Underground utility damage prevention training is the first step to acheiving the "perfect excavation" as outlined in the DigSafe® Excavator Manual available at DigSafe®. Before you or your employees enter the field, be sure you understand the "Dig Safe" laws in Vermont; how to use the one call center to request a utility locate; utility marking standards; and best safety practices. All training is provided free of charge and can help you avoid costly damages and undue risk.
Training Materials ("Toolbox Talks")
Below you will find materials and information through short training bulletins that provide self-guided training on a variety of damage prevention topics to help remind, educate and enlighten employees and co-workers. (Adobe Reader® is required in order to download the following PDF files. Download Adobe Reader® here for free.)
- Call Before You Dig (200KB)
- Planning the Job (188.23KB)
- Maintaining the Marks (87.15KB)
- Pre-excavation Site Inspection (51.39KB)
- Pre-marking (60.97KB)
- Understanding Locators Marks (255.25KB)
- Pot Holing Best Practices (151.56KB)
- Protecting Exposed Facilities (141.21KB)
- Digging in the Tolerance Zone (66.4KB)
- Documenting and Reporting a Damage (177.64KB)
- Electricity Damage Procedures (155KB)
- Gas Damage Procedures (156.31KB)
- Enforcement (43.72KB)
Training Seminars Sponsored by the Public Service Department
Training seminars for underground utility damage prevention are held for entities who are ordered to attend training as a remediation for violation of underground utility damage prevention laws, as well as others seeking training.
Training Seminars Sponsored by Managing Underground Safety Training (MUST)
Managing Underground Safety Training (MUST) is a stakeholder group dedicated to underground facility safety through training. Their one-hour sessions include an overview of the Vermont underground utility damage prevention laws, utility marking standards, and best safety practices.
Schedule of MUST Training Events
If no events are scheduled in your area at this time, contact Dig Safe® or MUST to schedule a free safety seminar at your location: