Excavating near gas lines can be dangerous and should be handled by professionals.
Explosions can occur when excavating around these lines if proper precautions and procedures aren’t followed. In fact, should an existing gas or other utility pipeline be struck while excavating, emergency responders need to be contacted immediately. To maximize safety, our excavators understand the emergency response plan specific to each site to ensure that all employees know what to do in the event of a gas line puncture.
Safe digging practices include:
- Calling 8-1-1 before a dig
- Following a pre-excavation checklist of tasks that need to be done before moving dirt
- Knowing and reviewing the markers around the dig
- Being aware of the tolerance zone and not digging too close to the line
- Monitoring the air quality around the dig to detect any possible gas
- Digging with the right tools and equipment to avoid hitting or puncturing a line
Equally important is to know what NOT to do in the event of a puncture or hit.
- Don’t backfill an area where a pipe has been hit
- Don’t put out a fire if escaping gas ignites
- Don’t repair a damaged pipe
While there are many DIY tasks a person can do, excavating near a gas line is something we do not recommend for most individuals. This procedure should be handled by professionals as improper procedures can lead to many problems as well as potentially fatal results. Be sure that a contractor you choose is licensed and experienced for maximum safety.