On Monday, June 18, 2018, New York State Legislature passed Senate Bill S.6756 and Assembly Bill 9985. This is a historical benchmark for the safety of communities and families state-wide. Requiring, any operator or contractor working for a municipality to receive education on safe digging best practices from their local one-call center. The bill will now be delivered to the governor for his signature. Once Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the bill, it will become law in New York State.
With more than 100 billion feet of underground utilities in the United States, the safety of families and communities is jeopardized each day an excavator goes uneducated on the proper safe digging best practices. Currently, Dig Safely New York educates between 13,000 and 16,000 professionals annually; more than 1,000 of which for the last two (2) consecutive years through its Certified Excavator Program (CEP) in Safe Digging Best Practices. The CEP fulfills the amended law's requirement for a training course.
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What was the largest change? New York State’s General Business Law was amended to include “… any local government (defined as a “county, town [or], city [outside the city of New York or a county within the city of New York] or village.) that contracts with an excavator to excavate underground facilities must require the excavator to complete the one-call notification system training and education program.” This amendment has led to all local government contracted excavators to become a Certified
Excavator, through Dig Safely New York, Inc.’s Certified Excavator Program. For the official Senate Bill S. 6756, please click here.
Who will have to be trained. Once this bill is signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, excavators that work for a local government and their hired contractors, as well as excavators that work for an operator and their hired contractors, will be required to receive training and education from their local one-call center. Please click here for more information.
Why it matters to you. Increased numbers of educated excavators will enhance protection of the families and communities that call New York State home.
Why it matters to us. Dig Safely New York's mission is to protect the state's underground infrastructure and the individuals that live in the communities we serve - like you. Under this bill, the Dig Safely New York Certified Excavator program in Safe Digging Best Practices constitutes as adequate training. Currently, there are more than 2,000 Certified Excavators throughout the state.
Dig Safely New York's Certified Excavator Program
The Dig Safely New York, Inc. Certified Excavator Program in Safe Digging Best Practices has set a new standard for training New York State professional excavators in the proper procedures of excavation.
- For more information on Senate Bill S.6756 and Assembly Bill 9985, please click here.
- For more information on Dig Safely New York, Inc.’s Certified excavator program, please click here.
- To schedule a private in-person Certified Excavator Class, please click here.
- For more information on the online Certified Excavator Class, please click here.