Friday, December 6, 2019

PUC PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee Imposes $83,975 In Penalties

On December 6, the Public Utility Commission announced the PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee imposed $83,975 in penalties against 67 underground utility owners, excavators and project owners for violating the PA One Call requirements.
Click Here for a list of individual actions taken.
Every year, underground lines across the state are struck more than 6,000 times – which means that during the average workday a pipeline or other vital utility system is hit every 20 minutes. 
While underground lines are often “out of sight and out of mind,” every hit poses a risk to the contractors and homeowners who are doing the digging; to utility workers and emergency responders who are mobilized when lines are struck; and to bystanders who live, work or travel near the locations of the incidents. 
State law requires contractors and residents to contact PA One Call at least three business days prior to excavation – triggering alerts to all utilities within an intended digging area and prompting utilities to mark where their facilities are located. 
Pennsylvanians can dial 8-1-1 to connect with the PA One Call system, while out-of-state residents or businesses can call 1-800-242-1776.
Visit the PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee webpage for more information.
(Photo: What happens when a backhoe hits a natural gas gathering line.)
[Posted: December 6, 2019]

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