Fall River, MA March 2, 2023 – With spring - and construction season - quickly approaching, Liberty Massachusetts hosted a M.U.S.T. (Managing Underground Safety Training) program in Westport to share vital information regarding safe digging practices.

Coming together in-person for the first time since 2020, expert contractors, industry leaders, and state regulators presented to more than 225 excavators and utility workers. The training covered potential hazards of utility damage, excavation safety best practices, damage prevention laws and regulations, and other safety topics. Jim Carey from Liberty emceed the event, while Hannah Camara, also from Liberty, presented a segment on damage prevention for gas distribution systems.

The event also focused on preparing the workforce of tomorrow in Massachusetts. Twelve students from Diman Vocational Technical High School in Fall River were in attendance to learn directly from industry professionals on career development, technical job skills and professional opportunities in the utilities industry.

“Liberty is proud to support Dig Safe and promote safety in our communities.” said Tatiana Roc, President of Liberty - Massachusetts. “It was encouraging to know that there was a packed house of industry experts and trade professionals eager to share important safety information, learn from one another, and most importantly, engage with students eager to jumpstart their careers and contribute to the workforce.” 

Dig Safe® is a nonprofit organization that connects professionals and homeowners planning excavation projects with utility companies to ensure safety plans and procedures are followed prior to digging. This includes having utility lines clearly marked before a shovel hits the ground. All those planning any type of digging this spring – from planting trees and installing fences to larger excavation projects like swimming pools or new homes - must call 811 or (888) 344-7233 to contact Dig Safe and consult with your local utilities. Individuals can also request a utility mark-out at digsafe.com.

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