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Spotlight on 2022 Data

Our analysis of 2022 data includes damage reports entered into DIRT as well as 811 center information and statistics collected through CGA’s One Call Systems International (OCSI) committee. For detailed 2022 damage data, including complete breakdowns of facility affected, work performed, equipment type, event source and more, visit the Interactive Dashboard.

2022 Data Highlights:

  • There were 213,792 unique reported damages for 2022. Unless otherwise noted, these unique reported events are the basis for the full 2022 dataset.
  • Excavation/construction stakeholders were the leading source of damage reports for the first time.
  • Telecommunications and natural gas were the facilities most frequently damaged in 2022.
  • Telecommunications work led to the most damages. Water, natural gas, sewer and electric work followed.
  • Contractors were involved in more than half of damages while completing telecommunications and natural gas work.
  • Electronic tickets made up 73% of notices to 811 centers.



Throughout this Report, we have consolidated the myriad options for “work performed” within DIRT into groups for broader analysis. The chart below details those groupings.

Work Performed Group

Work Performed Types


Agriculture, Irrigation


Construction, Demolition, Drainage, Driveway, Engineering, Grading, Railroad, Site Development, Waterway


Electric, Liquid Pipeline, Natural Gas, Steam

Fencing /Landscaping

Fencing /Landscaping


Curb/Sidewalk, Milling, Pole, Public Transit Authority, Roadwork, Storm Drainage, Streetlight, Traffic Sign, Traffic Signal


Cable TV, Telecommunications


Water, Sewer


The graph below examines 2022 damages through the macro lens of facility damaged, then drills down into the work performed when telecom/cable TV and natural gas utilities are damaged.

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