Published on December 12, 2007
Locators, Excavators, and their Responsibilities: Locators, Excavators, and their Responsibilities Your Presenter:: Your Presenter: Jim Cadwallader Manager Field Operations Qwest Grand Island, Nebraska Brought to you by:: Brought to you by: The “Law”: The “Law” Passed in 1994 The One-Call Notification System Act Revised Statutes of Nebraska, Sections 76-2301 to 76-2330 “…aid the public in preventing injury to persons and damage to property and the interruption of utility service resulting from accidents caused by damage to underground facilities.” The “Law”: The “Law” Provides for Civil Penalties (76-2325) Creates Board of Directors State One-Call Board of Directors: State One-Call Board of Directors 20 members members represent various interests, including State Agencies, Small Utilities, Large Utilities, Private Utilities, Public Utilities, Contractors Oversees running of One-Call Center Provides assistance in One-Call issues Reports to State Fire Marshal Excavator Responsibilities: Excavator Responsibilities Call the Center at least two business days, but no more than ten business days prior to excavation. Excavation Defined: Excavation Defined 76-2308 “Excavation shall mean any condition in which earth, rock, or other material in or on the ground is moved or otherwise displaced…” Hand digging is not exempt from law! Locator responsibilities: Locator responsibilities Receive the “ticket” Act on the “ticket” Receiving the “Ticket”: Receiving the “Ticket” 76-2318 “Operators of underground facilities shall become members of and participate in the statewide one-call notification center” Receiving the “Ticket”: Receiving the “Ticket” Tickets may be received from Center by: Verbal voice calls Fax Computer Printer Computer database system Acting on the Ticket: Acting on the Ticket Acting on the Ticket: Acting on the Ticket Locate Facilities within 2 business days Provide Positive Response to Excavator Locating Facilities: Locating Facilities 76-2323 ”…an operator shall advise the excavator of the approximate location of underground facilities in the area of the proposed excavation by marking or identifying the location of the underground facilities with stakes, flags, paint, or any other clearly identifiable marking reference point.” Locating Facilities: Locating Facilities Must the locate be perfect? NO Locating Facilities: Locating Facilities 76-2323 “The location of the underground facility given by the operator shall be within a strip of land eighteen inches on either side of the marking or identification plus one-half of the width of the underground facility.” Locating Facilities: Locating Facilities Locating Facilities: Locating Facilities Locating Facilities: Locating Facilities Utility must provide positive response to excavator. Call excavator to notify they are “clear” Bet ya didn’t know: Bet ya didn’t know Markings must last a minimum of 5 business days on nonpermanent surface and 10 business days on any permanent surface Bet ya didn’t know: Bet ya didn’t know How long is the locate good for? Can you still see the marks? Law states how long the markings must last, it does not specify how long the locate is valid. Bet ya didn’t know: Bet ya didn’t know 76-2323 “If the excavation will continue for longer than five business days, the operator shall remark or reidentify the location of the underground facility upon the request of the excavator.” Operation Guidelines--One Call Board - locate marking: Operation Guidelines-- One Call Board - locate marking Locate markings more than 5 business days old on non-permanent and 10 business days old on permanent surfaces, may not be reliable due to weathering, construction activity, tampering or other activities…Therefore, to promote safety, if the excavation will continue for more than 5 business days after the “work to begin date” Operational Guideline ..contd: Operational Guideline ..contd …it is recommended that the excavator request the facility operator to re-mark the location of the facility. Excavator should not request the re-marking of the facility less than 3 business days after the “work to begin date” on the Locate Request Ticket. Emergencies: Emergencies Emergencies: Emergencies 76-2307 “Emergency condition shall mean any condition which constitutes a clear and present danger to life, health, or property or which demands immediate action to prevent or repair a major service outage.” Emergencies: Emergencies Don’t call in bogus emergencies. They waste everyone's time!!!! Plan your work Emergencies: Emergencies What is Utility’s required response time? Law does not state any. Metro Areas, 2 hours or less is preferred Non Metro Areas will vary… Utility should respond to excavator by phone as soon as possible to verify schedule. Miscellaneous: Miscellaneous White Line, White Line, White Line Don’t call in bogus emergencies Be specific on locate tickets. (address, driving directions, dig area, etc.) Miscellaneous: Miscellaneous Work with the locators, they in turn will work with you. Form relationship with locators in your area. Law allows for locators to arrange to a meet with the excavator (76-2323). In Conclusion: In Conclusion White Line, White Line, White Line Don’t call in bogus emergencies White Line, White Line, White Line Don’t call in bogus emergencies White Line, White Line, White Line Don’t call in bogus emergencies White Line, White Line, White Line Don’t call in bogus emergencies Questions?: Questions?