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April 5, 2011

April recognized as Safe Digging Month

Released: 2:05 p.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

The Manitoba Common Ground Alliance (MCGA), along with regional partners across Canada, is proclaiming April as Safe Digging Month. (for more details, please read the full media release below)

WINNIPEG - April 5, 2011 - The Manitoba Common Ground Alliance (MCGA), along with regional partners across Canada, is proclaiming April as Safe Digging Month.

MCGA and members work to promote the principles of Damage Prevention Best Practices. Ground disturbers, including contractors, homeowners and landowners can save time and money and keep our province safe and connected by following Damage Prevention Best Practices.

"Each year the integrity of Manitoba's underground infrastructure is jeopardized by damage during ground disturbance activities. When you 'Call Before You Dig' you help prevent damage to buried facilities as well as service disruptions, environmental contamination, property damage, personal injury and even death," said Derrick Saedal, City of Winnipeg Supervisor of Underground Structures and MCGA volunteer Executive Director.

The surface of Manitoba, both urban and rural, has an extensive but hidden underground network of pipes and cables that provides goods and services essential to today's society. Buried facilities include communication, gas and electrical distribution, sewer, water, storm, and transmission pipelines. In Manitoba, go to http://clickbeforeyoudigmb.com/ for contact information.

MCGA is a non-profit organization established to lead development of consistent practices and coordination of activities to ensure the highest possible standards of public safety, worker safety and damage prevention in connection with underground infrastructure. Its members consist of all sectors of the ground disturbance community including utilities, home builders, excavators, road builders, design professionals and workplace safety officials.

Manitoba companies who have taken leadership in safe dig initiatives include: the City of Winnipeg, MTS Allstream, Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association and MHCA WORKSAFELY Program, Manitoba Home Builders Association, Shaw Communications, Consulting Engineers of Manitoba and TransCanada.


City continues to seek volunteers for sandbagging

Released: 8:05 p.m.

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

The City is continuing its call for volunteers to assist property owners with sandbagging efforts tomorrow and over the coming days. (for more details, please read the full media release below)

WINNIPEG - April 5, 2011 - The City is continuing its call for volunteers to assist property owners with sandbagging efforts tomorrow and over the coming days.

Individuals and groups who are interested in volunteering to assist property owners build their sandbag dikes are asked to call 311 to express their interest and to indicate their availability.

Volunteers are required as early as tomorrow, Wednesday, April 6, 2011, with the first phase of sandbagging continuing on low-lying properties throughout the weekend.

Last update: 06.04.2011

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