safe digging partner of the month

GREENSBORO, NC (July 30, 2015)
NC811 began a Safe Digging Partner program in April of 2015.  The program signifies a commitment to help prevent damages to buried utilities. To become a partner, all that’s needed is to sign a pledge to ‘Call 811 Before You Dig’.  NC811 will provide safe digging partner stickers to place on vehicles and equipment in order to spread the 811 message to the public.  Each month NC811 will choose a Safe Digging Partner that exemplifies this commitment and will spotlight them with recognition.

Fred Smith Company Construction in Raleigh, NC was chosen as the Safe Digging Partner for July.  Walter Burns, Safety Manager stated, “Fred Smith Company is excited to partner with NC811 to show our commitment in protecting our employees, public and environment. We strive to be a safety conscious organization and the Safe Digging Partner decals will be placed on our hardhats as well as our commitment to have all management and supervisors complete the on-line Pipes Plus Training offered by NC811. Fred Smith Company takes safety very seriously, and aggressively pursues a plan to minimize accidents. Every job site is kept as safe as humanly possible to reduce the possibility of workforce injury.”

On Friday, July 1, 2015, NC811 presented a recognition certificate to highlight their commitment to damage prevention. “This is truly the type of Safe Digging Partner that NC811 is looking for:  The commitment to making the Call to 811, Waiting the required time, Respecting the Marks, and Digging Safely,” stated Ann Rushing. To become a Safe Digging Partner, visit

About NC811
Since 1978 North Carolina 811 has provided you a fast and easy communications link with your local utility providers. You give us your locate information, we transmit it to the utilities and then they send out locators to mark your underground lines for FREE. So remember, call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three business days before you plan on digging.  More information about the services of NC811 is available at