Locate and Mark

Locate and Mark

Accurate and reliable locates before excavation (“Pre-Excavation”) are foundational to safe excavation and infrastructure protection. Successful locating is timely, accurate and infused with ample communication between stakeholders. Success also requires a close partnership between asset owners and the locators they employ, where incentives are appropriately structured, prints are correct and readily available, subsurface engineering is thoughtfully anticipated, and host of other intertwined activities are productively executed.

Pre-Excavation Metrics

Gold Shovel Standard is working with a panel of experts to drive transparency through standardized performance measurements into these pre-excavation activities. Just as greater transparency has improved industries as disparate as law enforcement, automobiles, and healthcare, Gold Shovel Standard believes it will deliver increasing benefits to our communities, as well.

Dramatic reductions in the frequency of line strikes will remain elusive unless all parties continuously improve, and measurements underpin continuous improvement. Standardizing how measurements are done is an overdue first step to drive performance improvement and increase public and workforce safety. Damage prevention measurements enhance and improve the safety of our workforce and the public alike.



The Need For Standardized Metrics

The Need For Standardized Metrics

Dramatic reductions in the frequency of line strikes will remain elusive unless all parties continuously improve and measurements underpin continuous improvement. Standardizing the measurement process is an overdue first step to drive performance improvement and increase public and workforce safety. To achieve this ambitious plan, Gold Shovel Standard is working with balanced teams of damage prevention experts to draft, refine and broadly deploy damage prevention metrics for all stakeholders.

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Third-Party Damage Reductions and Communities

Third-Party Damage Reductions and Communities

“Everybody’s third-party is somebody’s second-party.” Reducing line strikes associated with small excavators and third-parties persists as the top priority for all stakeholders in damage prevention. These are difficult reductions to influence, and yet they represent the single biggest risk to safety associated with excavation damage. Gold Shovel Standard Communities are novel and ambitious partnerships to attack this persistent and difficult challenge.

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ShovelSafe™

ShovelSafe™

Increasing safety is impossible without the right tools. Gold Shovel Standard provides world-class technology to drive continuous improvement that reduces damages and increases public and workforce safety. Gold Shovel Standard’s ShovelSafe technology puts damages prevention at the fingertips of business leaders, giving them the tools to drive continuous performance improvement. ShovelSafe is world-class technology for analyzing and tracking damage prevention performance.

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Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Pursuing the industry-wide goal of zero incidents requires comprehensive, systematic use of Safety Management Systems. Pipeline and other energy companies, and along with the regulatory community have recognized the critical importance of SMS. Broad adoption of Damage Prevention-Safety Management Systems (DP-SMS), which are safety management systems specifically tailored for damage prevention is a necessary ingredient to achieve that industry-wide goal of zero incidents.

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