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Contractors Are Responsible For Knowing Where Utility Lines Are Buried

Friday, March 19, 2010 02:02 am

 

Utilities

Excavation Techs., Inc. v. Columbia Gas Co. of Penn

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2009 Pa. Lexis 2794 (Dec. 29, 2009)

Even if you call before you dig, you'll bear the economic loss if you hit a utility line you didn't know was there.

Before evacuating a work site, Evacuation Technologies, Inc. (Evacuation Technologies) asked the local gas company to mark the location of gas lines within the excavation area. Under Pennsylvania's One Call Act (the Act), gas line owners must mark the position of gas lines within two days of any request. The gas company, Columbia Gas Company of Pennsylvania (Columbia Gas), improperly marked some of the gas lines and did not mark a few of the lines at all. As a result, Excavation Technologies hit several gas [...]

 
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