Greensboro, NC (December 14, 2016) The City of Raleigh, NC has been chosen as the NC811 Safe Digging Partner for December 2016 due to its ongoing commitment to safety, damage prevention and spreading the “Call Before You Dig” message to the public.

Many safe digging partners have made the commitment to call 811 prior to any excavation, but few go above and beyond with making safety their #1 priority.  The City of Raleigh has shown their commitment to keeping their community and employees safe.  They participate in monthly Wake County Utility Coordinating Committee meetings and Christopher McGee serves as chair of the North Carolina Underground Damage Prevention Review Board.  “This is truly the type of Safe Digging Partner NC811 is looking for:  The commitment to keeping the community safe while excavating and providing a vital utility service to their customers,” said NC811’s Education Department Manager Ann Rushing.  Christopher McGee, the Transportation Field Services Manager for the City of Raleigh, was presented the award from Louis Panzer, Executive Director of North Carolina 811.

NC811 acknowledged the City of Raleigh’s commitment to damage prevention at their Raleigh, NC office on Friday, December 9, 2016 with a Safe Digging Partner award certificate.  “The City of Raleigh is honored to receive the Safe Digging Partner Award.  This award exemplifies our commitment to keeping our citizens and our employees safe.  The city promotes the safe digging message throughout all of our operational divisions as well as to our community.  Safety isn’t a priority for us, it’s a way of life!” said Christopher McGee.

Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first.  Find out more about becoming a Safe Digging Partner.

About NC811
Since 1978, North Carolina 811 has provided a fast and easy communications link with local utility providers. The public provides NC811 information about excavation, NC811 transmits the information to utilities and they send out locators to mark underground lines for free. Call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three working days before you plan on digging.

 About Raleigh, NC
Raleigh, founded in 1792, is the second largest city in North Carolina and is situated in the heart of North Carolina’s Piedmont region, which is centered between the sandy Atlantic beaches and the Great Smoky Mountains. The City is both the county seat of Wake County and the capital of North Carolina. Raleigh covers an area of more than 146 square miles and is home to a growing and diverse population of approximately 440,000 residents. Raleigh is consistently recognized as one of the best cities in America to live, work and play.