April: the start of spring, baseball, cookouts - and underground construction.

AEM urges members to support the National Safe Digging Month initiative of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) by reminding underground utility industry professionals to always think safety on the jobsite.

Here are three things you can do using tools developed by AEM as part of its Underground Utility Awareness Campaign

  1. Post a link on your website to the “Top 10 list” of underground utility myths with accompanying facts for safe utility installation, repair and maintenance
  2. Share AEM's underground utility awareness video via social media messages
  3. Email your dealers a link to information describing how “everyone plays a part” to help ensure underground utility safety and damage prevention

“Safe machinery operation and job preparation saves lives, and all industry stakeholders contribute to the success of any utility excavation and/or installation,” stated William “Bernie” Bernhard, AEM technical and safety services manager.

Machinery covered in the AEM Underground Utility Awareness Campaign includes horizontal directional drills, vacuum excavators, trenchers and related underground equipment. Several AEM working committees of manufacturer members helped develop campaign ideas and scope.

Manufacturers and AEM are committed to safety, and the AEM store offers an extensive array of manufacturer-developed safety manuals, videos and related training materials.