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Grid Issues 1: The Locator – Point in Time, Points on the Grid

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By   41 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 1: The Locator. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Assume at a certain point in time, every newly-installed underground line is surveyed with precision X, Y and Z coordinates. Further assume that this information was coupled with […]

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Grid Issues 1: The Locator – Reading the Street

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By   41 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 1: The Locator. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Trenches in existing pavement or blacktop are easy to recognize and are a surefire clue that a utility exists underneath. But reading the street based on excavation scars […]

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Grid Series 1: The Locator – The Job

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By   41 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 1: The Locator. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. A cellular phone antenna situated atop a water tower lost its electric feed when a boring crew struck an electric line on the pullback while installing a new […]

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Grid Series 1: The Locator – Paid to Map

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By   41 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 1: The Locator. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Customers of private locating firms seek more underground utility location information than what is provided by one-call locators, who only mark public utilities. A private locating customer may […]

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Grid Series 1: The Locator – Paid to Paint

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By   41 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of Grid Series Part 1: The Locator. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Every one-call locator is paid to paint, not paid to map. After notifying 811, the professional excavator—the one-call “customer”— expects nothing more than a painted job site denoting […]

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Digging Dangers Series 2: 14,000,000

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By   132 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of The Digging Dangers Series Part 2. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. Fourteen million gallons of water gushed onto the streets of Minneapolis after a private subcontractor broke a city water main. The contractor was working at a downtown construction […]

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Digging Dangers Series 2: Under Control?

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By   132 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of The Digging Dangers Series Part 2. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. The plan was for a new fiber optic cable to be bored in alongside a two-inch plastic gas main that had been installed in 1972. An 811 call […]

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Digging Dangers Series 2: Sixty Feet from Disaster

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By   132 days ago

This is an edited version of the article from the print edition of The Digging Dangers Series Part 2. To subscribe and get your copy, click here. A power company crew was drilling a hole for a new pole on January 11, 2013. At 10:10 a.m their auger punctured a four-inch plastic natural gas distribution […]

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Multiple buildings evacuated

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By   69 days ago

July 25, 2014 – West Long Branch, NJ A construction worker was putting a signpost in the ground when he struck an underground gas line. The rupture prompted the evacuation of multiple buildings in the area. After police and fire officials evacuated the area, gas company personnel arrived and regarded the area to be safe. […]

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Traffic stopped due to gas leak

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By   70 days ago

July 24, 2014 – Tonawanda, NY Construction crew working in Tonawanda struck a natural gas line, causing a rupture. Police arrived at the scene and closed off the surrounding area to vehicle traffic. The local gas company reported to the scene and capped the leak, allowing traffic back in the area.

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Streetlight project leads to gas leak

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By   72 days ago

July 22, 2014 – Willimantic, Connecticut City crews were installing streetlights when they struck a 3/4 inch natural gas line, causing a gas leak at 11:30 a.m. Firefighter arrived and issued an evacuation order and power cuts for the six homes in the area and the southern part of Eastern Connecticut State University. It was […]

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Home evacuated during gas leak

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By   78 days ago

July 16, 2014 – Victoria, TX An excavation crew installing new utility pipes struck an underground gas line with a backhoe, prompting an evacuation of a house nearby. The workers claim the lines at the site were not correctly marked. Fire officials reported the repairs took about two hours to complete.

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Gas leak near university library

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By   78 days ago

July 16, 2014 – Richmond, VA Construction crews working near a university’s library struck a natural gas line. Local authorities evacuated the library and the adjacent Academic Learning Commons as a precaution. Emergency crews isolated the leak and shut off the gas, waiting on the arrival of utility crews to make repairs. The police lifted […]

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University of Las Vegas buildings evacuated

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By   79 days ago

July 15, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV A third-party contractor had been doing outdoor work at the University of Las Vegas, when workers hit a 2-inch natural gas line. The contractors were refurbishing an area near the center of campus when the accident occurred. The gas was promptly shut off, and the campus security evacuated […]

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Highway shut down after crews strike 4-inch gas pipe

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By   83 days ago

July 11, 2014 – South Portland, Maine A construction crew struck a 4-inch gas main near a highway, prompting emergency crews to respond to the emergency. The highway was closed down and crews began to evacuate about a dozen homes and businesses. The area was tested for gas levels. About 90 minutes later, the area […]

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Eight homes evacuated after road construction damages gas line

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By   83 days ago

July 11, 2014 – Fredericton, Canada Road workers damaged a two-inch plastic gas line around noon, prompting the evacuation of eight homes. Gas company workers stopped the flow of gas and repaired the line. The area was reported to be safe, and the evacuation order was lifted for the neighborhood later that afternoon.

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Construction plow severs communications

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By   73 days ago

July 21, 2014 – Kanabec County, MN A construction vehicle plowed through a fiber optic cable, cutting service phone and Internet service to the major portion of the county. Service was out for over eight hours. It took several hours just to find where the cable had been cut. Once the location of the severed […]

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High-end Downtown Stores Flooded

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By   82 days ago

July 12th, 2014 – San Francisco, CA Overnight digging crews, working on the Central Subway tunnel, punctured an 8-inch water pipe, sending thousands of gallons of water into San Francisco’s Union Square. The streets were flooded as well as many of the high-end stores in the area including Neiman, Marcus, Bvlgari, and Chanel. The leak […]

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Communication cable cut by construction crew

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By   97 days ago

June 27, 2014
A third-party construction crew cut a local communication cable. Several hundred customers lost service and repairs were predicted to take a long time due to the size of the distribution cable.

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Over a thousand customers lose power after line is cut

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By   101 days ago

June 23, 2014 – North Fargo, ND A contractor working along the road dug into an underground cable causing the blackout. More than a thousand customers lost power in North Fargo from the accident, including the state campus.

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Ruptured 36-inch water main becomes raging river

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By   117 days ago

June 7, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA Crews ruptured a 36-inch water main while attempting repairs to the main. The rupture caused a cavernous hole in the road, forcing the closure of the road. Residents compared the leak to a ‘raging river’, and there was a crowd of people who came to see the destruction and [...]

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Water gushes into overhead power lines as crew waits for locates

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By   120 days ago

June 4, 2014 – San Angelo, TX A construction crew hit a 30-inch water main while digging in the small Texas town. Water was shooting in the air and into overhead power lines as city crews attempted to isolate the problem. The main was shut off, causing surrounding residents to lose water service or suffer [...]

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Crews rupture pipeline near interstate highway

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By   131 days ago

May 24, 2014 – Midland, Texas Utility crews digging near Interstate 20 ruptured a pipe carrying petroleum products. The product leaked onto a nearby highway, and was ignited by a passing vehicle. The burning fuel sent billowing black smoke and 40 foot flames leaping into the air. More than ten cars were damaged in the [...]

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Gas company leaves string of sewer damages behind

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By   134 days ago

May 21, 2014 – Morgan County, MO Complaints were filed after a local gas company partially damaged 10 to 12 sewer lines, while breaking some lines completely. In the process, the gas company also damaged buried locator lines, leaving personnel unable to find where the exact damage took place along the sewer lines. Gas lines [...]

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