Located underground is a complex network of pipes and wires for critical services such as electricity, natural gas, communications, water, sewage and other utilities. Unsafe digging can damage buried equipment. If you plan to dig anywhere - from large construction jobs to home projects - smart digging means calling Dig Safely NY at 811 before each job. It's the first step in helping you to dig safely and avoid damaging critical utilities.
Avoid Serious Consequences. Striking an underground utility line while digging can cause harm to you or those around you. It can also disrupt service to entire neighborhoods, and potentially result in fines and repair costs defined in NY's strict facility protection law. Nationwide, one out of every three damages to underground utilities is the result of an excavator not calling 811 first. Never assume you know what is below.
Simple Steps to Safer Digging