DIRT Supplemental Analysis Published

Common Ground Alliance released a report from the Data Reporting & Evaluation Committee analyzing near-miss DIRT data from 2015-2018.

The DIRT User Guide defines a near miss as: An event where a damage did not occur, but a clear potential for damage was identified. Some examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. An excavator discovers a buried facility that was not marked or not marked accurately.
  2. An excavator is found digging without having notified the one call center.
  3. An operator fails to respond to a locate request.
  4. A one call center incorrectly entered data regarding the work site.
The report provides background and history of near-miss data collection in DIRT, and compares near-miss versus damage reports submitted by the top reporting stakeholders: Excavators, Natural Gas, Liquid Pipeline, and Locators. A copy of the report can be viewed in the Common Ground Alliance section of the Resource Center.