Dominic has served as the Manager of Dial Before You Dig New South Wales/ ACT for over 21 years, spreading the safe digging message and providing services for member organizations. Before that, he served as the Marketing Officer since the inception of the service in 1996.
When Dominic started as Manager of CBYD NSW/ACT in 1999, there were only a handful of One Call memberships. Today, CBYD NSW/ACT has grown to a whopping 145-plus member organizations, thanks in large part to Dominic’s drive, persistence, and willingness to learn and innovate.
Throughout his long career with CBYD NSW/ACT, Dominic has brought new outreach ideas to the table in pursuit of spreading the damage prevention message throughout Australia’s most populated state. He has spearheaded sponsorships of surfboats that compete across the nation, sponsored several motor racing categories, and supported local charities. “He is always looking at new, out-of-the-box ways to promote safe excavation,” says Scott Landes, President of Infrastructure Resources, who works closely with DBYD in the production of the Oceania Damage Prevention Conference.
Most recently, Dominic has shown his ability to grow as he’s taken the Call Before You Dig message to social media. “He has taken to social media campaigning like a duck to water,” Newman says. “Dominic recognizes the great potential in reaching large demographic audiences via social media and continually posts newsworthy content.”
One of Dominic’s greatest impacts in the industry came in 2010 when the New South Wales government legislated the Dial Before You Dig One Call law. NSW was the first jurisdiction in Australia to do so and Dominic was instrumental in the process.
Dominic has also reached beyond Australia’s coasts to learn and spread the damage prevention message. He is an active member of The International One Call Panel, speaker at the Excavation Safety Conference, and regular contributor to dp-PRO magazine.
Outside his Dial Before You Dig work, Dominic serves as Chairman of the Streets Opening Coordination Council, a voluntary association of member organizations that endeavor to resolve issues cooperatively in respect to services in the community. Dominic has brought invaluable knowledge of underground utilities to an association with over 100 years of history.
Viewing Dominic Puiu and Dial Before You Dig separately is a near impossible task. After more than 20 years of mutual growth, they are intertwined. Otre Moussa, a DBYD coworker and Director of Otrem Engineering P/L agrees, “The entire industry associates DBYD with Dominic Puiu. No matter where you go or who you talk to, everyone acknowledges that the success of the One Call service in NSW/ACT is because of Dominic’s hard work and constant promotion of the service. Hopefully, he will be around for another 21 years!”
Dominic’s passion for delivering the damage prevention message has improved the safety and quality of countless lives. That makes Dominic a true Damage Prevention Hero!