We’ve talked over and over in this blog about the importance of getting in contact with 811 prior to a dig. The free call gets underground utilities located (also for free) so that excavators can dig with confidence. In fact, a locate request processed by 811 and executed by utility locators reduces the chance of hitting something you shouldn’t to less than 1%.
Still, the outreach to 811 doesn’t always happen. Sometimes an excavator gets lucky and doesn’t hit anything – and other times luck runs out.
A report in the Chicago Tribune here says a father and son operating a tiling plow ruptured a natural gas pipeline on December 5th, 2017. The resulting explosion killed both men. Here’s the key part of the report: The investigation determined the owner of the land did not contact the Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators before beginning the project.
Meanwhile, on July 10, 2018 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, a firefighter was killed fighting a blaze that was the result of a contractor rupturing a natural gas line. That event remains under investigation.
What you don’t see, and what you don’t know, can – and will – kill you.
NEVER take a shortcut and dig without first getting in touch with 811.
Texas811 is here for you around the clock, on the phone or online through the Texas811 Portal.
Out of sight should never mean out of mind. At Texas811, we’re working hard to be your connection to safety.
Don’t forget that the International Utility Locate Rodeo is coming up Thursday – Saturday October 11 – 13 in Denton, Texas.
Until next week, safe digging!