Why become a member?
In the interest of safety to the excavating community we encourage all owners of underground facilities to become members of the One Call system.
Consequences of a hit to utilities include:
- Loss of life / Personal injury
- Environmental contamination
- Explosion, fire, flood, or toxic gas escape
- Evacuation of a residential area
- Disruption of essential services
- Lawsuits / Medical costs / Legal costs
- Fines / Jail terms
By joining the BC 1 Call system you become part of a efficient safety team reducing the risk of loss of life, personal injury, environmental damage, and disruption of service.
BC 1 Call now has more than 350 members across British Columbia including municipalities, communication service providers, gas and pipeline companies and irrigation and improvement districts.
As a potential member of BC 1 Call you may have specific questions about the responsibilities of membership, the cost of joining BC 1 Call and benefits of membership, which may not be included in this website.
For answers to your questions, speak to our Operations Manager or Membership Representative by contacting us:
Benefits of becoming a member
- Reduced risk of accidents, injury, environmental or facility damage and down time, as well as improved safety and lower litigation and compensation costs.
- The opportunity to standardize methods and procedures with respect to information required from the excavator, field markings of locations, control zones, locate slips and damage report forms resulting in reduction to the facility owner's clerical costs for obtaining information from excavators.
- Advance notice of planned excavation activity allowing facility owners sufficient time to efficiently schedule locators, to make arrangements to have locates completed or drawings sent and gives the excavator a better idea of when the locates will be completed.
- Providing facility owners with the opportunity to come together to increase the effectiveness of public awareness and advertising programs thereby increasing public awareness of the inherent dangers of disturbing the ground.
- Improved relationships between the digging community and the owners and operators of buried facilities.
- Co-operation among the various owners and operators of buried facilities as they work towards the achievement of common goals.