The State Public Service Commission is participating in a nationwide effort to recognize April as “Dig Safely Month” in New York State.

The program is a way to remind excavators and contractors that state law requires them to call one of the state’s toll-free one-call centers before starting any excavation or digging project.

The keys to preventing damage to underground facilities are the two “one-call notification systems” that serve as communication links between contractors, excavators and local utilities and municipalities.

Excavators who damage underground facilities due to the failure to follow the regulations are not only subject to civil penalties, but also are liable for repair costs. However, state law exempts excavators from liability for repair costs if damage is caused by failure of the utility or municipality to comply with the law, such as failure to participate in the one-call notification systems or failure to accurately mark the location of their underground facilities.

For more information about Dig Safely New York, go to digsafelynewyork.com or call (315) 437-7394.