OSHA / Call Before You Dig

 OSHA COVID-19 Guidelines for active Construction sites

OSHA COVID-19 Guidelines Document

  • Restrict meetings, safety meetings/tailgate talks, and gatherings to no more than 10 people. (Ref. - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, OSHA 3990-03 2020)
  • Establish effective social distancing protocols, which ensure that staff maintain a 6 foot personal separation from other staff during meetings, discussions, etc. where 10 people or less are present. Ensure that social distancing protocols are maintained during operation of mobile service equipment designed for 2 or more passengers including, but not limited to, man lifts, scissors lifts, etc. (Ref. - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, OSHA 3990-03 2020)
  • Provide sanitation and cleaning supplies for addressing common surfaces in multiple user mobile equipment and multiple user tooling. (Ref. - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, OSHA 3990-03 2020)
  • Maintain 6 foot separation protocols for labor transportation services, such as buses, vans, etc.
  • Conduct daily surveys of changes to staff/labor health conditions. (Ref. - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, OSHA 3990-03 2020)
  • Ensure that any identified first responders in the labor force are provided and use the needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and equipment for protection from communicable or infections disease. (29 CFR 1910.1030)
  • Provide access to potable and sanitary water (29 CFR 1926.15)

Dig Safely - Please Call Before You Dig

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Whether you are a licensed contractor or a homeowner/landowner, you are required by law (NRS 455) to notify your local one-call utility notification center at least two working days (48 hours) prior to any digging/excavating.

When digging or excavating, people either neglect or decide not to call to request for underground utilities to be located and marked.  And it may be for the simple reasoning that this may cause project delays, additional costs, or the assumption that there are no underground utilities in the area or that prior area project calls would suffice.  Following this reasoning may result in leading to hazardous consequences.  To help address this issue, a new, Federally-mandated, national "Call Before You Dig" number has been created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while digging or excavating.  Now you just simply need to dial "811" to reach your local one-call center, regardless of where you are digging.

Just follow the four simple steps:

1) Call before you dig.

2) Wait the required time for facilities to be marked.

3) Respect the marks.

4) Dig with care.

If for any reasons you are not connected to your one-call center by dialing 811, you may dial 1-800-642-2444 or submit a ticket at www.811express.com

Remember, just call 811 - Its FREE, its the safe thing to do & it is the LAW.

If you don't call, it could result in hitting an underground utility line that in the least could result in disruption of utility service for you and/or your neighborhood.  At worst, it could cost the life of yourself, a worker or an innocent bystander.

If you would like to obtain further information regarding Call Before You Dig, please visit any of these following web-sites:


PHMSA Pipeline Safety Program

U S A North

Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 455

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