Tips for Effective Use of 811

The damage prevention industry has many moving parts. Each stakeholder plays an important role in making the 811 process work effectively. If everyone involved works to make their area of responsibility more efficient, the entire 811 system will be able to function like a well-oiled machine.

The following videos and materials provide important tips for excavators when using 811.

How Professional Excavators Can Help When Making Locate Requests...


Provide Quality Information

Specific dig site location & dimensions


Correct contact name & phone number

Detailed description of work being performed




Manage Ticket Quantity

Give sufficient notice

Eliminate unnecessary requests

Stop locates on completed jobs


Additional Materials

For additional supporting materials to share with your industry, visit the toolkit on the Common Ground Alliance website.

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