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January 24, 2013

Safety Strategies for Excavating Around Underground Utilities

Nothing brings construction projects to a halt faster than the discovery of a gas pipe, electrical line, sewer tile or water pipe that nobody knew was there. If the crew is lucky, they recognize the line before any damage is done, or they quickly determine that it’s a short segment of a long-abandoned leg. If they’re not so lucky, they may get to see themselves on the news that evening. 

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of unexpectedly encountering underground utilities. It takes extra planning in the early stages of a project and a little bit of additional investment, but that’s a small price to pay when you consider the schedule disruptions such discoveries create - or the cost of repairing the damage your project created to a major utility line. The safety experts at Safety Management Group have prepared an article on how to plan, coordinate and respond to surprises that may arise. Read more here or browse burried utility signs at

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