The primary function of the Building Department is to ensure that safe construction practices are performed and maintained on all commercial, industrial, rental and residential construction. This is accomplished through the inspection of all structures to make certain that they meet the local and state building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical codes.
The beginning of the spring dig season is coming up soon and as part of a statewide “Dig Safely Illinois” education campaign, representatives of J.U.L.I.E. (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) and the Village of Alsip are promoting the importance of calling the Illinois One-Call System before any digging projects and stress safe-digging practices to professional and non-professional excavators.
“The far-reaching consequences of unsafe or careless digging practices can take a staggering toll, in terms of costly delays, environmental or property damage, liability, personal injury and even loss of life”, said Kevin Chmura, public relations manager at JULIE, Inc. “Digging responsibly is the only way to dig in Illinois. Loss of utilities can leave communities without such vital services as police, fire and medical protection.”
According to state law, anybody planning an outdoor project that requires any type of digging, whether the project is large or small, should call J.U.L.I.E. first at 1-800-892-0123. Operators are available to receive and process calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The call to J.U.L.I.E. and service provided by members are free to excavators.
COMMON OUTDOOR PROJECTS
Common examples of outdoor projects that require a call to J.U.L.I.E. before digging include putting up a fence; installing a swing set, a mail box post or new water feature; building a deck or room addition; preparing a new garden area; or adding new trees or shrubs.
J.U.L.I.E.’s tips for outdoor digging projects include:
J.U.L.I.E., also known as the “Illinois One-Call System,” is a not-for-profit corporation that provides professional and non-professional (i.e. homeowners) excavators with a toll-free number (1-800-892-0123) for the free locating and marking of underground facilities. J.U.L.I.E. serves as a notification service for underground facility owners, taking information about planned excavations and distributing this information to its membership. It is then the responsibility of each facility owner to mark the location of their underground facilities at the excavation site. J.U.L.I.E. neither owns nor marks any underground facilities.
JULIE, Inc. promotes an easier, safer digging environment and serves the entire state of Illinois outside of the city of Chicago, which is covered by DIGGER. Illinois law requires all persons digging to call J.U.L.I.E. at least two working days prior to the start of excavation and to begin that project within 14 calendar days from the call. The 48 hour notice does not include Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.
Established in 1974, J.U.L.I.E. represents over 1,580 members. For more information, please visit www.julie1call.com