With this year’s National Safe Digging Week in full swing, Mark Royse, Head of Sales at Mecalac Construction Equipment UK, discusses the importance of responsible digging and explains why site safety – both above and below the ground – should be seen as a key national priority.
According to data from Line Search Before U Dig (LSBUD), the free-to-use online utility asset map search system, more than 126,000 commercial and domestic digging projects are carried out across the UK every year. However, an estimated one in four people fail to properly check for hazards before breaking ground, leaving them open to unnecessary accidents and costly repairs.
Whether a simple landscaping redesign or the groundworks for a multi-million-pound infrastructure project, understanding the risks of ‘digging blind’ is essential. Indeed, with the hazards of pipe and cable damage, environmental harm, flooding, power outages and damage to broadband lines a real possibility, the implications of getting it wrong can be serious.
At Mecalac, we fully support the calls of National Safe Digging Week (4-11 July) and echo the message of ‘search before you dig’. As a global leader in compact construction equipment, we’ve been leading the charge when it comes t