The Common Ground Alliance released the 2013 DIRT Report earlier this week. As reported by CGA President, Bob Kipp, "There is plenty of encouraging news in this report, starting with the finding that damages are down by approximately 5% compared to last year. With incoming tickets up 8% year over year and construction spending also up, this is a very encouraging statistic."
Although the 2013 DIRT Report offers data that is relevant to Canadian operations, governance and legislative differences between Canada and the United States present a challenge to fully integrate the report's findings into the complete spectrum of Canada's damage prevention initiatives. In that context, the CCGA is developing a comparison between the 2013 DIRT Report's findings relative to the CCGA's 2013 National Report on Damage to Buried Infrastructure and will post here at a later date.