It is critical to understand where electricity is located on a jobsite in order to avoid electrocutions of electrical workers.
In the Ground
- Before any digging takes place, even with a shovel, utility locates are required. Some lines are barely beneath the surface.
- Locates include sewer, telephone, fuel, electric and water lines.
- Outline / mark your planned dig site in white.
- Two business days before you dig, CALL 811. Remember, the day you call does not count.
- Do not dig until all known utilities are marked.
- Maintain all marks.
- Determine the precise location of the marked utilities by hand digging.
- Dig safely using proven excavating methods.
- Use handheld digging tools when digging within 24 inches of the outside edge of any underground lines .
- Emergency excavation is not exempt from calling for locate.
- Locate marks expire 45 days from the date the excavator provides notice.
- Use pot-holing, vacuum excavation, or hand tools when digging close to lines.
Best Practices for Maintaining Locate Marks
- Preserve or protect as much of the original marks as possible.
- Use off-set staking, in areas where original locate marks will be continuously destroyed by excavation or weather.
- The off-set staking must be uniformly aligned and must be accurately indicated at the location of the original locate
- Digital scaled photo, or other permanent scaled imaging or drawings, may be used in areas where original locate
- marks will be destroyed by excavation or weather.
- Use white paint to maintain the original markings.
- Bookend the original locate marks with solid white squares or brackets.
- Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
- Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
- Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.
Questions for Discussion
- What lines are you likely to hit when digging at the surface?
- What does red concrete indicate?