Sunshine 811 members are required by law to report damages to Florida DIRT
556.105(12)(b) If an event damages any pipe, cable or its protective covering, or other underground facility, the member operator receiving the notice shall file a report with the system. Reports must be submitted annually to the system, no later than March 31 for the prior calendar year, or more frequently at the option and sole discretion of the member operator. Each report must describe, if known, the cause, nature, and location of the damage. The system shall establish and maintain a process to facilitate submission of reports by member operators.
Florida DIRT is a personalized version of the Common Ground Alliance's Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT). The primary purpose of Florida DIRT is to promote safe excavation practices that prevent damages.
If your organization is already reporting to National DIRT, you need to grant Sunshine 811 access to the data to fulfill the statutory obligation. View instructions here.
With Florida DIRT you anonymously submit data into a broad database. It is analyzed for root causes that lead to events. An event is defined by the CGA DIRT User’s Guide as “the occurrence of downtime, damages and near misses.”
Florida DIRT data helps stakeholders develop targeted educational programs designed to help prevent future underground utility excavation damages.
A few specifics:
Florida DIRT data is confidential and secure.
While required for utilities, other stakeholder data will help get a full picture of damage prevention in Florida.
All data for the preceding year is due by March 31. You can enter events individually or upload in a single data dump.
Data will not be used for enforcement purposes or to determine liability.
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The first person to sign up for your company is the company administrator. Delegate this task carefully. The company administrator can add users or you can have each user register separately. Click here to enroll in Florida DIRT.