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Utilities, Pipeline, Telecom

“Everybody’s third-party is some else’s second party.”

For decades, buried-asset owners have struggled with reducing damages to their infrastructure done by “third party” contractors.  Gold Shovel Standard is an ambitious partnership to drive a reduction in all damages, but especially these “third-party” damages.

Becoming a member of Gold Shovel Standard is an effective and inexpensive and an effective way to reduce line strikes to critical infrastructure.

Gold Shovel Standard is easy to adopt with existing resources, and the costs are minimal. The program does the most significant part of the work on behalf of the member company.

Organizations can implement Gold Shovel Standard regardless of size, use internal employees or contractors, or whether they are public or private entities.

To request a utility, pipeline or telecommunications membership specialist contact you, call (855) 676-7252 or Email Gold Shovel Standard.


Gold Shovel Standard helps municipalities reduce damages to buried assets — saving lives, maximizing commerce, and avoiding wasteful use of municipal resources. Damages to city infrastructure have a wide range of impacts, almost always negative. Strikes to gas and pipelines can injure or kill residents; strikes to electric lines can injure or kill workers and throw sections of the city into darkness; telecommunications line strikes can separate the public from life-saving necessities like first responders or police.

Gold Shovel Standard is easy to adopt with existing resources. The program does the majority of the work, the main contribution of municipalities being their commitment to embrace the program for the benefit of their residents and businesses. Most municipalities can take the initial steps towards full Gold Shovel Standard implementation with little difficulty, regardless of whether they operate under federal or state statutes, or under city ordinances derived from the city’s charter and city council. Most municipalities will begin with the most straightforward items and roll out the program over time.

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To request a municipal membership specialist contact you, call (855) 676-7252 or Email Gold Shovel Standard.


Gold Shovel Standard certification is a widely-recognized indication of increased safety awareness and a commitment to continuous damage prevention improvement. Excavators that are members of the Gold Shovel Standard program rely on technology to measure safety and efficacy, and can present hard data to support their positive reputation.

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Locate-and-Mark Companies

Gold Shovel Standard believes that industry will struggle to achieve a significant reduction in damages until all responsible parties (operators, excavators, locators) continuously improve and that measurements underpin continuous improvement.

Locate-and-mark companies are encouraged to become part of the GSS community to join an ever-increasing public commitment to transparency and shared performance metrics.

To participate in the program, become a member or request a Gold Shovel Standard specialist contact you, call (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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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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