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DIGGING SAFELY
One-call Notification Systems and the Prevention of Damage to Canada’s Buried Infrastructure

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Senate Energy Committee recommends owners of federally regulated buried infrastructure be required to join one-call services

OTTAWA (December 3, 2014) 

Overview

Every year, thousands of buried facilities such as cables, wires, pipelines, water mains and sewer lines are accidently damaged by excavators. Services are interrupted in nearly every case and sometimes incidents lead to injury, death and/or significant environmental contamination. In its report tabled today entitled Digging Safely: One-call Notification Systems and the Prevention of Damage to Canada’s Buried Infrastructure, the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources has outlined four recommendations to the federal government to improve public and worker safety and to prevent damage to buried facilities in Canada.

Quotes

“Damage to buried infrastructure strains public resources such as emergency response personnel and can result in economic costs, such as construction delays, repairs and traffic congestion. These incidents are an unnecessary risk to the public, a waste of economic resources and a burden on taxpayers and ratepayers. Our Senate Committee is recommending that owners and operators of federally regulated buried infrastructure be required to become members of a provincial or territorial one-call service, where they exist. We believe our recommendation could help reduce these incidents and their negative impacts on the wider community.”

“Our Committee was encouraged to learn during our hearings that a standard for the Damage Prevention for the Protection of Underground Infrastructure, also known as CSA Z247, is being developed through the Canadian Standards Association. Therefore, our report is recommending that the federal government reference the CSA Z247 standard in relevant federal legislation and encourage provinces and territories to reference the standard in their legislation.

Quick Facts

  • Canada’s first one-call centre began operating in Alberta in 1984.
  • Today, six provinces have one-call centres (AB, QC, BC, ON, SK, MB).
  • In 2013, 7,264 damage incidents to buried infrastructure were reported in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. This translates to 29 damages for every business day in 2013.


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For more information, please contact

Ceri Au
Senate Communications
613-944-9145
Ceri.Au@sen.parl.gc.ca

Lynn Gordon
Clerk of the Committee
613-991-3620
Lynn.Gordon@sen.parl.gc.ca

 

Contact information

General Information:
613-990-0088 or 1-800-267-7362

Email: ENEV@sen.parl.gc.ca

Mailing Address:
Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources
The Senate of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1A 0A4