CGA Today

There are currently 16 stakeholder seats on the CGA Board of Directors: electric, engineering/design, equipment manufacturing, excavator, gas transmission, gas distribution, insurance, locator, one call center, oil, public works, railroad, road builder, state regulator, emergency services, and telecommunications.

The CGA consists of working committees populated by the general membership. Those committees include Best Practices, Technology, Educational Programs, Data Reporting and Evaluation, Regional Partner, Stakeholder Advocacy Committee, and One Call Systems International.

Even though any CGA member can participate in committee discussions, a “Primary” is designated for each stakeholder group by its respective member on the Board of Directors. The Primary’s responsibility is to act as a spokesperson for their stakeholder group and to participate in consensus decisions when necessary. This ensures that each stakeholder group has an equal say in the outcome of committee work, decisions, and products.

The CGS and establishment of the CGA have given underground utility safety and damage prevention a home. The CGA is a central clearinghouse for disseminating best practices, products, and information that enhance safety and keep damages to underground facilities to an ultimate minimum.

Since the founding of the CGA,

  • damages to underground facilities during excavation activities was removed from the NTSB’s Top 10;
  • 811 was implemented and is promoted by the CGA;
  • the Locate Accurately campaign was nationalized;
  • the Dig Safely campaign continued its successful implementation; and
  • the Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) was developed and established as the long-awaited repository of data that helps to identify the root cause of incidents that occur as a result in breakdowns in the one call process.

In addition, the Best Practices document is considered the “go to” resource by all stakeholders, governments, and associated industries when addressing safety and damage prevention issues internally, as well as on the local, state, and national levels.

With this latest version of the Best Practices, we continue to celebrate years of positive, effective, and successful cooperation in bettering our underground utility safety and damage prevention programs. The birth of CGA led to major accomplishments within the area of damage prevention that can be directly attributed to the work and success of our organization.