For years, DIRT has provided industry insights on damages to underground infrastructure. DIRT data is a critical component of reducing damages, as it provides visibility into the causes of excavation damages and trends over time. The data also helps point the way to how our industry can save lives, protect communities and reduce costs.
Near miss reports (or discoveries) tell a very important story in damage prevention. Near misses identify circumstances that could have resulted in excavation damage, but did not. Near miss reports give our industry insights into potential excavation damages. By analyzing near miss data, we can better understand the practices in the field that prevent damages, especially when another stakeholder has made a mistake in fulfilling their responsibilities, or other circumstances negatively impact safe excavation.