Industry statistics show that the most common cause of pipeline damage is excavation activity. Protect your employees, equipment and the community by knowing where pipelines are located and how to respond to or prevent a pipeline leak or rupture.
Even if you are exempt from your state’s One-Call law, it is a safety best practice to always contact your local One-Call center, or call 811, to have pipelines and other underground utility lines marked prior to starting an excavation project. This applies not only to municipal work crews, but also contractors hired to assist with excavation related to highway maintenance, sewage or other government-manage projects.
Once lines have been located, respect the marks and use appropriate equipment and excavation procedures near the pipeline. Many pipeline operators request to be present during excavation that occurs close to their pipeline. Coordination with the operator keeps everyone safe and prevents project delays. If you have questions about how to properly dig near a pipeline or how to interpret the marks, contact the pipeline operator.