SCE was recently advised that it has qualified for certification in the Gold Shovel Standard. As reflected in the Association’s literature, “The mission of the Gold Shovel Standard is to both certify that excavators and locators have adopted standard safety management elements into their excavating processes and create and deploy the infrastructure to quantitatively measure and communicate their success in doing so.” The Standard was developed to counter the impact of excavating companies who take shortcuts, jeopardize the safety of the nation’s network of underground utlities, and undercut the pricing of those who follow best practices. An increasing number of the nation’s largest contractors and developers demand Gold Shovel certification and SCE is proud to be at the forefront of this emerging quality and safety standard. Monthly safety assessments and continual training on best practices, utility markouts, and incident response are benchmarks of the program.

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