NYLON — The New York State Public Service Commission is participating in a nationwide effort to recognize April 2016 as ‘Safe Digging Month.’
According to a press release from the NYS Public Service Commission, Governor Andrew Cuomo ‘Safe Digging Month’ reminds excavators and contractors that State law requires any excavation or digging project to call one of the state’s toll-free One-Call centers before digging.
“Damage to underground utility facilities during excavation can result in loss of utility service, personal injury and property damage,” said Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman. “Therefore, I urge everyone who is going to be excavating to do their part in protecting vital energy infrastructure by simply dialing 811 before digging.”
The state is using one-call notification systems as communication links between contractors and excavators and the operators of underground facilities. New York 811 is the one-call notification system serving New York City and Long Island while Dig Safely New York serves the remainder of the state. When calling from inside the areas served, either can be reached by simply dialing 811.
The Commission oversees close to 92,000 miles of gas pipelines throughout the state. Excavators who damage underground facilities due to the failure to follow the regulations are not only subject to civil penalties, but also are liable for repair costs.
However, state law exempts excavators from liability for repair costs if the damage is caused by the utility’s or municipality’s failure to comply with the law, such as failure to participate in the one-call notification systems or failure to accurately mark the location of their underground facilities.
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