Follow these five steps before breaking ground
COLUMBUS, OHIO (Aug. 10, 2017) – With 8-1-1 day (August 11) right around the corner, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) reminds Ohioans to practice safe digging procedures.
Excavation damage is often cited as the leading cause of serious pipeline incidents that cause death, injuries and property damage, and can easily be avoided by having underground lines marked for safe digging.
Follow these five steps before beginning any digging project. It’s the law!
If you hit a line, leave the area immediately to protect yourself and crew. If a substance starts releasing into the air, call 9-1-1. For any damaged underground facility, contact the utility company listed on the nearest marker.
Together with the Oil & Gas Producers Underground Protection Service (OGPUPS) and OUPS, the PUCO reminds you to take the careful steps to ensure your safety before beginning any digging project.
For more information, visit the Ohio Utilities Protection Service’s website at www.oups.org, the Oil and Gas Producers Underground Protection Service’s website at www.ogpups.org, or call 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.
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