearchbeforeudig.co.uk