Farm Guide VIC : 2008 - 2009
76 Farm Safety Mr Binks says most companies will alert you to their assets by sending a map detailing their location within the vicinity of your identified work site. “In most instances this is how you will receive information, however depending on the type of networks in the area, some companies may contact you directly via phone to discuss the location of any pipes or cables within your work site. “Regardless of whether you have local or major networks on your property, companies will do their utmost to help you locate them, while also working with you to reach the best solution if their infrastructure is impeding on the work you want to do. “We work closely with all our registered companies in encouraging people to contact Dial Before You Dig as early as possible about their planned works to ensure there is sufficient time to get the information through before works begin.” The location of the picket also suggested that if the farmer had hit the star picket into the ground one more time he probably wouldn’t have been around to tell the tale. Mr Binks says case studies related to works on private properties like this are, unfortunately, not rare events. “The main message we want to get out to private property owners who are planning to do excavation or installation work is that even if you are confident that there is no underground infrastructure in the area, lodging an enquiry with Dial Before You Dig will ensure you cause no damage to underground infrastructure or yourself.” How do I lodge an enquiry with Dial Before You Dig? To lodge an enquiry to obtain a map of an area before you start your work you can contact Dial Before You Dig in two easy ways. The easiest and quickest way to lodge an enquiry is to register on the interactive website www.dialbeforeyoudig.com.au. Once registered the site allows you to draw your dig location on a map on the screen, which gives you the most accurate information about your particular site. If you don’t have access to the internet you can contact Dial Before You Dig by phone on 1100 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays and speak to an operator who will take your details and confirm your work site location. Once your enquiry has been lodged, either via the website or over the phone, you will receive a confirmation sheet including your details and those of the location. The confirmation sheet also gives you the opportunity to check that all details supplied to you are correct. The confirmation sheet also lists the member companies that may have underground networks located around your identified work site. Upon receipt of your enquiry these companies are requested by Dial Before You Dig to supply you with information of their underground networks within two working days. At the end of the day contacting Dial Before You Dig before commencing any ground-related work means you won’t risk your or your family’s safety or create any financial burdens. Dial Before You Dig each and every time you plan to do work that could potentially damage underground pipes or cables. Remember it’s a free service that could ultimately save you thousands of dollars or prevent injury or death. Visit our website to lodge an enquiry or to discover further information www.dialbeforeyoudig.com.au.
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