Industry Priorities

Damage Prevention & Excavation Safety

Common Ground Alliance

AGC has long been involved in the Common Ground Alliance and active on the issue of underground damage prevention. The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is a member-driven association dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices. Officially formed in 2000, the CGA has evolved into a group of over 1,400 individual members, 180 member organizations, and 44 sponsors (including AGC) that is the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to all underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stake holders. In 2007, CGA successfully spearheaded an effort in Congress to create a national 3-digit 'call before you dig' number - 811. AGC was a national partner in this effort and the subsequent launch. Now excavators anywhere can dial 811 to be connected to the local One-Call Center of jurisdiction.

CGA Excavator Safety Video

The CGA has created a series of safety videos to assist with educating the public and professionals on the importance of digging safely. For more information on the videos or to purchase a copy of these DVD's, please visit

Watch the trailer for The 5 Steps to Safer Digging Toolbox below.

5 Steps to Safer Digging Toolbox from Nonfiction NXNW on Vimeo.