CENTENNIAL, CO – Summit Utilities announced their approval by the Gold Shovel Association to obtain a Gold Shovel Standard Certification. The Gold Shovel Standard is a safety program created to raise the bar for excavation safety performance and ensure that contractors doing excavation work demonstrate a commitment to safe digging.
“We are pleased to obtain a Gold Shovel Standard Certification and have access to technology that will help make our employees, contractors, and the public much safer,” said Jason Weekley, Chief Operations Officer. “At Summit Utilities, safety is our top priority. This commitment to safety is evidenced in the Gold Shovel Standard Certification received.”
For several years Summit Utilities has encouraged contractors and homeowners to call 811 before digging and participated in education and outreach events to promote safe digging.
Gold Shovel Standard (GSS) is a nonprofit organization committed to improving workforce and public safety and the integrity of buried infrastructure. GSS believes that greater transparency in all aspects of damage prevention among buried-asset operators, locators and excavators is essential to drive continuous improvement, and vital to increasingly safe working conditions and communities.
"Summit’s commitment to safety extends beyond the work done by our team members," Weekley, said. "The Gold Shovel Standard ensures that contractors doing excavation work with Summit have a strong commitment to safe excavation practices. It only takes striking a single line once to cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages."
For more information about Gold Shovel Standard, visit their website at: www.goldshovelstandard.com.