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GSS At Work

GSS is supported equally by both facility owners and contractors, and it receives input and consideration from both parties as it continues to develop and deploy a damage accountability system that moves the industry forward. The growth of GSS participation is driving down damage incidents among certified facilities and contractors.

Metrics

Standardized damage prevention measurements are a key part of the GSS mission, and the establishment and broad deployment of metrics are core components of Gold Shovel Standard’s efforts to improve public and workforce safety.

Communities

GSS works to establish innovative partnerships between utilities to establish Gold Shovel Standard Communities, which produce collaborative, ever-expanding regions of increased safety and decreased risk to buried infrastructure.

Technology

Gold Shovel Standard’s ShovelSafe technology puts damage prevention at the fingertips of business leaders, giving them the tools to analyze and track damage prevention performance.

Safety

GSS further works to promote the use of appropriate safety management systems, specifically tailored for damage prevention (DP-SMS) as a necessary ingredient to achieve the industry-wide goal of zero incidents.

Streamline to Perform

  • Transparency has been used effectively in industries as disparate as law enforcement, automobiles and healthcare, to deliver marked improvements and transparency can work in damage prevention.
  • The damage prevention industry does not currently have established standardized measurement schemes. 
  • GSS believes that non-punitive reporting and judgment-free presentation of factual data is the best way to establish standardized metrics.
  • Fairly measuring damage prevention performance is difficult, but standardized measurements must be established and implemented, regardless of how difficult a task it may be.
  • Increasing safety and improving the protection of buried assets is the shared responsibility of Owner/Operators, locators and excavators.
  • Gold Shovel Standard Communities are an innovative way for asset owners to partner and share the responsibility for improving.

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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