811 is a free, nationwide service designed to keep you safe from damaging pipelines and underground utilities when digging or excavating. Calling 811 is a simple process that can help avoid potential damage or destruction of equipment, as well as injury or death.
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- Operator contact information is also provided on pipeline markers.
- Contact local pipeline operators to learn more about the location of their lines and pipeline safety.
- Know the information on the pipeline marker:
- Name of the operating company
- 24/7 emergency number
The majority of pipelines are located beneath farmland.
Accidentally striking a pipeline can have lethal consequences, so it's critical for farmers and ranchers to follow appropriate safety procedures.
811 should be called before doing any work that disturbs the soil, including:
- Deep tilling
- Soil ripping
- Installing drain tile
- Constructing fences, roads, driveways, berms, overhead or underground utilities or other facilities
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, excavation and construction are the greatest single cause of serious pipeline accidents.
Without proper coordination, excavation activities in the vicinity of underground pipelines can create very dangerous conditions.
Public safety officials and emergency response agencies must be able to quickly and correctly respond to a pipeline emergency. Understanding how to work with pipeline operator representatives is a critical part of the emergency response process.
Developing relationships with local pipeline operators is important to promote and enforce safe excavation practices and state One-Call laws to protect pipelines and prevent incidents from happening.
Approximately one in every 20 schools in the United States is located within a half mile of an underground petroleum or natural gas pipeline or above-ground pipeline facility.
Being aware of pipeline locations and knowing who to contact in an emergency can help you prevent and better respond to a pipeline emergency in your school's vicinity.
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