DAMAGE PREVENTION

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					 DAMAGE PREVENTION
         Stopping underground
         facility damages before
        an incident or explosion.

Establish Standard Operating Procedures
    (“SOPs”) for damage prevention.
              Objective:
• Prevent excavators who do not have a mark-
  out request from excavating until the
  underground facilities are marked.
   Verify the mark-out request
• The underground facilities should be marked in
  the area where the excavating is occurring with the
  appropriate paint, flags and or stakes according to
  the law (Underground facility Protection Act).


               Red

              Yellow

              Orange
               Blue
              Green
              White
 Verify valid mark-out request
• When excavation activity is observed:
   –   Large construction equipment
   –   Post hole diggers
   –   Hand excavation including planting trees / shrubs
   –   Or any other type of excavation
• Observe if paint or colored flags are marking the
  underground facilities in the area of excavation
   – If not, inquire with the excavator if they have a valid
     mark-out request and what their request number is.
   – The request number is 9-digits long with the first two
     numbers representing the year (example: 050321010)
   – If there are no marks & the excavator does not have a
     mark-out request, have the excavator stop excavating.
               No valid request
• Have the excavator stop excavating
  immediately.
• Notify the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities OneCall
  Enforcement group, OSHA, or your local utility.
   – BPU contact number 973.667.3204
   – OSHA
       • Essex, Hudson, Morris, Sussex (973) 263-1003
       • Bergen, Passaic (201) 288-1700
       • Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, Union, Warren
         (732) 750-3270
       • Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland,
         Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem
         (856) 757-5181
Failing to have a mark-out request
• Can result in death, injuries, and / or property damage. The picture
  below was the result of an excavator failing to request that
  underground facilities be marked. Three people were killed.
Failing to have a mark-out for the work area
  • You may find an excavator working beyond the
    area they requested to be marked. This can also
    result in death, injuries & property damage.
 You can prevent underground
       facility damages
• Your action to stop illegal excavations that
  endanger public safety can prevent serious
  incidents from occurring.
             Protect the Public
• Establish damage prevention SOPs for police,
  building & parking inspectors, fire department
• For additional information call NJ Board of Public
  Utilities One-Call Enforcement Group.
• For the law or a copy of the Underground Facility
  Protection Act
   – NJSA 48:2-73 through NJSA 48:2-91
   – NJAC14:2-1.1 through NJAC 14:2-6.4
   – OSHA Federal Regulation 1926.651
   (go to:
     (“http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/wwwroot/serviceeval/hand
     book.pdf” )

				
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