Farm Safety Check: Safe Digging

Farm Safety Check: Safe Digging

APRIL 2019

Digging SafetyPreparation is the first step on any project. Before starting a new digging project on the farm, call 811 before you dig. Hitting a buried utility is dangerous and expensive, and it’s the law to call 811 before you dig.

Remember: small or big, call then dig.

 

SAFETY CHECKLIST

  • Do you know what kind of projects you should call 811 for? Some include installing fence, drain tile, contouring.
  • Do you have the right information available for 811? This includes: location, type of project, timing of project.
  • Did you call 811 before you starting to dig?
  • Have you allowed required time for markings? Generally this takes 48-72 hours.
  • Do you respect all markings? Flags, paint, and other markers indicate utilities.
  • Do you have a plan to excavate carefully? Pothole or hand-digging helps determine exact utility location.
  • Are you aware of the hazards of the utilities? Ignition, burns, or oxygen displacement may be hazards.
  • Do you have an emergency plan in place in the event contact is made with a pipeline or buried utility?
  • Are you calling 811 for all projects? Utility depth can change over time so assumptions are risky.
  • Is everyone trained to recognize unsafe conditions, like leaks or damage to a utility?

You and/or your employee(s) can download and print a pdf checklist to complete safety checks on your farm.  Keep the completed forms for follow-up, future reference and inspections.

DOWNLOAD PDF CHECKLIST

 

Disclaimer: The facts and information listed above are suggestions for your safety, but are in no way a comprehensive and exhaustive list of all actions needed to ensure your safety.

 

AG HEALTH AND SAFETY SPOTLIGHT:
Safe Farm Excavation

Read our Spotlight Story on safe farm excavation by Barbara Cederberg, Chief Operations Officer of Gopher State One Call.