c. Photographs should be taken and reports completed to help document the damage and
assist in resolving any claim that may be filed.
d. If a water line, other than a main is damaged, you should attempt to stop the flow of
water if possible.
e. If a gas or power line is damaged, it may be necessary to leave the area immediately
and notify others in the area. REMEMBER, SAFETY FIRST!!! FOLLOW LOCAL SAFETY
STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES.
8.4.8 Accountability for Excavator Error. Obtain and learn the laws and regulations
that pertain to excavating in your city or state. Everyone should incorporate these procedures
into their daily routine. By utilizing these procedures, it will increase your productivity and
efficiency, not to mention the obvious safety benefits. Consider disciplinary action, suspension, or
termination in any of the following situations.
a. Digging without obtaining utility locations.
b. Excavating, including hand digging, without utility locations for any or all facilities or
c. Any "at fault" damage.
d. Failure to check paperwork or equipment before leaving the shop.
e. Failure to utilize the job check list provided.
Preparation for Work in Underground Structures. Underground structures
consist of manholes, handholes, and vaults. Where the word manhole is used it applies to the
other structures as appropriate to their size and access. Before entering a manhole, place all
warning signs needed for protection of those working in and around the manhole, for drivers of
vehicles, and for pedestrians.
Before entering the manhole test for oxygen deficiency and dangerous
gases. If there is an oxygen deficiency, or if any toxic or combustible gas
is entering the manhole, provide adequate ventilation while there are
workers in these structures. Smoking is not permitted in manholes.
8.5.1 Removing a Manhole Cover. Two persons, each with a manhole cover hook,
may be required to remove a cover. They should lift the cover with the leg and arm muscles, and