Ditchmen • NUCA of Florida Ditchmen • January 2017 - Page 7

Excavation damage continues to be a leading cause of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipeline incidents resulting in death and serious injury. PRACTICE DAMAGE PROTECTION PROTECT WALLET The U.S. DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has established criteria for adequate state enforcement of their damage prevention (one-call) laws and also a Federal Standard for Excavators. Here’s what you need to know: 1. PHMSA evaluated each state against the enforcement criteria to determine program adequacy. Florida’s program was evaluated in December and a decision is pending. 2. PHMSA will take federal enforcement action against excavators in states with inadequate enforcement when a pipeline regulated by PHMSA or the state is unlawfully damaged. Daily fines max out at $200,000 and $2 million. 3. Damage prevention is your best defense. a. LEARN and FOLLOW Sunshine 811’s High Priority Subsurface Installation (HPSI) procedures for working near HPSIs. b. ALWAYS CONTACT the pipeline operator with the excavation start date and time when you get positive response code 2C-Marked with Exceptions. That means your excavation site is within 15 feet of an HPSI pipeline. Stay updated by email, blog, RSS feed, social media. It’s all at sunshine811.com. • • • JANUARY 2017 • DITCHMEN 7