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January 2016_E-Newsletter
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Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT)

To begin to address questions of damages for our state, Mississippi 811, Inc. has become a member of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA).  Since establishing the CGA in 2001, the CGA has worked to bring together 16 different stakeholder groups to enhance the damage prevention process and reduce damages to underground utilities on a national level.

In November 2003, the CGA launched DIRT (Damage Information Reporting Tool) a secure web application for the collection and reporting of underground damage information.
 
The primary purpose in collecting underground facility damage data is to analyze data, learn why events occur, and how actions by industry can prevent them in the future; thereby, ensuring the safety and protection of people and the infrastructure.   Data collection will help to identify root causes and perform trend analysis so that damages can be reduced through effective practices and procedures. 
 
This data will be used to reduce underground facility damage, which threatens the public's safety and costs billions of dollars each year. In order to better understand where, how and why these damages are occurring, accurate and comprehensive data is required.  The data will be analyzed and our findings will be issued via comprehensive reports.  The data will NOT be used for enforcement purposes or to try and determine damage liability. The individual identities of parties involved with records submitted will be kept confidential.
 
To simplify this process, Mississippi 811 will be collecting this data and submitting it to CGA for you through our Mississippi 811 Virtual Private DIRT.  We have provided a link on our website (www.ms811.org), so individuals across our state can report and enter information relating to damages or near misses in Mississippi.  For additional information on the DIRT program go to the following link:
https://www.cga-dirt.com/ms1call/control/login.do.    
 

For more information on the DIRT program, please contact Phil Davis by phone at (601) 668-6411 or email phildavis@ms811.org. To sign up for the DIRT program, please contact Fred Johnson by phone at (601) 362-4322 or email office@ms811.org
MS811 Events and News

Reminders
  • Mississippi 811 would like to remind you, when calling in locate requests to have all work site information ready before calling. That includes address or street name, nearest intersection with mileage/distance to work site, and where exactly on the site you will be digging.
  • In addition to Short Notice & Emergency locate requests Mississippi 811 now offers Members the capability of receiving text for Normal requests. If you would like to participate, please contact Joanna Henderson by phone at (601) 362-3887 or email  members@ms811.org. 
PHMSA Ruling
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) may enforce federal pipeline safety law in Mississippi beginning January 1, 2016. 49 C.F.R. § 196. Federal law:
 
- Requires all “excavators to call 811 before digging”, and defines “excavation” as “all excavation activity involving both mechanized and non-mechanized equipment, including hand tools.” 49 C.F.R. §§ 196.3 and 196.103.
 
- Makes no exemptions of any kind, not even for homeowners, farmers, or routine road and railroad maintenance.  Federal law also does not recognize any tolerance zones or make emergency excavation exceptions. 49 C.F.R. §§ 196 and 198.
 
Fines of up to $200,000 per violation per day, up to $2,000,000 could be levied.
 
Mississippi legislators still have the opportunity to add a reasonable damage prevention enforcement provision to the existing damage law, if they will.  Stayed tuned, we will try to post information as this effort further develops.  


For information on upcoming Pipeline Safety meetings please click on the following link: http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/calendar#pipeline_calendar_tab.

Safety Awareness

This is the time of season homeowners & other excavators are out in yards doing maintenance and other activities. Please remember to call MS811 before any projects big or small such as the following: driving fence post, general lawn care, or installing tent and water slide stakes and other metal objects into the ground.
 
Mark Your Calendars

DPC Meetings    
Jan. 13 (Madison) - Public Works Dept, 1239 Hwy 51, Madison, MS.
Jan. 14 (Yazoo City) - Public Works Dept, 210 S Mound St, Yazoo City, MS.
Jan. 19 (Columbus) - 
Trotter Convention Center, 123 5th St N, Columbus, MS.
Jan. 26 (Meridian) - East MS EPA, 2128 Hwy 39 N, Meridian, MS.
Jan. 27 (Greenwood) - 
Atmos Energy Corp, 120 E Church St, Greenwood, MS.
Jan. 28 (Vicksburg) - 
Vicksburg Gas Plant, 801 Washington St, Vicksburg, MS.

 **For more information please contact your area DPC coordinator by clicking on http://ms1call.org/damage-prevention/**
                   
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