Did you know that June is National Safety Month? As far as we’re concerned at your Damage Prevention Councils of Texas, every month is National Safety Month. Our goal is damage prevention and making sure everyone goes home safe at the end of a day of construction and excavating around Texas’ buried infrastructure of utilities.
It’s easy enough to do by dialing or going online to 811 at the Texas811 portal, here. The Texas811 one-call center is open 24/7/365.
Your Damage Prevention Managers are out in the field just about every single day, teaching about 811 and emphasizing its use. We just can’t emphasize enough that a call to 811 to get buried infrastructure located and marked prior to a dig reduces the chances of an incident to less than one percent.
And while we’re primarily concerned with what’s below ground, we also are advocates of jobsite safety above ground, too.
Here’s what the National Safety Council (NSC) has to say about National Safety Month.
“Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities…NSC remains focused on saving lives and preventing injuries, including raising public awareness of the opioid epidemic, helping to reduce motor vehicle crashes and improving safety practices in workplaces all across the country.”
Maybe you think being safe is expensive. We’d gently remind you that our 811 service is free – and the NSC provides free resources to you as well.
Go to the NSC website, then look for the link that says “Get Your National Safety Month Materials.”
You’ll find a bonanza of safety tips in both English and Spanish, as well as information-packed articles and a graphic you are free to use on your own social media sites.
Of course, there’s much more than that, so go and explore!
And, we’d like to mention that Texas811 president Chris Stovall made an appearance on Great Day Houston, a production of Houston CBS affiliate KHOU.
Joining Chris was Greg Smith, President of Shell Pipeline Company, LP. Topics included use of the 811 system in Texas, hurricane and severe weather preparations and why 811 is so important in the aftermath, and a sneak peek at the coming 811 day celebrations in Houston including a concert – “811 Presents Cody Johnson & Friends”- at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday, August 11, 2018. You can see the interview here.
And please remember to come visit your nearest Damage Prevention Council. You can find a list of meetings here, and you are also encouraged to attend a Mock Line Strike, too. That list of upcoming events is here.
Until next week, safe digging!