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Old 11-27-2012, 04:07 PM
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Springfield Ma. Gas Explosion

Don't have a link but, 20 hurt - 44 buildings damaged or destroyed.

Does anyone see the point i have been trying to make?
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:50 PM
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And all that was caused by someone puncturing some of that yellow plastic pipe with a hand held probe.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:11 PM
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And all that was caused by someone puncturing some of that yellow plastic pipe with a hand held probe.
Could have been a slide hammer probe but regardless, the contact was made by an employee of the facility who should have called for a relocate since it is reported that the marks were old. If a relocate were to have been performed, there may have been a conflict of marks and the site been potholed.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:21 PM
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And all that was caused by someone puncturing some of that yellow plastic pipe with a hand held probe.
Right tool, Wrong type of pipe.
http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/local/h...arent-gas-leak
http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/local/h...00&status=true

Here's some links, I din't read them, This is one of the local news stations that covered it.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:26 PM
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Where I am there is no requirment to call unless you are using mechanized equipment. Are requirements different elsewhere?

I have hit about every type of utility you can imagine, and that's with having them marked out....bad markings or not on any plan.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:39 PM
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I saw it too. I would be interested to know what size pipe it was for that big of an explosion and how exactly it happened with a probe. I can't believe no one was killed... that was a miracle.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:09 PM
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Where I am there is no requirment to call unless you are using mechanized equipment. Are requirements different elsewhere?
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That's true in a lot of places, in my state it's if you are digging more then 1' down even with a shovel. .. Better safe then sorry
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:39 PM
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I have hit about every type of utility you can imagine, and that's with having them marked out....bad markings or not on any plan.
You must be doing something very wrong.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:43 PM
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That's true in a lot of places, in my state it's if you are digging more then 1' down even with a shovel. .. Better safe then sorry
Non mechanical = bare hands.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:17 AM
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That was in my former career. Lots of drilling and excavating on abandoned properties old factories, gas stations etc. Reasonable measures were taken to avoid utilities but we'd still find them. Usually it was because they were marked out wrong or the facility plans were wrong.

We had a problem in my state with a contractor that a lot of the utilities were subcontracting to do their locating. Basically they spent most of their time hanging out in bars. It was a big news story at the time.

Never hit a water line other than a 3/4 inch copper one or fiber optic cable, but I think we hit everything else, including a sewer main at 26 feet below grade. I was about ready to sink a hole in front of a dry cleaners when I realized there was no blue paint on the property at all...knew they had to have water. Had to stop work and wait 2 days for them to come back out. Our proposed boring was right over the lateral. And luckily the driller noticed his drilling rod bouncing strangely when we were driving a sampling tube into a plastic gas line behind a Stop & Shop...marked wrong.

"Anyone planning an outdoor project that
requires digging with power or mechanized
equipment must notify CBYD before they start
digging."

I don't think that includes shovels.
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