811: Call Before You Dig

About KY 8-1-1

Kentucky 811 was formed in 1987 under the name of Kentucky Underground Protection, Inc. by the owners and operators of underground facilities in the state of Kentucky as a means of reducing damage to those facilities and to promote public safety by reducing the number of incidents statewide.

Kentucky 811 is a free statewide computer operated communication system, designed to save time, money, costly lawsuits, and dramatically reduce accidental dig-ins. Kentucky 811 is a non-profit corporation made up of operators of underground facilities within the State of Kentucky.

Digging can be an expensive, dangerous venture. Underground facilities are extremely vulnerable to damage during any type of excavating.

Each year millions of dollars in property damage, personal injuries, even loss of life occur because of careless digging, boring and blasting when underground facilities were not located prior to excavating. With each passing year, more and more lines are being installed and the problems increase for everyone involved.

It is now possible to call 811 to reach the call center and request a locate from every member company in the proximity of the proposed dig site.

Each notified member will dispatch a line locator to the proposed site of excavation, to specifically mark their underground lines with color-coded marks, stakes or flags.

The operator will inform the caller what member companies are being notified. Non-member companies, however, will have to be notified by the caller.

The information is promptly transmitted over our private network system to all involved member companies.

The easy 3 digit dialing of “811” or a toll-free call to 1-800-752-6007 can prevent costly damages, and even loss of life.

Kentucky 811 can be described in a single word: GROWTH. Statewide, the one-call system is reporting expansion in several key areas. Increased reliance on and continuing growth of the one-call system help prove the effectiveness and value of the service.

In Kentucky:
1. Call 811 two business days prior to excavation.
2. Wait the required amount of time
3. Respect the marks
4. Dig with care

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