Make the Right Call Before You Dig
April 5, 2012
Spring is in the air, heralding the beginning of the digging season. Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. supports April as National Safe Digging Month to increase awareness about the importance of calling the national 811 number before you dig.
“Keeping our neighbors safe and informed is a top priority for Koch Pipeline,” said Bob O’Hair, executive vice president of operations for Koch Pipeline. “Calling 811 before you begin any digging project will help avoid problems.”
Koch Pipeline owns or operates pipelines in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Texas.
Each year, many Americans are injured or cause property damage due to their failure to take proper precautions before starting projects. Incidents caused by unsafe digging practices can compromise safety, create environmental hazards and cause service disruptions. According to the Common Ground Alliance, 49 percent of Americans who plan to dig this year will put their community's safety at risk by not calling 811 to learn the approximate location of underground utilities. Further data indicate that an underground utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes nationwide, and in one-third of these incidents, the digger did not call 811.
Koch Pipeline encourages people to call 811 several days prior to digging – states have various time requirements. The caller will then be connected to a local call notification center. The caller’s information will be forwarded to the appropriate local utility companies, and a professional locator will visit the dig site to mark the lines with flags or spray paint indicating the location of underground utilities. Having utilities marked is vital to the safety and protection of those who live or work around underground utilities
Respecting the marks by waiting the appropriate amount of time is critical to a safe digging experience. In addition, if someone wants to dig near a Koch Pipeline asset, a Koch Pipeline representative must be on site to observe the digging.
Help spread the word about “Call Before You Dig.”
About Koch Pipeline Company, L.P.
Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. has earned numerous local, state and national level safety awards. Koch Pipeline operates more than 4,000 miles of pipelines in Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois that transport crude oil, refined products, ethanol, natural gas liquids and chemicals. Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Learn more at www.kochpipeline.com. Find us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter: KochPipeline