Know What's Below
DamageAccess: Cloud Based Reporting Service
PelicanCorp Canada
DamageAccess is an online tool that allows utilities and contractors to report both damages to underground utility facilities and violations of safe excavating practices that did not result in asset damage. It eliminates all manual handling of damage reports achieving greater accuracy in reporting to Public Utilities Regulatory Authorities, increasing efficiencies and improving visibility across all incidents.
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Upcoming Events

There is still time to register for the 2020 ORCGA Damage Prevention Symposium on February 11-13, in Ottawa, Ontario. This is a signature event for the ORCGA attracting over 265+ damage prevention management professionals and decision-makers from across Ontario, including stakeholder groups such as oil and gas, municipalities, telecommunications, emergency management, electrical transmission/distribution, engineers and provincial regulators.


The CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo is the premiere international event dedicated to providing educational content and resources to help protect buried assets. Don’t miss your chance to take part in the event and take home information to help your business.

ORCGA Damage Prevention Symposium
February 11–13
Chateau Laurier
Ottawa, Ontario

Congrès de Info-Excavation
February 19–21
Lévis Convention Centre
Lévis, Quebec

Canadian Gas Association Operations, Engineering and Integrity Conference
February 24–27
Hyatt Regency
Calgary, Alberta

The Construction Expo
March 6–7
Cloverdale Exhibition Ground
Surrey, BC

Arctic Oil & Gas Symposium
March 18–19
Hotel Arts
Calgary, Alberta

CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo
March 24–26
Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, California

Canadian Gas Dialogues
April 1
Calgary Petroleum Club
Calgary, Alberta

Western Conference on Safety
April 6–7
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

CAPULC Safety Conference
April 24
Gasoline Alley
Red Deer, Alberta

Petroleum Safety Conference
April 28–30
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Banff, Alberta

Reef Industries, Inc.
Lonestar West, a Clean Harbors Company
National News

Source: NPR |

A construction worker's suicide resulted in RK Construction Inc. putting together a model for suicide prevention in the construction industry, involving 24-hour access to counseling services, lenient leave policies and crisis training for managers.

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Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) require Gas and hazardous pipeline operators to report all pipeline incidents. Over the past 15 years, excavation damage has been reported as the cause of 1052 incidents, including 48 deaths.

40 years as Canada's Premier Utility Contractor
Since 1978, we've delivered projects safely, on time and on budget. Valard has full-service capabilities for transmission, distribution, substations, foundations, telecommunications and renewable energy. In addition, Valard is head of the Valard Group of Companies, and part of the Quanta Group, the largest electrical power contractor in North America. We have the experience, knowledge and resources to take on any utility project, any size, any complexity, any place.
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Association News

The 2018 DIRT Report estimates damage to buried utilities continues to cost Canada at least $1 billion every year.

Le rapport ORDI 2018 estime que les dommages causés aux infrastructures souterraines continuent de coûter au Canada au moins un milliard de dollars par année.

Naylor Association Solutions
Lonestar West, a Clean Harbors Company
Regional Partners

The Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) is seeking to hire a Contract Administrator for their Training Standards Committee. The TSC Administrator will work with training providers applying for endorsement to the Ground Disturbance training standards in Alberta and British Columbia, as well as work with regional partners across Canada to adapt the ABCGA Standards to other jurisdictions.