Quick Start Guide Electric Utilities
SECTION 03: KEY SAFETY MESSAGES
began excavating for installation of the new water service line without contacting the one-call system to request markouts for the nearby new location. The one-call tickets for the earlier excavation had long since expired. When questioned as to why he had not called for new locations for the second excavation, the contractor indicated that he had not done so because he thought the original markouts would be sufficient.
These incidents reinforce the importance of underground damage prevention Public Safety
Communications Programs for excavators. Awareness of the hazards associated with subsurface electric facilities and requirements to have them located and marked before digging or drilling would likely have prevented these tragedies.
Developing a Public Safety Communications Program
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