How the Murrieta Explosion Could Have Been Avoided

Contents1 What is Utility Potholing?2 Why Pothole?3 Why vacuum excavation?4 Plan before you dig!   Southern California was recently devastated when a ruptured gas line led to an explosion. The explosion killed a Southern California Gas Company worker, and fifteen people were injured. The reason behind the Murietta explosion was a contractor who was working …

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Potholing Utilities for Damage Prevention & Effective Subsurface Investigation


Contents1 Preventing Damage2 Surgery for Construction Contractors3 The Alternative The practical considerations involved in starting or continuing a construction project without first ascertaining what obstacles might be hidden under the ground can be substantial. While there are technologies available to perform searches for utility lines, water or sewer pipes and other underground structures, there exists …

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Why Utility Potholing Is Essential for A Successful Construction Project


Contents1 Safe Zones2 Scheduling and Costs3 Physics It’s long been said that if humans could see all that is under the ocean, they’d never leave the shore. The same is true of nearly any developed property, whether you are starting a new structure, repairing a building or adding to an existing site. You’re going to …

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How to Reduce Trenching and Excavation Safety Hazards


The work involved in exposing underground utilities can be intricate in nature. There is a lack of vision, due to the infrastructure being underneath the ground, meaning that accurately locating the target piping or cabling is difficult. This problem makes it incredibly important to gather as much intelligence as you can on the area in …

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Expose Underground Utilities with Vacuum Excavation


Underground utilities are particularly susceptible to damage, especially when worked upon in more traditional ways such as manual digging and using a backhoe. Manual Digging is the most labor-intensive method of exposing underground utilities, requiring significant worker numbers to accomplish the job. This kind of work can also take days to complete, requiring both the …

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Professional Excavation Advice in Exposing Buried Utilities


Contents1 Safety Tips2 Excavating Safely3 Summary Great care should always be taken when attempting to expose buried utilities. There are a number of dangers that can be hazardous to workers underground, with electrical cabling having the potential to kill. They can often look very similar to other piping, meaning workers can unknowingly make contact with …

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