Municipalities

Municipality Benefits

Public safety | Good governance | Resident satisfaction

Line strikes endanger residents, impact businesses, slow or stop commerce, distract fire and police resources, and disrupt the lives of the public. These disruptions can have catastrophic impacts, waste money and squander resources.

Municipal leaders hold the keys to reducing line strikes, and an increasing number of public figures are assuming a leadership role in managing damages and ensuring public safety.

Good Governance

Local government should implement decisions and follow processes that make the best use of the available people, resources and time to ensure the best possible results for their community. Gold Shovel Standard provides municipalities with the tools to save their residents and businesses time and money, and save lives.

Public Safety

No investment is more wisely made than one which both drives safety and simultaneously improves the quality of life for constituents. Damages to city infrastructure have a wide range of impacts, including physical injury to those in the field and the public, and a depletion of safety resources.

Resident Satisfaction

Many municipalities poll their populations to gauge satisfaction with services, reliability of infrastructure, and responses to issues of public and workforce safety. These polls indicate that the health of a municipality is often measured by the safety and reliability of its infrastructure, including key buried assets. A municipality’s loudest advocates are its residents, and Gold Shovel Standard provides the tools to keep residents engaged and content.

Learn more about Gold Shovel Standard adoption here.

Costs

The current annual fee for municipalities is $1500. If membership fees present a hardship, Gold Shovel Standard may waive them upon receipt of a hardship waiver.

Start the enrollment process today by calling Member Services at (855) 676-7252, or email Gold Shovel Standard.



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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