Sunshine State One-Call
SSOCOF notifies member underground facility operators that digging or construction will occur in a given location near their underground services.
It’s a state law to call before you dig, the “Underground Damage Prevention and Safety Act,” Chapter 556, of the Florida Statues. Professional excavators, underground facility operators (gas, electric, petroleum, water, sewer, cable, telephone) and homeowners are the primary targets of this “Prevention and Safety Act.” Everyone is urged to call SSOCOF at 1-800-432-4770 a minimum of 48-hours prior to digging. SSOCOF then notifies its member underground facility operators that digging, construction or demolition will occur in a specific location on a specified date. The operators then will go to the area and mark all of its services with paint, flags or stakes.
Construction and excavation activities are the largest single cause of damage to underground facilities. Unsafe-digging practices can result in major damages with far-reaching consequences, from personal injury and environmental damage, to costly project delays and expensive repairs. To help quantify the scope of this problem, during the 10-year period of 1987 through 1996, the Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety reported that there were 1,178 outside force accidents involving hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines in the US resulting in 378 injuries, 68 fatalities and more than $141 million in property damage. These figures do not reflect damage to cables and wires affecting services such as telephone or electric.
Gulf Coast Electric would like to stress the importance of complying with the call-before-you dig law and we would like to urge you to practice safe digging procedures. By obeying the law, we all can make a difference by saving lives, protecting property and the environment.
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