Gold Shovel Standard Adopts Excavator Metrics Committee Recommendations For Standardized Damage Prevention Measurements

“Damage prevention, by its very nature, is a complex process that requires all stakeholders to complete their tasks correctly. It is no trivial effort to fairly measure damage prevention performance, with all its moving parts, subjective information, and interdependencies.”

Santa Ana, CA, September 20, 2017 – The Board of Directors of Gold Shovel Standard has adopted the recommendations made by the Excavator Metrics Committee pertaining to a standardized damage prevention metrics as a fair and transparent means of driving continuous improvement throughout the industry. As a result, the program will enter a testing phase based on the committee’s recommendations during the fourth quarter in limited geographies. The complete set of recommendations from, and the list of members of, the Excavator Metrics Committee can be found at: http://www.goldshovelstandard.com/?p=1142. Gold Shovel Standard is also hosting a survey requesting industry share its expertise on Standardized Metrics, which can be found at: http://www.metricsfordamageprevention.org.

Fairly measuring damage prevention performance is difficult, given the complexity of the damage prevention process. A committee of excavators volunteered to tackle this challenging task. The committee shared its recommendations to the Gold Shovel Standard Board of Directors in early September, and the Directors voted to adopt their work. Their recommendations now move the task into a limited test phase in several key regions across the United States. Gold Shovel Standard hopes that their work is the first step in obtaining nationwide acceptance of defining reliable, standardized ways to calculate and present excavation safety performance for all stakeholders.

“Damage prevention, by its very nature, is a complex process that requires all stakeholders to complete their tasks correctly. It is no trivial effort to fairly measure damage prevention performance, with all its moving parts, subjective information, and interdependencies,” said Mike Robirds, CEO of Accu-bore Directional Drilling, and co-chair of the Excavator Metrics Committee. “The committee believes we have developed the right starting point and is excited to begin the testing phase in Q4 of 2017.”

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