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Chapter 5

5.18 Excavation Observer

Practice Statement:

The excavator has an observer to assist the equipment operator when operating excavation equipment around known underground facilities.

Practice Description:

The excavator designates a worker (an observer) who watches the excavation activity and warns the equipment operator while excavating around a utility to prevent damaging that buried facility.

References:

  • Existing state law, including Ohio
  • Existing practice among large facility owners/operators, including Southern Natural Gas, Bell South, and Columbia Gas

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