Ever watch a row of dominos topple? Domino one falls into domino two, domino two falls into domino three, and so on. Falling dominos are fun and kind of mesmerizing to watch – unless you’re in the business world.
A May 2 explosion and fire at a Michigan parts factory turned into a domino cascade of horrors for Ford Motor Company and others. The sudden loss of a crucial parts supplier meant Ford had to shut down all production of the F-150 pickup, idling around 7,600 workers for a couple of weeks. In fact, production at their Michigan plant didn’t get started again until this past Friday. A Missouri plant came back on line Monday. Ford lost production of 35,000 pickups; an estimated $1.6 billion in revenue.
Ouch. All because one parts supplier closed because of an accident.
At Texas811 we think about damage prevention. That means we think of the cascading effect that accidentally hitting a buried utility line could cause. Water no longer flows to a school or hospital. Lack of telecommunications leaves businesses in the dark ages. A gas line break cuts off power and heat to a hospital or rehab center. The scenarios are endless – but fortunately are also almost completely preventable.
One call to 811 before you dig instantly lowers the odds of hitting a buried utility to less than one percent.
Getting an underground utility locator out to your job site is fast, easy and free. It’s also the law in Texas.
Call 811 before you dig. Save the dominos for a rainy weekend at home.
In other news – Texas811 is proud to have been a part of the sponsoring team for jockey Florent Geroux aboard Quip at the Preakness Stakes. Racing in the fog and on a muddy track, Quip fell to Kentucky Derby winner Justify – who is now just one win away from horse racing’s Triple Crown.
Although 811 didn’t finish first in the Preakness, this collaborative member sponsorship by the Common Ground Alliance put 811 in front of millions of Americans, reminding them to always call 811 before digging.
Until next week, safe digging!