EFFECTIVENESS OF PROGRAMS FOR PREVENTION OF DAMAGE TO PIPELINES BY OUTSIDE FORCES
This investigation was conducted to determine the status of programs for prevention of damage to underground facilities of utilities, pipelines and other underground line systems. The study was centered on outside force/outside party damage during excavation near the underground facilities. Data concerning underground damage were analyzed; these data were obtained from OPSO, utilities, other line operators, one-call systems, and State agencies. The data analysis shows that there are wide variations in the effectiveness of damage prevention programs across the country. Many laws or regulations reviewed encourage the formation of one-call systems. In some one-call systems all of the utilities, private and municipal, are members, in others only private utilities are members. All organizations responsible for underground facilities need to work together on mutual damage prevention efforts to be effective. The one-call systems are a logical outgrowth of individual utility efforts to reduce outside party damage. When many utilities join together and advertise a single phone number to receive excavator calls, a one-call system exists. A number of conclusions and recommendations for improvement of underground damage prevention programs are presented.
- Prepared in cooperation with Institute of Gas Technology, Chicago, Ill.
IIT Research Institute10 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL USA 60616
Department of TransportationOffice of Pipeline Safety, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC USA 20590
- COURTNEY, W J
- Yie, G
- Kalkbrenner, D
- Publication Date: 1977-11
- Pagination: 311 p.
- TRT Terms: Excavating equipment; Jurisprudence and judicial processes; Loss and damage; Pipelines; Public utilities; Regulations; Safety engineering; Underground structures
- Uncontrolled Terms: Damage assessment
- Subject Areas: Bridges and other structures; Law; Pipelines; Terminals and Facilities;
- Accession Number: 00180778
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: IITRI-J6392, DOT/MTB/OPSO-77/12
- Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-60521
- Files: NTIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Sep 14 2002 12:00AM