Beware of digging in the sand

Adam Pye had just graduated college with a degree in business communication. On a well deserved break, he went with friends to the beach and together they decided to dig a tunnel in the sand. The tunnel was 10 feet deep.


That tunnel killed Adam when it collapsed on him. Friends were briefly able to hold his head clear but lost him when more of the sand collapsed further burying him.

Bystanders came to try to help dig him out., someone call 911 and emergency crews arrived 4 minutes later but, although by the time the EMT arrived, they had just gotten Adam’s head clear it was already too late. Adam was dead at the age of 26.

The point of this post is to let people know that digging holes at the beach (or anywhere else) can become a death trap if they are too deep. Fun as it is to have your kids dig at the beach, be aware of the fact that sand and dirt can collapse and end up burying them. Keep the holes shallow for safety.

Read about Adam’s story here. Read about another similar death here.

The Dangers of Underground Utilities

I read recently of a person who asked a friend to save them money by having them put up some shelves rather than hiring a professional. The friend, without realizing it, screwed into the PVC pipe from the toilet upstairs that was hidden in the wall that the shelf was been mounted to. They soon discovered that every time someone flushed the toilet, there was a puddle of water under the shelf. Turned out to cost them a whole lot more than it would have to have hired a professional to start with.

I bring this story up because it exemplifies on a small scale and vertically, the problem of digging, boring, drilling, etc… without knowing what’s there.

Gas leaks, water leaks, electrical shorts and electrocutions are just some of the serious problems that can arise if you just start digging without checking to see what you might accidentally hit.

It isn’t complicated… CALL BEFORE YOU DIG! (“dig” obviously includes boring and drilling or any other action that is going to go further down than just the surface).

Most utilities offer free services to locate the buried cables and pipes that you might run into. Take advantage of this free service because if you don’t and damage something, you will have to pay.