If your company does excavation work, or if you are a homeowner or farmer who occasionally digs on your property, we need your help in preventing pipeline emergencies. Records show that damage from excavation-related activities, particularly from equipment digging into pipelines, is the leading cause of pipelines accidents. Without proper coordination, excavation activities in the vicinity of underground pipelines can result in very dangerous situations.
It is important that you call 811, the new Call Before You Dig number, or your local One Call Center at least 48 hours before you dig. Taking the time to call before you dig protects your safety by preventing serious accidents and injuries. It also helps prevent disruption of services and possible delay of your project.
What to do if you are digging and disturb a pipeline
Even if you cause what seems to be only minor damage to the pipeline, notify the pipeline company immediately. A gouge, scrape, dent or crease to the pipe or coating may cause a future break or leak. It is imperative that the pipeline company inspect and repair damage to the line. Many states have laws requiring damages to be reported to the facility owner and/or the One Call Center by dialing 811. Do not attempt to make the repairs to the line yourself. If a line is ruptured or leaking, call 911.