5.26 Emergency Excavation
In the case of an emergency excavation, maintenance or repairs may be made immediately, provided that the excavator notifies the 811 center and facility owner/operator as soon as reasonably possible. This includes situations that involve danger to life, health, or property or that require immediate correction in order to continue the operation of or ensure the continuity of public utility service or public transportation.
This practice allows excavation to begin immediately to restore service or to stop a hazardous situation from getting worse in the case of a gas or pipeline leak, cut telephone cable, or other facility damage.
- Existing state laws, including Colorado, Nevada, West Virginia, and others (49 participating states or 811 centers)