MOLINE, Illinois (April 6, 2011) — John Deere Construction & Forestry was recently awarded the Common Ground Alliance's (CGA) prestigious President's Corporate Award of Excellence for promoting the Alliance and the 811 "call-before-you-dig" safety program.
Candace Schnoor, Deere Construction & Forestry's director of public affairs, accepted the award on behalf of the company. "With so many of our customers using equipment to dig and shape the land, it's very important to promote awareness of the 811 number," Schnoor said. "This is especially appropriate given that April is 'National Safe Digging Month.' Knowing the location of buried utilities and digging safely saves lives, and we're proud to partner with the CGA in their quest for smart, safe digging."
The CGA launched the FCC-designated 811 number in 2007 to reduce underground utility strikes, save lives and eliminate the confusion of multiple call-before-you-dig numbers being used across the country. As a result, homeowners, farmers and contractors can call one easy-to-remember number to have crews mark a requested site for underground lines prior to any excavation. The number has resulted in a decrease in underground strikes; however, fatalities and damage still occur, underscoring the need for an ongoing safety campaign.
By including 811 information on its website and featuring the 811 logo prominently in its advertising and trade show booth displays, Deere has helped drive awareness of the 811 number since it was established.
The company has also been a driving force behind National 811 Day (each August 11) and the "Safe Digging Month" awareness campaign that occurs each spring. In addition, Deere has partnered with equipment rental companies to distribute 811 materials. For more information about 811, visit www.call811.com.
About John Deere
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land — those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website atwww.JohnDeere.com.
About the Common Ground Alliance
Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is a member-driven association of nearly 1,400 individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry. Established in 2000, CGA is committed to saving lives and preventing damage to North American underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage prevention practices. CGA has established itself as the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders. For more information, visit CGA on the web atwww.commongroundalliance.com.