What is DIRT? DIRT stands for Damage Information Reporting Tool. DIRT is a secure web application for reporting excavation-related damages and near-miss events involving underground utilities. Every year hundreds of thousands of excavation-related damages occur in North America, threatening public safety and costing billions of dollars. The objective of DIRT is to collect data to understand where, how and why these events are occurring. Data from all contributing stakeholders is aggregated and summary trend analysis is performed to identify ways to reduce these occurrences. The data will NOT be used for enforcement purposes or for determinations of liability. The individual identities of involved parties and specific details are kept confidential.
Why should I submit data to DIRT? The primary motivation is helping to identify national trends and solutions that can improve damage prevention, such as new or revised Best Practices, educational programs, technology applications, legislation, etc. Other reasons to submit to DIRT include being able to compare your organization to national, state, and/or industry data and identify opportunities to improve your own organization's damage prevention processes and performance.
How is the data used? The data is primarily used to produce the annual DIRT reports and on-line interactive dashboards. These reports help stakeholders identify the leading root causes of excavation incidents, and other related information such as the type of excavator, equipment used and work performed, facilities affected, right-of-way, depth, exemptions, etc. Stakeholders then use that information to build damage prevention strategies and campaigns to help reduce future incidents.
When is the deadline for submitting reports? You can submit reports at any time, but data from the preceding year must be submitted by March 31 to be included in the annual report.