New Underground Safety Legislation in Effect

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Representative Mike Hager's (R-Rutherford) House Bill 476, "Rewrite Underground Damage Prevention Act," has become effective October 1.  "The rewrite was a very important and special bill to me and I am honored to be a part of the development of the bill," said Representative Mike Hager.  "We met for over a year developing strong legislation, which is a great example of government and business working together for the health and wellbeing of our citizens.  This bill will save lives."  The driving force of developing legislation was a fatal accident in Iredell County in which an excavator hit an underground electrical line that was not properly marked.

Some key highlights of the bill include:

    Excavators are required to dial 811 on their phone to give notice of intent to excavate when excavating anywhere in the state. This will connect them directly to the NC811, who will notify all facility owner/operators with underground facilities in the area of proposed excavation.
     Universal participation is required by all underground facility owner/operators in the NC811 "call before you dig" process, which will ensure all underground facility owner/operators with facilities in an area of proposed excavation are notified when excavation activities are planned.
    Clarification of owner/operator responsibilities when responding to a notice of intent to excavate and identifying and marking facilities.

Visit the NC 811 website law section to download the new legislation.

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