FortisBC awards three companies the 2022 Excavation Safety Awards

Awards recognize those who demonstrate safe digging practices

SURREY, BC, October 28, 2022 /CNW/ – Each year, FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) crews repair approximately 1,000 third-party damage to natural gas lines. To date in 2022, this damage has cost more than two million dollars in reparation, each incident endangering the public. The FortisBC Excavation Safety Awards recognize companies that have accumulated excellent results in safe excavation over the past year and have also taken steps to promote safe excavation practices and education.

FortisBC awards Mr. Service Ltd., Granby Bobcat Service Ltd. and Hexcel Construction Ltd. the 2022 Excavation Safety Awards for their safe digging practices over the past year. FortisBC’s Damage Prevention team is presenting these awards for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These organizations have established themselves as leaders in safe digging and excavation and are role models for other construction companies,” said Tanya Kowalenko, head of public safety at FortisBC. “I would like to thank Mr. Service, Granby Bobcat Service and Hexcel Construction for their commitment to digging safely, and encourage anyone who hears about these awards to think about what they themselves can do to dig safely.”

Mr. Service Ltd., headquartered in Kamloops, is on a mission to guide its clients through renovations with education, to reduce any stress and help them understand the process. After damaging a natural gas line once, Mr. Service Ltd. always contacted BC 1 Call before digging to gather information on the location of buried natural gas lines and other utilities. According to information provided by BC 1 Call, Mr. Service has not damaged any natural gas lines since.

Granby Bobcat Service Ltd. is a family business that serves Nanaimo, ladysmith and Chemainus areas. Since 2002, Granby Bobcat Service Ltd. offers excavation, landscaping, transportation and much more. In business for twenty years, Granby Bobcat Service has never damaged a natural gas line.

Hexcel Construction Ltd. was established in 1985 and is a full-service civil construction company specializing in general contracting and construction management. They currently operate in the Lower Mainland, with most of their projects located in richmond, Delta and Burnaby. Hexcel Construction Ltd. is committed to continually educating and training its employees on safe excavation practices. The organization has often invited FortisBC to educate staff on safe excavation practices as part of ongoing training.

“While these awards are intended for construction companies, we urge all homeowners to dig safely to avoid safety hazards and costly repairs associated with damaging buried natural gas lines or other utility lines. public services,” said Kowalenko. “Any time you plan to do any work in your yard, such as building a deck or even just planting a few perennials, you should contact BC 1 Call ahead of time to request the location of underground gas lines and other utilities on your property.

The FortisBC Public Safety Team presented these awards at the 2022 Canadian Common Ground Alliance Damage Prevention Symposium on October 27. For more information on safe digging practices, visit

FortisBC Energy Inc. is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable energy, including natural gas, renewable natural gas and propane. FortisBC Energy Inc. employs approximately 2,078 British Columbians and serves approximately 1,064,800 customers across British Columbia. FortisBC Energy Inc. owns and operates approximately 50,493 kilometers of gas transmission and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Energy Inc. is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the regulated North American electric and gas utility industry. FortisBC Energy Inc. uses the FortisBC name and logo under license from Fortis Inc. For more information about FortisBC, visit For more information about Fortis Inc., visit

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