A common cause of construction is underground power lines and other utilities damaged by digging. These accidents could be prevented if calls were placed before work began and checked for potential hazards.
The AED News website reports that equipment manufacturer John Deere participating in a nationwide effort to “Call Before You Dig”.
An 811 number offers professionals and homeowners a resource to have underground lines marked for safety. The new number will be launched May 1 in Washington, D.C., and is designed to clear up confusion with multiple numbers offering utility line information.