Safety Information

A “beforeUdig” emergency is defined as a potentially life-threatening situation and may include the following: burst water main, damaged electricity pole, leaking gas pipe, open sewer, major telecommunication cable damaged, other situation which may be catastrophic.

At beforeUdig, the safety of those working around utility cables and pipes the communities they service is of high priority. At every stage of your excavation project, there are measures that should be taken to ensure the safety of those digging.

Irrespective of size, any work site has the potential to damage assets located around the excavation site, leading to service interruptions, delays to the project, costly repairs and in the worst case scenario, injury or death.

It is important to know what the Duty of Care is when it comes to working in and around New Zealand’s utility networks and assets.

A list of useful Industry Links

A list of relevant NZ Law and Regulations

The following reference guides are available to assist with using beforeUdig and understanding beforeUdig processes and procedures regarding safe digging around utility assets.


These are industry safety alerts, and lessons learned documents issued by companies and regulatory authorities and are published by beforeUdig to assist the industry in understanding the root cause and contributory factors behind a specific incident.

The documents will address these with lessons learned, which may benefit beforeUdig users.

The documents were not reviewed or approved by beforeUdig, but they are publically available, or we do have permission from the owner for publication to improve industry standards and reduce the number of strikes.

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