April is New Jersey Underground Damage Prevention Month
NJBPU President Richard S. Mroz Encourages
Homeowners to “Call 811 Before You Dig”
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) President, Richard S. Mroz, and New Jersey utility leaders will hold a news conference to discuss the “Call 811 Before You Dig” initiative, a national campaign designed to raise awareness and remind homeowners, contractors, and excavators about the critical importance of calling 811, New Jersey One Call, to request a mark out of underground utilities before digging. In addition, NJBPU President Mroz will present a Proclamation issued by Governor Christie recognizing April as New Jersey Underground Damage Prevention Month.
The 811 Bike and 811 Car, two vehicles designed and built by Paul Teutul, Jr. of Paul Jr. Designs (“American Chopper”) will be on display. Millions of people watched the 811 Bike’s construction in 2012 on Discovery Channel’s show “American Chopper: Junior vs. Senior”. It’s a ten foot long motorcycle with an 85 horsepower Crazy Horse Bottlecap V-plus 100 engine. The 811 Car, built in 2016, is a specially customized Callaway Corvette SC757 Z06, super-charged with 757 horsepower and 777 lbs-ft of torque. Several details that stress the importance of calling 811 prior to any digging and the need to follow safe digging practices have been incorporated into the construction of these vehicles. Sharp-eyed observers will see pick-ax heads, backhoe buckets, a shovel blade and handle, the 811 logo, and more.
The media event is open to the public and will be held Monday, April 17, 2017, open to the public between 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. At 11:00 A.M., President Mroz will read and present Governor Christie’s Proclamation on the steps of the War Memorial near the State House in Trenton.
Damage Prevention Seminars
New Jersey facility operators, including Atlantic City Electric, Elizabethtown Gas, Jersey Central Power & Light, New Jersey Natural Gas, Public Service Electric and Gas, South Jersey Gas, United Water, Verizon and New Jersey One Call Center, will be hosting our 7th year series of meetings throughout the state to educate and promote the importance of underground utility safety. We encourage you and/or your staff to attend one of these FREE sessions to learn more about damage prevention and why it’s so important to call 811 for a mark out before you dig – it’s the law in New Jersey.
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Know What's Below - Call Before You Dig! If you are digging in New Jersey and need to know 'what's below', please review the following steps and follow the process to ensure a safe excavation experience!
Check out the 2014 Contractor Meeting Damage Prevention and Safety Slide Show, accessible from the Training and Safety page!
|Digging can be a dangerous activity. Everyone must take steps to protect underground utilities and avoid interruption of vital services, property damage and even possible injury. Take the following steps every time you dig and to help avoid damages, prevent expensive repairs, project delays and costly fines.|
New Jersey Law requires anyone digging to call at least three full business days (not counting weekends or holidays), prior beginning work. This includes professional excavators as well as property and home owners contractors. Call New Jersey One Call at 811 or 800-272-1000 any time of the day or night and take the following steps:
for the site to be marked with paint, flags or stakes.
Click here to see what colors each utility company uses.
This means hand digging within 2 feet either side of any marked facility.