Written by The Business Journal Staff
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is celebrating National Safe Digging Month in April, releasing a list of the cities with the most dig-ins last year that has Fresno in the top 10.
PG&E urges contractors — or anyone that has to dig — to make a free call to 811 at least two working days ahead of digging projects to be sure there’s no damage to underground gas, electric, telecommunications and other infrastructure. Last year, PG&E reported more than 1,600 dig-ins throughout its service area.
Fresno had 39 dig-ins last year, ranking it No. 6 among the cities with the most dig-ins. Sacramento had the most with 90, followed by Oakland with 78 and San Francisco with 65 to round out the top 3.
Fresno County was the site of one especially damaging dig-in a year ago that killed one man and injured 13 others.
“There’s a dig-in every six minutes in America. We’re helping change that by doing our part here in California to keep our communities safe. The truth is that simple garden and landscaping work such as putting in a new flower bed or fence post can result in dig-ins. The safe digging awareness and actions of homeowners and contractors can not only prevent outages, but save lives,” said Jesus Soto, PG&E’s senior vice president of Gas Operations.