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April is National Safe Digging Month

Steve Wagner

What is National Safe Digging Month, and why does it matter for you? Well, it matters for anyone and everyone who plans to break ground this year.

Are you planting a garden? Building a fence or structure in your yard? Planning to lay a new patio? Adding an expansion onto your home?

No matter how simple or complicated your summer projects may be, one essential step you have to remember before you break ground is to call 811. Calling 811 is the only way to “Know what’s below” before you start digging. And it’s the law in Indiana!

Every year, damage is caused to crucial power, water, gas, phone, and other utility lines by people who dig before they know whether or not they are in a safe spot. Not only is damage caused to the lines, but this is a quick way to injure yourself or others helping you. Digging into wet ground and accidentally cutting through an electrical line is something we’d all like to avoid!

You can visit call811.com to sign their pledge to always call before you dig, and you can even attach a “Call 811” button to your website if you want to encourage others to call as well.

Just remember, before you break ground of ANY kind, check to make sure you aren’t going to injure yourself. If you have been injured in a digging accident, whether residential, or through an employer like a construction company, the attorneys at Wagner Reese can help you with any type of personal injury or work comp digging injury claim. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 to start the process of getting the compensation you deserve.

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