Senate Bill S.6756 and Assembly Bill 9985

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What was the largest change? New York State’s General Business Law was amended to include “… any local government (defined as a “county, town [or], city [outside  the  city of New  York or a county within the city of New York] or village.) that contracts with an excavator to excavate underground facilities must require the excavator to complete the one-call notification system training and  education program.” This amendment has led to all local government contracted excavators to become a Certified Excavator, through Dig Safely New York, Inc.’s Certified Excavator Program. For the official Senate Bill S.6756, please click here. 

Who will have to be trained. Once this bill is signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, excavators that work for a local government and their hired contractors, as well as excavators that work for an operator and their hired contractors, will be required to receive training and education from their local one-call center.  Please click here for more information.   

Why it matters to you.  Increased numbers of educated excavators will enhance protection of the families and communities that call New York State home.

Why it matters to us.  Dig Safely New York's mission is to protect the state's underground infrastructure and the individuals that live in the communities we serve - like you. Under this bill, the Dig Safely New York Certified Excavator program in Safe Digging Best Practices constitutes as adequate training. Currently, there are more than 2,000 Certified Excavators throughout the state.

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What is Dig Safely New York, Inc.’s Certified Excavator Program? The Dig Safely New York, Inc. Certified Excavator Program in Safe Digging Best Practices has set a new standard for training New York State professional excavators in the proper procedures of excavation. Certified Excavator Program classes are available in-person and online. Successfully completing this certification will qualify individuals as eligible to work for a municipality. 

How do I show that I am a Dig Safely New York, Inc. Certified Excavator?  Once an individual has successfully completed Dig Safely New York’s Certified Excavator Program, for the time of their certification they will have a Dig Safely New York, Inc. green Certified Excavator Card. Additionally, through 4iQ, access to Dig Safely New York’s, Inc.’s learning management software, 4iQ, an electronic Certified Excavator Certification for the duration of their certification. To learn more, click here. 

How do I verify if an individual is a Dig Safely New York, Inc. Certified Excavator? Please click here to find a Certified Excavator.(Notice: The following search includes individuals who have not yet been certified, those working to be, and those who have been certified. To confirm certification, select "View Details" located next to each individual's name.)

Please contact your local Field Representative. To access a list of Dig Safely New York, Inc. Field Representatives, click here.

To learn more about the Certified Excavator Program, click here.