Georgia 811 encouraging safe digging practices to prevent damage and promote public safety

Updated: Apr. 2, 2019 at 9:58 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - April marks Safe Digging Month in Georgia.

The initiative promotes safe digging practices among utility companies, professional excavators, and homeowners.

Those who may dig near utility lines or gas lines are encouraged to call 811 two days before digging. Someone from Georgia 811 will come out to mark utility lines to prevent hitting the lines.

A former Olympian and Georgia native explained why this campaign is personal to him.

"I was involved in a construction accident where I actually hit underground power cables and I nearly lost my life,” said Cliff Meidl, spokesperson and former two-time Olympian. “So, it's a mission to me to be able to go out there and if we can promote anybody to dig safe at any time, you know we're definitely doing our job. “So, if you have that chance doing any type of work around your house, make sure you contact 811."

No matter the size of the job, Georgia 811 representatives will mark where utility lines are located.

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