story (not a joke!) about the most likely fiber optic communications
system failure being caused by "backhoe fade" reminds us that digging
safely is vitally important. The risk is not just interrupting
communications, but the life-threatening risk of digging up high
voltage or gas lines.
is a website called "Common
Ground Alliance" that focuses directly on this issue. Here is
how they describe themselves:
Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility
Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is a member-driven association dedicated
to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity
of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices.
In recent years, the association has established
itself as the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to
all underground facilities in North America through shared
responsibility among all stakeholders.
special interest is their "Best
Practices" Manual, available for downloading. If you do OSP
installs, please get yourself a copy and read it.