Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) is an annual public campaign focusing on the importance of safe agriculture. Safe & Strong Farms: Grow an AgSafe Canada is in its second year of a three-year campaign celebrating farm safety across Canada. The aim of the campaign is to empower farmers, farm families and farming communities to build, grow and lead the agricultural industry in safety and sustainability.

One key campaign message for farmers is the importance of safe digging.

With the warmer weather and busy work season approaching, it’s an ideal time to get a refresher on the importance of safety. While many routine farming practices can be completed without prior notification, before starting a project on the farm where ground will be broken, regardless of depth, you need to call or click before you dig. Whether you’re cleaning out a drainage ditch or replacing fence posts, contact your local One Call centre at least three days before you start work in BC and Alberta, and two days in Washington state.

A few examples of projects that require placing a One Call request are:

  • Ground levelling
  • Sludge spreading
  • Clearing/brushing
  • Reducing or adding soil cover
  • Deep tilling/sub-soiling
  • Trenching
  • Earth moving
  • Drainage ditch cleanout
  • Controlled burning
  • Blasting activities
  • Building construction
  • Drain tile installation
  • Terracing
  • Fencing and landscaping
  • Excavation
  • Auguring
  • Stockpiling/storage/parking

The Canadian Agricultural Association has also put together some great resources and stories for farm families to refocus their safety efforts this year, including a new Toolbox Talk for worker training in an effort to help growers be aware of potential dangers and ensure safe digging practices remain top of mind.

Placing a One Call is free and could ultimately save your life. Accidentally contacting hidden underground power lines, gas lines, conduits and pipelines can result in damage to property, injury or can even be fatal.

Place a One Call request online at or call your local One Call centre at the numbers listed below.

  • In Alberta call 1.800.242.3447
  • In BC call 1.800.474.6886
  • In Washington state call 811