DOE Operating Experience - Contact with Underground Utility Lines
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Type:  DOE OPEX

Publisher:  U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Electrical, Work Management/Planning, Excavation

This Operating Experience Level 3 document provides information about a safety concern related to excavation at Department of Energy facilities involving equipment that disturbs the subterranean environment and has the potential to contact and damage buried utility lines. Several recent events have been reported to the Occurrence Reporting and Processing System involving unexpected contact with underground utility lines. These reports reveal a trend of inadequate work planning and safe execution of excavation and construction activities. These events were reviewed to determine common factors and identify lessons learned.

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