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PUC Damage Prevention Committee Releases Actions for Violations of PA One Call Law

Friday June 19th, 2020

PUC Damage Prevention Committee Releases Actions for Violations of PA One Call Law

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Damage Prevention Committee has announced the latest enforcement actions taken against facility owners, excavators, and project owners for failure to comply with the state’s Underground Utility Line Protection Act, also known as the PA One Call Law. The actions were from the committee’s June meeting. 

Every year, underground lines across the state are struck more than 6,000 times, which means that during the average workday, a pipeline or other vital utility system is hit every 20 minutes. While underground lines are often “out of sight and out of mind,” every hit poses a risk to the contractors and homeowners who are doing the digging, to utility workers and emergency responders who are mobilized when lines are struck, and to bystanders who live, work, or travel near the locations of the incidents.  

State law requires contractors and residents to contact PA One Call at least three business days before excavation, triggering alerts to all utilities within an intended digging area and prompting utilities to mark where their facilities are located. Townships can dial 8-1-1 to connect with the One Call system.