Protecting underground utilities that provide vital services to all of us each day, and helping to ensure service, safety and reliability just became easier. Instead of excavators trying to remember the current 10-digit “Call Before You Dig,” telephone number, they can just call 8-1-1. Additional information can be found on the PSE&G website at www.pseg.com/safety.
The State of New Jersey adopted the Underground Facility Protection Act (N.J.S.A. 48:2-73 through N.J.S.A. 48:2-91), or the One-Call system, to protect underground utilities. Despite the law, public notifications and preventive measures, approximately 40% of the damages incurred to PSE&G facilities occurred when an excavator failed to notify the One-Call Center, 8-1-1 or 1-800-272-1000, to obtain a “free” mark out.
Since New Jersey is one of the most densely populated states in the country, with a comparable density of underground utility infrastructure, anyone doing underground work must call the New Jersey One-Call Center at 1–800–272-1000 or 8-1-1 four business days before each job for a free mark out.
Damage to underground utilities can cause major disruptions in telecommunications, water supply, natural gas, electric power and other necessary public services, and can result in fatalities, serious injuries, traffic congestion, financial losses and environmental impacts.