Friday, October 30, 2020

PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee Imposes $120,000 In Penalties For Violations

On October 30, the Public Utility Commission announced
44 disciplinary actions, including $120,000 in administrative penalties, have been taken against 55 underground facility owners, excavators and project owners in the latest enforcement actions by the Damage Prevention Committee.  

These actions were taken during the DPC’s October 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 of Pennsylvania. The Commission will offset the costs of administering this program through the penalties collected.

Digging Safety – PA One Call

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.

When the PUC first took on the role of enforcing the state’s One Call Law, underground lines across the state were struck more than 6,000 times per year – but the situation continues to steadily improve, thanks to education, public awareness and enforcement.

For more information, visit the PUC’s PA One Call webpage.

(Photo: What happens when a backhoe hits an unmarked natural gas gathering line.)

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[Posted: October 30, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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