Before you start digging pipe holes there are a few things that you need to be aware of. Digging pipe holes without observing the proper safety precautions can lead to a number of serious consequences. This is one of the reasons it is always better to seek professional excavation services when digging pipe holes or any earth moving work.
Hitting underground assets such as electric cables or gas can result in serious and in some case fatal accidents. You may also find that you are liable for the costs of the damage that you cause. Here are some tips to protect yourself next time you are digging pipe holes.
Dial Before You Start Digging
Before you start digging you should use the free national “Dial Before You Dig” helpline – 1100. Dial Before You Dig will be able to supply you with details of the location of cables and pipes that belong to utility company’s in your locality. However, you should not rely solely on the information provided by Dial Before You Dig, as they may not identify all underground pipes or cables.
Assets still need to be carefully located in order to confirm exactly where they are. Not all of the underground asset owners are members of the Dial Before You Dig Network. Also pipes and cables may not be in the exact location that they are on the plans that Dial Before You Dig has access to.
Using Pipe And Cable Locating Equipment
One of the safest ways to check if there are pipes and cables is to hire a unground asset location company. If you have access to your own locating equipment you may want to do this yourself. Make sure that the equipment is properly calibrated and capable of locating all of the underground assets.
Alternatively you may want to use pilot hole to check the location of underground assets. It is recommended that you use insulated hand tools to protect yourself, but keep in mind that you still can cause damage to the underground asset.
Lastly before you begin digging you should try to isolate the electricity supply if possible. In order to isolate electricity you will need to apply for a permit from your local power network. They will turn off power in your location until you are finished digging. Taking a little time to locate and isolate underground assets can save you a lot of problems later on.