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Four Steps for Safe Demolition
Everyone’s resources have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help prevent locate delays by pre-marking your proposed dig area in white, and notifying 811 of your planned excavation with as much lead time as is possible: up to 10 days in Pennsylvania. To learn more about Duquesne Light Company’s response to COVID-19, click here.
Power Line Safety for Tree Workers
Before starting any demolition, deconstruction or significant renovation projects, including building elevation or additions, take these four steps to ensure that your job proceeds as safely as possible:
1. Call Duquesne Light Company at 412-393-7100
Do NOT begin the job until Duquesne Light Company has shut off the electric service, disconnected the electric service drop and removed electric meters. For service disconnects, call 412-393-7100.
2. Notify 811 Before You Dig
If the job involves digging or moving earth in any way–such as removing footings, foundations or tree stumps–be sure to call 811 at least two business days before you begin (excluding the date you notify 811, weekends and legal holidays). This service will arrange for underground power lines and other utilities to be located and marked so that you can dig a safe distance away from them. Remember, notifying 811 is required by law in Pennsylvania. Additional notifications and onsite meetings may also be required for demolition projects in your state.
After utility service has been disconnected, safe digging practices continue to be critical. Even minor damage to underground electric power lines can result in dangerous problems, such as fire and loss of life and property, when power is restored.
3. Conduct a Visual Site Survey
4. Review Your Emergency Plan Before Work Begins
Make sure everyone at the job site knows what to do in case of an unforeseen electric utility contact. This is especially important for partial demolition jobs, where electric service may continue to be supplied to a portion of the property.
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