Ameritech encourages construction crews, gardeners to play it safe

San Antonio, Texas, May 28, 1997

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Ralph Deptolla, Ameritech, 800-242-1553, 414-678-3939,
MILWAUKEE -- The warm weather may finally be here to stay, and that means construction crews and other outdoor workers will be digging up the landscape. Ameritech and the Diggers Hotline want to remind everyone to 'Dial B-4-U Dig.'

Every spring and summer, many underground telephone or power lines are cut or damaged by construction workers and gardeners, resulting in costly service outages and serious injuries. Most of these problems can be prevented by calling the Diggers Hotline at 1-800-242-8511.

When telephone lines are cut it can take from a few hours to several days to repair the damage. Meanwhile, residents' ability to reach emergency services could be affected, or thousands of homes and businesses could be without phone service. In a worst-case scenario, striking buried power lines can cause serious injuries or death.

By calling the Diggers Hotline before beginning a construction project, a locator crew will mark buried cable locations within 48 hours. The Diggers Hotline is available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. It is not in service on weekends or holidays, so please call in advance of any weekend work.

Ameritech (NYSE:AIT) serves millions of customers in 50 states and 40 countries. Ameritech provides a full range of communications services, including local and long distance telephone, cellular, paging, security monitoring, cable TV, electronic commerce, on-line services and more. One of the world's 100 largest companies, Ameritech ( has 66,000 employees, 1 million shareowners and $23 billion in assets.