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Safe Digging Practices

Knowing and using Safe Digging Practices are essential to the excavators and the public's Safety. The reality of working around underground facilities is that sometimes even though every precaution is taken, damages still occur. But, there are several precautions you can take when digging to dramatically cut down the odds of damaging underground utilities.

Here are some of the most important Do's and Don'ts of Safe Digging Practices.

First the Do's:

Now, the Don'ts.

It's important to know and understand these safe digging practices to protect underground utilities. Practicing safe digging will keep you, your family, neighbors, property and services safe.

Let’s Go through the Most Common Causes of Damages.

  1. Working without a request.
  2. Working outside the area described on the locate request.
  3. Beginning excavation before the start date and time.
  4. Failure to exercise due care while digging, blind boring or directional drilling in the "approximate location" of underground utilities.
  5. Beginning work before all utilities at the site have marked or responded
  6. Assuming the depth of a facility.
  7. Assuming that the "approximate location" marks are exactly accurate and mechanically digging right up to the marks.

Become a partner in damage prevention. Be safe. Know what's below. Call or click before you dig. And, dig with care.

Safe Digging Education

Safe digging is everyone’s responsibility. It’s a free service to notify Missouri One Call of your planned excavation to help prevent damages that may result in fines, utility service interruption and injury or even death. The 5 short video segments below detail how to dig safely.

Always Call or Click Before you Dig! The Process.
Wait the Required Amount of Time
Confirming Utility Response
Understanding and Respecting the Marks