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  • 03 May 2017 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    The Senate of Canada has voted this week to adopt Bill S-229, An Act respecting underground infrastructure safety, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 following its third reading. The bill, which was introduced by Senator Grant Mitchell in September, will now proceed to the House of Commons where, if passed, it will receive Royal Assent and be made law.

    "No doubt that today is a big day for the CCGA and damage prevention in Canada,” said Mike Sullivan, executive director of the CCGA. “We've never gotten this far in our goal to achieve damage prevention legislation.”

    Inspired by the "Call or Click Before You Dig" principle, the bill will:

    • Require operators of underground infrastructure that is federally regulated or on federal land to register that infrastructure with a notification centre.
    • Require people who are planning to dig to first make a "locate request" with the relevant notification centre.
    • Require operators of underground infrastructure to respond to locate requests by either locating and marking the ground, providing a clear description of the location of the underground infrastructure in the vicinity of the proposed excavation, or providing an all clear to proceed with the excavation.

    “Bill S-229 represents very positive and unique public policy,” said Senator Grant Mitchell. “This bill will significantly reduce societal, economic and business costs, and significantly enhance public safety. And, it will do this at no appreciable cost to government.

    I am very pleased that S-229 was passed by the Senate with vast support from all groups. Now that the bill has been sent to the House of Commons, I trust that it will be given due consideration in order to help ensure the safety of individuals, workers and the public in proximity to excavation work, and protect the integrity Canada’s underground infrastructure.” 

    We are still looking for your help in supporting Bill S-229 in the House of Commons.

    Providing your support is easy to do! Follow this link to learn more.

  • 23 Apr 2017 9:10 PM | Anonymous

    In the fall of 2016 the CCGA released Best Practices Version 2.0. This includes updates developed through regional and stakeholder consensus. It also for the first time is available in French.  

    This is a continuation of the significant goal of the harmonized Best Practices Version 1.0 released in 2014. 

    To order printed copies of The CCGA Best Practices Volume 2.0, please email info@canadiancga.com. Cost per book is $10.00 CDN and includes shipping and handling.

  • 01 Feb 2017 9:09 PM | Anonymous

    We are looking for your help in supporting Bill S-229, An Act respecting underground infrastructure safety, introduced by Senator Grant Mitchell.

    Providing your support is easy to do! Follow this link to learn more. 

  • 23 Feb 2016 8:43 PM | Anonymous

    On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to present the ABCGA 2015 annual report. This report summarizes some of our many accomplishments in 2015. We appreciate contributions from you, our volunteers, and your dedication to ensuring public, environmental and worker safety; and above all, enhancing the integrity of our critical underground infrastructure - Alberta’s economic backbone.

    Michelle Tetreault
    Executive Director
    ABCGA


  • 09 Oct 2015 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Danatec Educational Services Ltd. and Global Training Centre have been granted full endorsement of their joint online supervisory level ground disturbance training program as meeting the requirements of the ABCGA Standard 201, Ground Disturbance - Supervisory.  

  • 17 Sep 2015 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Western Canada 2014 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report provides detailed analyses and recommendations pertaining to the submitted buried asset damage event reports in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

    Download the Western Canada 2014 DIRT Report (4MB - PDF)

  • 16 Jul 2015 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    By Action of the Board on 15 July 2015, Alberta Hot Line Inc.. has been granted full endorsement of their online Safe Digging training program as meeting the requirements of the ABCGA Standard 201, Ground Disturbance - Supervisory.


  • 19 Jun 2015 11:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Action of the Board on 17 June 2015, Astec Safety inc. has been granted full endorsement of their online Ground Disturbance for Supervisors training program as meeting the requirements of the ABCGA Standard 201, Ground Disturbance - Supervisory.

  • 24 Mar 2015 6:09 PM | Anonymous

    SAFE DIGGING MONTH RATIONALE

    Alberta has a very comprehensive and complex infrastructure that provides essential goods and services to all Albertans. Each year there are numerous instances where the integrity of this infrastructure is jeopardized by improperly conducted ground disturbances. Failure to Click, Tap or Call Before You Dig to have buried facilities identified and their locations marked prior to disturbing the ground is the most frequent cause of buried facility damages.

    The consequences of damage to buried facilities can include service disruptions, environmental contamination, property damage, personal injury and death.

    All ground disturbers, including contractors, excavators, homeowners and land owners, can save time and money and keep themselves and our province safe and connected by following ground disturbance and buried facility damage prevention Best Practices. These include making that simple call to Alberta One-Call in advance of any ground disturbance project, waiting for the buried facility locates to be done, respecting the locate marks, exposing any conflicting buried facilities before using mechanical excavation equipment and digging with care.

    The stakeholders in the buried facility damage prevention process – the digging community, buried facility owners and operators, buried facility locators, regulatory agencies, training providers and the one-call centre – all agree that the prevention of damage to buried facilities is a shared responsibility.

    The organizations endorsing this initiative strongly advocate:

    • the need to Click, Tap or Call Before You Dig;
    • membership in Alberta One-Call by all buried facility owners and operators;
    • formal ground disturbance training for commercial ground disturbers; and
    • use of Alberta One-Call to request buried facility locates.

    As April is the traditional start-up of the annual digging season, the Alberta Common Ground Alliance proclaims April as SAFE DIGGING MONTH and encourages all ground disturbers to always Click, Tap or Call Before You Dig.

    Click Before You Dig

     

  • 19 Mar 2015 3:40 PM | Anonymous

    EAPUOC (Edmonton Area Pipeline and Utility Operators' Committee Safety Seminar & Trade Show takes place on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 7am - 4:30pm at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, AB.

    Visit www.eapuoc.com for full details.

    Tickets
    $52.50 (includes GST)
    Entrance Ticket includes Trade Show, Seminar,
    Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee Breaks

    Trade Show Participation
    $367.50 (includes GST)
    MOVE IN – Monday, April 6, 2015 / 1pm - 5pm
    TEAR DOWN – Immediately Following Seminar

    Contact Information
    To Order Tickets, Reserve Trade Show Booth Space
    or obtain information on the event
    Contact Judy McBride
    judymcbride@shaw.ca • 780.467.0649

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