Safe digging the goal of organization

Donna Halinski Hondorp

MARQUETTE — With spring finally taking hold, construction projects will soon be continuing or starting.

The non-profit organization based on free underground utility marking, MISS DIG 811, has acquired recognition from Congress and most state governors that April is designated National Safe Digging Month, according to the MISS DIG 811’s website.

This new designation is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of contacting local utility companies before digging or excavating in any construction projects, said Donna Halinski Hondorp a spokesperson for MISS DIG 811.

“Safe digging practices are crucial in safeguarding both public safety and the environment. National Safe Digging Month serves as a call to action for all stakeholders to prioritize safety, follow guidelines, and mitigate risks associated with excavation activities,” said MISS DIG 811 president and CEO, Nick Bonstell.

According to MISS DIG 811’s website, the total annual tickets given for not marking utilities before digging, has been steadily going up. The Annual Total Ticket Count is already nearly 52,000 more than this time last year.

“Throughout April, educational initiatives, digital campaigns, and community outreach programs will underscore the message of safe digging practices. By embracing these guidelines, individuals can play a proactive role in preserving the infrastructure that sustains our daily lives,” Hondorp said. “Join us in advocating for safe digging habits this National Safe Digging Month.”

For more information and resources on safe digging practices, visit missdig811.org.

Antonio Anderson can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 550. His email address is aanderson@miningjournal.net.


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