The 'Kadaster' recently published that the direct costs of excavation damage fell by 7 percent, from 41 million to 38 million euros. So this means that we are on the right track. Especially since there was more digging, but this percentage (3.25%) is more than the number of reported digging damages (2.5%). So this means that the relative number of damages decreased by 0.8%. As a result, awareness of excavation damage has thus increased over the past year.
More than half of the digging damage, 66%, is damage to data cables. This is very substantial compared to damage to other types of cables, such as electricity (18%), gas pipes (8%) and water pipes (7%). By the way, the figures are not very surprising, since data cables are often only tens of centimeters underground. For now, these are the preliminary figures for 2022, announced by the National Digital Infrastructure Inspectorate.
By the end of 2022, KLO, together with groundworkers, network operators and managers of public space, has set the goal of reducing the number of excavation damages by 10 percent per year. That we are now on a downward trend with the relative number of damages, where in previous years this was an increasing trend, means that the excavation chain is taking actions to prevent excavation damage.
One of these actions is, for example, raising awareness of the responsibilities within the excavation chain, as described in the CROW 500. However, it remains important to continuously keep these CROW 500 guidelines in mind in order to further reduce excavation damages in the coming years.
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