Gas Networks Ireland reminds you to 'Dial Before You Dig' during Construction Safety Week

"Checking for the location of underground gas pipes before starting any excavation works can help prevent accidental damage to pipelines which can cause major disruption, serious injury and even death."
That’s the message from Construction Safety Week (October 25-29) sponsors Gas Networks Ireland, as the energy utility reminds contractors to put safety first and always ‘Dial Before You Dig’.
Despite extensive advertising campaigns and its award-winning Dial Before You Dig service, Gas Networks Ireland last year responded to over 480 incidents of damage to the underground gas network. 
With construction back in full swing, Gas Networks Ireland’s Networks Safety Manager, Owen Wilson, said now is the ideal time to remind the industry of the importance of putting safety at the heart of everything they do.
“Transporting large amounts of energy is Gas Networks Ireland’s core business and doing that safely is fundamental to our success, which is why we are proud to support Construction Safety Week for another year,” Mr Wilson said.
“Energy, such as gas, is safe when treated with respect, but accidental damage to pipelines and other gas equipment can not only cause major disruption to the network, but also pose a danger to those in the vicinity, resulting in serious injury or even death.
“Any responsible contractor will want to make sure that they operate a safe site. Obtaining maps of underground services and checking for the location of pipelines is a critical step when planning any excavation.  
“Our online Dial Before You Dig service provides access to these drawings far quicker and easier than ever before. The online service provides virtually instant access to vital gas network drawings that would normally take 48 hours or longer to arrive, in minutes or even seconds, day or night, without the hassle of having to email in a map of the location for which drawings are needed.”
Since going live two years ago,  Gas Networks Ireland’s multi-award winning 'Dial Before You Dig' portal has gained more than 3,800 registered users and has been used over 32,000 times. 
Construction Safety Week is an initiative of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Safety and Health Subcommittee and takes place from Monday 25 to Friday 29 October 2021, with each day bringing a new theme focussing on different aspects of safety, health and wellbeing.  
Friday’s closing theme is Managing Hazardous Energies. Safety week sponsors Gas Networks Ireland and ESB Networks will co-host a joint webinar for CIF members to help companies not only prevent incidents, but react best when they do occur, with a particular focus on gas and electricity infrastructure.