5.26 Emergency Excavation

One Call Center Facility Owner Excavator

Practice Statement:

In the case of an emergency excavation, maintenance or repairs may be made immediately, provided that the excavator notifies the one call 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.

Practice Description:

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 one calls)


One Call Center One Call Center

Facility Owner Facility Owner

Excavator Excavator

Locator Locator

Project Owner Project Owner

Designer Designer