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Chapter 5

5.27 Backfilling

Practice Statement:

The excavator protects all facilities from damage when backfilling an excavation. Trash, debris, coiled wire, or other material that could damage existing facilities or interfere with the accuracy of future locates are not buried in the excavation.

Practice Description:

Extra caution must be taken to remove large rocks, sharp objects, and large chunks of hard-packed clay or dirt. No trash or pieces of abandoned lines are backfilled into the trench. This helps prevent inadvertent damage to the facility during the backfill process.

References:

  • Michigan DOT specification •Existing insurance carrier guidelines

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