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Governor Nathan Deal has declared April safe digging month.

Cliff Meidl is a spokesperson for Georgia 811 and knows all too well the dangers of construction and live electricity.

At 20 meidl was working a jackhammer on a construction job and hit 3 buried unmarked power lines.

30 thousand volts of electricity nearly killed him. It took 3 years of surgeries and rehabilitation for him to walk again.

Meidl is a former olympian and now an advocate for safe digging.

Meidl says "The moral of the story is we want to be safe we want to make sure that all homeowners and all contractors go out there amd implement those safe digging practices and call 811 before doing any type of digging."

811 or 811.com is a free service. You are asked to call or go on line at least 2 days before you start planting or digging.

for more information on Cliff Meidl's story go to www.cliffmeidl.com

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