America’s One-Call system is a vital element in ongoing efforts to prevent damage to buried pipes and cables, and bodily harm or death to contractors doing the excavation. A telephone call to 8-1-1 rings the nearest state One-Call center, which arranges for member utility providers to locate and mark buried lines at a specified construction site.

This single, toll-free number reaches call centers in all parts of the country, but each operates under laws of the state in which it is located. One-Call regulations differ widely from state to state.

Understanding One-Call procedures and regulations in the state where excavation is to be performed is essential. Those laws are not static, and as efforts to protect buried facilities accelerate, they’re changing, often becoming more stringent. Find out more in this article from Underground Construction.

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(Reprinted from MNLA eNews “Safety First” Thursday, June 19,2014.)