Metrics

Metrics

Gold Shovel Standard provides facility owners and contractors the field visibility they’ve never had regarding infrastructure strikes with its proprietary Damage Prevention Incident Rating (DPIR). 

Developed with stakeholders in the industry, Gold Shovel Standard is leading a growing movement for accountability and transparency in the excavation community. And, it’s working. 

  • Infrastructure strikes among GSS-certified contractors are decreasing even as the excavation community as a whole is experiencing an increase in damage incidents. 
  • Contractors are choosing to become GSS-certified on their own, before an owner/operator client ever asks, creating a safer environment for everyone. 
  • GSS certification is positively impacting the entire excavation ecosystem, as third-party strikes are decreasing among operators, municipalities and contractors who have become certified.

Real solutions to real problems are only solved when measurement is involved. By offering a critical, transparent analysis of field work with its DPIR system, GSS and its certified partners are making strides toward an excavation industry free of damaging infrastructure strikes.

It’s time to become an agent for change.

Data

  • Gold Shovel Standard relies on a system of non-punitive reporting. Gold Shovel Standard does not judge or analyze the data, it simply provides the framework to collect it.
  • Data collected by Gold Shovel Standard is controlled by the stakeholder that provided it. Gold Shovel Standard will not share it without permission.
  • Gold Shovel Standard utilizes third-party specialists to evaluate the security of data systems.
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. ShovelSafe from Oropala 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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