Most Contractors Report Significant Flaws with 811 Utility Location System
On November 17, AGC released the results of its 811 underground utility safety and damage prevention process (811 process) survey of heavy water/wastewater, highway/bridge, telecom, gas transmission and distribution, and energy infrastructure contractors. The purpose of the survey is to provide an accurate accounting of the professional excavator/construction industry’s experience with the 811 process. The survey results make it clear that there is room for improvement by all stakeholders. All stakeholders, particularly facility owner/operators, must be held accountable for failing to execute their responsibilities in the process. Often these failures are the root cause of damages that occur during excavation activities.