Don Masterson will tell you why. In this video, the veteran farmer shares his story of a chilling close call. He “over-ruled” his son and grandson, who wanted to call 811, because he had a survey that showed a straight pipeline. He was in a hurry.
“I was lucky once and I wouldn’t want to be in those shoes again,” he says on the video posted by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association @CNLA_ACPP on Twitter.
It’s a message for major construction employers and homeowners. Call BC One Call at 1-800-474-6886 “…whether you’re excavating on a job site or digging in your own garden, find out where gas lines and buried utilities are before you dig,” warns FortisBC.
FortisBC, WorkSafeBC, and other partners are providing these important safety reminders for industry and the public online at The Safety Zone – where you will find downloadable posters that can get conversations started at work, school, and in the community.
“The call is free, and it could save your life,” they remind us.
Read more on employers’ responsibilities in the OHS Regulatation Guidelines Part 20: Excavations.
Natural gas smells like rotten eggs or sulphur
So act fast if you smell it. “Leave the premises immediately and call 911 or the FortisBC 24-hour Emergency Line at 1-800-663-9911,” reads the Safety Zone.
More info on gas lines and other utilities is available from Manitoba Hydro in Electrical Safety on the Farm.