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

Number of network strikes rising by over 20% as construction gathers pace again

Digging into natural gas pipelines can cause major disruption, serious injury and even death.  Gas Networks Ireland is responsible for the safety of the gas network, and this Construction Safety Week, is reminding contractors to put safety first and check the location of the underground gas pipelines before beginning any work.

Maps locating the gas pipeline network can be accessed instantly on Gas Network Ireland’s new online 'Dial Before You Dig' mapping service https://www.gasnetworks.ie/dbyd/

This online service makes it easier than ever to check whether there are underground gas pipes on a site before any ground breaking work commences, ensuring a safe dig.

Last year, there were 550 incidents of damage to the low and medium pressure gas distribution networks, mostly in urban and suburban locations and there were nearly 50 instances of unauthorised excavation near the high-pressure gas transmission network, mostly located in rural areas.

In the first half of 2019, there have already been nearly 350 incidents of damage to the distribution network – a sharp increase, driven by the current construction boom. 

A key control to prevent this risk of accidents is access to utility maps from utility owners.  All utility owners operate systems to provide maps of their pipes and cables on request. In 2018, the GNI 'Dial Before You Dig' service dealt with nearly 10,000 such requests and has already seen a 15% increase in requests in the first half of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.

Owen Wilson, Networks Safety Manager with Gas Networks Ireland, said “Any responsible contractor will want to make sure that they operate a safe site. Obtaining maps of underground services is a critical step when planning any excavation.  Our new online Dial Before You Dig service can provide these drawings far quicker and easier than ever before.”

'Dial Before You Dig' can be found on  https://www.gasnetworks.ie/dbyd/ or by phoning  1850 42 77 47 or emailing dig@gasnetworks.ie

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Marie Sheehan | PR Manager
Gas Networks Ireland
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About Gas Networks Ireland:
Gas Networks Ireland is the business division of Ervia that owns, builds and maintains the natural gas network in Ireland and connects all customers to the gas network. Gas Networks Ireland operates one of the most modern and safe gas networks in the world and ensures that 700,000 homes and businesses receive a safe, efficient and secure supply of natural gas, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Ervia is a commercial semi-state multi-utility company with responsibility for the delivery of gas and water infrastructure and services in Ireland.