Before completing any excavation work your licensed professional will gather the most up to date underground utility maps. This reduces the risk of hitting an underground utility line.
However, even with all of the records available accidents still do happen. The main reason is inaccuracy of records, usually due to being extremely out-dated.
All utility lines should be treated as a hazard
Different lines represent different hazards but all should be treated with extreme caution even if they don’t appear to present a hazard initially.
If something is hit but doesn’t appear to have caused any damage it should still be treated with extreme caution, as it could be a main transmission line that appears harmless but is a danger to or can disrupt the communities infrastructure or services.
For example, hitting a telecom line might not be deadly but it could cause serious inconvenience to both families and businesses in the area!
The number one way to significantly reduce your risk of hitting an underground utility line is to ensure only professionals carry out any excavation works!
Don’t try to perform excavation work yourself. Whether you want to dig space for a pool or reroute your plumbing pipes, leave this to the tradies!
Licensed tradespeople are qualified to perform all the necessary searches and gain council approvals to start excavating safely and avoid underground utility lines.