When you are on a job, the last thing you want to deal with is reporting damages at a work site. However much of a hassle it might be, it’s imperative to take detailed photos of all the damage.
When you first receive news of the damage, as the lead on site, it’s your job to notify One Call as well as your direct supervisor. Make sure the damage form is filled out as detailed and accurately as possible. And, of course, you will need to photograph the entire area. Here are some tips from Texas 811 for making sure you have everything you need:
Photographing a Damaged Site
Once you have your working camera, ensure that the date and time stamp will show up on your photos. Photograph the excavated damage itself, including close-ups. Be sure to take photos from different vantage points, including a 360-degree view of the site. If a utility was mis-marked, you will need to photograph the location of the flags, including the tape measurements in your photo. If the utility was not marked, photograph the entire area and approaches to the cut site.
You will also need to photograph the address of the site, making sure it’s readable to others. At depth is the facility itself? You will want to make sure you accurately capture that depth on camera, including any and all tape measurements. Remember, you can never take too many photos, so just take as many as you think necessary—and then some.
To prevent future damage to excavation sites, have the pre-excavation list handy with you on every job site. If you want to read up on the laws associated with excavation damage, go to Texas811’s website about damage prevention.