Monday, August 30, 2021

PUC PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee Imposes $62,650 In Penalties

On August 30, the Public Utility Commission announced the
PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee imposed $62,650 in penalties against 65 underground facility owners, excavators and project owners.

Every year, underground utility 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 the PUC’s Damage Prevention Committee webpage.

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

[Posted: August 30, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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