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Perry, Okla., August 5, 2016 – In support of National 811 Day (Thursday, August 11), Subsite® Electronics, a Charles Machine Works Company, announced results from a Common Ground Alliance survey that found nearly half (45 percent) of American homeowners who plan to dig this year for projects like landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox, or building a deck, pond or patio, will put themselves and their communities at risk by not calling 811 to learn the approximate location of underground utilities. Extrapolated to the full population of U.S. homeowners, approximately 38.6 million people will dig this year without first having underground utility lines marked. A simple call to 811 is all it takes to get underground utilities marked, at no cost to the homeowner, and reduce the chance of injury due to cutting into buried lines.

 

 

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Perry, Okla., August 9, 2016 – In support of National 811 Day (Thursday, August 11), Subsite Electronics, a Charles Machine Works Company, announced results from a Common Ground Alliance survey that found nearly half (45 percent) of American homeowners who plan to dig this year for projects like landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox, or building a deck, pond or patio, will put themselves and their communities at risk by not calling 811 to learn the approximate location of underground utilities. Extrapolated to the full population of U.S. homeowners, approximately 38.6 million people will dig this year without first having underground utility lines marked. A simple call to 811 is all it takes to get underground utilities marked, at no cost to the homeowner, and reduce the chance of injury due to cutting into buried lines.

 

The national public opinion survey of homeowners also found that 79 percent of those who plan to dig believe that something negative – such as a service interruption, bodily harm or financial ramifications – could occur if they were to dig without knowing the location of underground utilities.

 

An underground utility line is damaged once every six minutes nationwide because someone decided to dig without first calling 811, according to data collected by Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the national organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them. Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions, serious injuries and costly repairs.

 

There are more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States, according to data compiled by CGA from various industry groups. That figure equates to more than one football field’s length (105 yards) of buried utilities for every man, woman and child in the U.S.

 

Everyone who calls 811 a few days before digging is connected to a local one call notification center that will take the caller’s information and communicate it to local utility companies. Professional locators will then visit the dig site to locate underground utilities using sophisticated electronic locators such as those manufactured by Subsite Electronics. They will then mark the approximate location of underground utility lines with spray paint, flags or both. Once a site has been accurately marked, it is safe to begin digging while observing tolerance zones around the marked areas.

 

“According to the survey results, the majority of American homeowners believe something negative could happen if they don't call 811 to have underground utility lines marked, and yet nearly half do not plan to make the crucial call to 811 prior to starting their projects," said Matt Lumbers, product manager, utility locating systems, Subsite Electronics. "Making a free call to 811 reduces the likelihood of causing an incident – such as service outages or bodily harm in worst-case scenarios – to just 1 percent. We want this message to be top-of-mind for all do-it-yourselfers as they plan any landscaping or home improvement projects."

 

As part of National 811 Day, Subsite Electronics encourages homeowners to increase their Underground Awareness by taking the following steps when planning a digging project:

  • Always call 811 a few days before digging, regardless of the depth or familiarity with the property.
  • Plan ahead. Call on Monday or Tuesday for work planned for an upcoming weekend, providing ample time for the approximate location of lines to be marked.
  • Confirm with 811 that all lines have been marked. 
  • Learn what the various colors of paint and flags represent at www.call811.com/faqs.
  • Consider moving the location of your project if it is near utility line markings.
  • If a contractor has been hired, confirm that a call to 811 has been made. Don’t allow work to begin if the lines aren’t marked.

 

For more information on the Call 811 program, visit www.call811.com. From more information on utility locators and other Underground Awareness products from Subsite® Electronics, visit www.subsite.com or any of our social media channels – Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube. You can contact us at info@subsite.com or 800-846-2713.

 

About the study

SSRS conducted a national omnibus phone study between Feb. 25 and March 1, 2015, on behalf of CGA. A total of 646 American homeowners ages 18+ were asked for their opinions on home and property improvement project topics. The survey had a margin of error of +/- 3.86%.


Subsite® Electronics

Subsite® Electronics, a Charles Machine Works Company, is committed to providing underground construction professionals the most comprehensive suite of electronic products in the industry, including utility locators, Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) guidance equipment and equipment machine controls.  By utilizing innovative technologies, extensive market feedback and outstanding customer support, Subsite Electronics has established itself as the premier source of electronic technology to support the installation or maintenance of underground pipe and cable.

For more information on Subsite Electronics, visit www.subsite.com or any of our social media channels -- Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube.  You can contact us at info@subsite.com or 800-846-2713. 


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Established in 1902, Charles Machine Works, an employee-owned company, founded in Perry, Oklahoma, is the only manufacturer and global distributor that solely exists to make underground utility construction profitable. Our family of companies include Ditch Witch®, Subsite® Electronics, DW/TXS®, HammerHead®, Radius® HDD, American Augers®, Trencor® and MTI® Equipment. For more information visit charlesmachine.works.  Ditch Witch, Subsite Electronics, DW/TXS, HammerHead, Radius HDD, American Augers, Trencor and MTI Equipment are trademarks of The Charles Machine Works, Inc.