5.15 Facility Avoidance


Practice Statement:

The excavator uses reasonable care to avoid damaging underground facilities. The excavator plans the excavation so as to avoid damage or to minimize interference with the underground facilities in or near the work area.

Practice Description:

Foremost on any construction project is safety. Excavators using caution around underground facilities significantly contribute to safe excavation of existing facilities.


  • Existing state laws, including Kansas, Ohio, West Virginia, and others


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Facility Owner Facility Owner

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