Who: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Damage Prevention Council of Texas Northwest
Mayor Adam Steen, City of Monahans
What: As part of Permian Basin Safety Day, the Mayor Adam Steen presented the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Damage Prevention Council of Texas’ Permian Basin Chapter with a proclamation recognizing Aug. 11, 2022, as National Safe Digging Day. Known as “811 Day,” the annual commemoration serves to remind employers, workers and others to call before beginning an excavation project to avoid damage to underground pipes and electrical lines. Mayor Steen delivered the proclamation during the Safety Day activities.
When: August 11, 2022
8 a.m. CDT
Where: Ward County Event Center
1525 Monahans Parkway
Monahans, TX 78756
Background: In February 2020, OSHA signed an alliance with the Damage Prevention Council to educate employers and employees in the 254 Texas counties about trenching and excavation hazards. Each year, “811 Day” reminds contractors and property owners nationwide of the importance of calling the national “call-before-you-dig” number at 811 before beginning excavation projects to avoid damage to underground pipes and electrical lines. Calling 811 initiates a process to help locate and mark underground infrastructure prior to the start of excavation, avoids disruptions and helps keep workers safe.