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Civil By William “Hank” Dutton T 146 KNOW WHAT’S UNDERGROUND reported as not having made a locate request from the local one-call service or 811. The CGA data suggests that jobs where a locate request was filed before digging caused damage to an underground utility less than 1 percent of the time. Striking a utility can have dangerous consequences including physical injury, permanent disability, or death due to electrocution, fire or explosion. Even if injury does not occur, businesses can be financially impacted with repair costs, fines and expenses related to the outages that cause an inconvenience to area businesses. In an effort to help protect lives and property, each state has statutes that govern digging in the ground, and some even govern operations around overhead utility lines. These statutes emphasize the importance of locating underground utilities prior to excavating as well as implementing the proper controls. These utility protection statutes govern the activities of excavators and utility companies but also apply to homeowners. Although these statutes share common elements, no two are identical. Non-compliance with the statutes pertaining to utility protec- he common expression “If you fail to plan, plan to fail” is especially true when it comes to excavation work, as many hazards cannot be seen until it is too late. While there are inherent risks that come with digging, one serious risk that can often be avoided is striking an underground utility. In order to mitigate the hazards associated with excavation work, companies must plan their work as well as implement the proper controls. Unfortunately, utility strikes occur all too often for excavators. According to the annual Damage Information Reporting Tool report published by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), there were more than 330,000 utility events reported across the United States in 2011. Of these events, 26 percent of them were CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - November/December 2012
Construction Law
Best Practices
Hurricane Sandy
Marketing Strategies
Holcim (US) Inc.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Rockwell Group
IVM Construction Inc.
Millennium Partners – Millennium Place
Paradigm Cos.
W.G. Yates Construction
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Marlyn Development and S.L. Nusbaum Realty – Heritage Forest Apartments
Chas Roberts Air Conditioning
Bellini Williams Island
Beal|Derkenne Construction – The Hub
Cedar Siding Inc.
Nibbi Bros. – Hunters View Phase 1
EllisDon Corp. – Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care
Turner Construction – Martin Army Community Hospital
U.S. General Services Administration/VCC – FBI Field Building
The Hayner Hoyt Corp.
Paric Corp.
Rotondo Weirich Enterprises Inc.
Advocate Christ Medical Center and Pepper Construction – Outpatient Pavilion expansion
Shawnee Mission Medical Center – United Excel – Birth Center
National Lutheran Communities & Services – The Village at Rockville/ARCH Consultants Ltd.
Harold O'Shea Builders – Springfield Clinic First North
Dewberry/Okland Construction – Western Regional Medical Center Addition
Kohler Ronan LLC
Graber Post Buildings Inc.
Tooz Construction Inc.
Bombardier Learjet – Facility Expansion
Rock Gaming LLC – Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Demar Plumbing Corp.
Metrolina Greenhouse
Rommel Cos.
W.G. Tomko Incorporated Contractors
Continental Contractors
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Graham Construction and Engineering – Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
J.R. Filanc Construction Co. Inc.
Pulice Construction Inc. – I-10 Prince Road
Ames-Granite – US 36
Tomar Construction
E.E. Cruz/Tully – Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Queens approach
TL Wallace Construction Inc.
CARCON Industries and STL Engineering
Last Look

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