Monday, March 30, 2020

PUC PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee Takes 51 Enforcement Actions For Violations

On March 30, the PUC’s Damage Prevention Committee approved 51 disciplinary actions, including $12,750 in penalties, against 20 underground facility owners, excavators and project owners 
These actions were taken during the DPC’s March 2020 meeting.
The DPC is tasked with enforcing the state’s Underground Utility Line Protection Act – also known as the “PA One Call Law."
A comprehensive list of summaries and actions from DPC meetings is available on the PUC’s website. Penalties are payable to the Commonwealth. The Commission will offset the costs of administering this program through the penalties collected.
PA One Call
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 One Call system, while out-of-state residents or businesses can call 1-800-242-1776.
For more information, visit PUC’s Damage Prevention Committee webpage.
(Photo: What happens when a backhoe hits a natural gas gathering line.)
[Posted: March 30, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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