Ground disturbance (GD) – it’s what we do!
There is no way around it... to clean up the earth we need to dig deep and disturb the ground. Of course, this needs to be done with caution given the myriad of buried infrastructure that we could encounter at any given site. That is why at today’s HSE meeting, we focused on an in-depth review of best practices with respect to GD. At the end of the day, the number-one priority with all project work involving GD is to ensure we have taken all steps to a) eliminate the risk of damaging buried infrastructure and b) complete the task at hand without incident. The first and most basic step is reaching out to your local One Call authority (at http://albertaonecall.com/ in AB), which is a free service, to locate all public utility lines at your site. Of course, there are many other resources available to us to help eliminate the risk associated with GD and we even added a few new ones to our internal GD policy that came up through our open discussion today. That’s the goal: do the job, do it well, and do it without incident – and in our line of work, GD planning is essential to realizing this goal! B. Rakewich