The Golden Shovel
MGE is a Golden Shovel Certified contractor. PG&E launched the Gold Shovel Standard, a first-of-its kind excavation safety program designed to reduce dig-ins and protect PG&E’s underground gas and electric system. With safety as the highest priority, PG&E developed the Gold Shovel Standard Certification process to ensure that PG&E’s hired contractors adhere to the safest excavation standards. Safe excavation prevents injuries, property damage, inconvenient outages, project delays and high costs. Beginning January 1, 2016, contractors who wish to excavate or subcontract out excavation work for PG&E must obtain Gold Shovel Standard Certification by making a commitment to safe digging practices in accordance with the California “One Call Law” (California Government Code 4216) and the Common Ground Alliance best practices for excavation. To become Gold Shovel Standard certified, contractors must perform no more than two dig-ins within a rolling 12-month period and develop and adhere to a Dig-In Prevention Policy that includes the following:
- Excavation Statement signed by a corporate officer or owner
- Training Program covering the requirements of the One Call Law and Cal-OSHA’s Construction Safety orders . Learn about the One Call Law at carcga.org. Learn about Cal-OSHA’s Construction Safety Orders at dir.ca.gov.
- Corrective Action Plan identifying dig-in causes and corrective measures
- Employee Acknowledgment and Accountability Statement giving all employees a way to report company activity that violates excavation laws without fear of retribution.
ISN – (MGE ISN # 400240128 A Rating)
ISNetworld allows contractors to submit their company’s information one time and easily report their safety standards and performance to multiple Hiring Clients. Established in 2001, ISN® is the global leader in contractor and supplier management. They support more than 500 Hiring Clients in capital-intensive industries to help manage more than 60,000 contractors and suppliers with operations in over 85 countries. ISN takes pride in leading efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of contractor management systems and in serving as a forum for sharing industry best practices among our proud members.
ISNetworld collects and maintains self-reported information such as insurance documents, safety programs and incident rates.
ISN’s Review and Verification Services (RAVS) Team reviews contractors’ information against regulatory and Hiring Client requirements.
ISNetworld helps connect safe, qualified contractors and suppliers with Hiring Clients around the globe, facilitating partnerships to help ensure safer job sites.
Health and Safety Program
MGE has a dedicated staff that manages our health and safety program including on-going trainings at daily, weekly and monthly intervals. Our valid and current Illness and Injury Prevention Program is a testament to a drive for safety excellence.