Damage Information Reporting Tool
Utility Safety Partners produces an annual Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) document. The report collects and analyzes critical information on underground damage and near-miss occurrences. It also provides recommendations to stakeholders about how to best protect buried infrastructure.
What is DIRT?
DIRT is the acronym for “Damage Information Reporting Tool.” It is a secure web application that anonymously collects any stakeholder’s data about excavation incidents that could have, or did, lead to a damaged underground facility.
Who Can Submit to DIRT?
Any damage prevention stakeholder with data pertaining to an excavation incident (including damage and near-hit incidents) can register to submit to DIRT. This includes facility operators, excavators, locators, as well as one call centres that collect data from stakeholders in their region. You do not have to be a Utility Safety Partners' member to submit data.
How is the Data Used?
All data collected by Utility Safety Partners is anonymous and confidential and is used only to produce the annual DIRT Analysis and Recommendations Report. This report is used primarily to help stakeholders identify the root causes of excavation incidents, the type of equipment used when they occurred and the type of work performed. Stakeholders use that information to build damage prevention strategies, education, awareness, and best practices to help prevent recurrences.
To register as a DIRT user, go to www.cga-dirt.com, click on "register" and then select "Alberta Virtual Private DIRT." After Utility Safety Partners has approved your registration, you will be able to report single events or upload files containing multiple events.