Resources for Excavators & Public Works

Excavation damage to underground utility lines can result in interrupted utility service, environmental or property damage, injuries and even fatalities. Use the resources below to review and share best practices for safely excavating near pipelines and other underground utility lines.

App

Excavation Best Practices Checklist AppDownload Pipeline Finder App

Download the free Excavation Best Practices Checklist app.  This checklist is a great resource for excavators to use at their work sites to ensure they are following the industry recognized best practices.  The app is available in both English and Spanish.  The Excavation Best Practices are part of the Common Ground Alliance’s Best Practices (version 11.0).

English:

Available on App Store   Available on Google Play
 Download from the App Store    Download from Google Play

Spanish:

Available on App Store   Available on Google Play
 Download from the App Store    Download from Google Play

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Publications

Property Development Guide

Excavation Best Practices Checklist - English
Excavation Best Practices Checklist - Spanish

(PDF) 819 KB

Property Development Specifications

Provides guidance on how to safely excavate near pipelines.  Includes diagrams and guidance for safely crossing pipelines; boring, drilling and tunneling near pipelines; non-explosive seismic testing and blasting; and installing or repairing overhead and buried power or communication cable near existing pipelines.  Also includes clearance requirements for roads, railroads and paved lots."
(PDF) 998 KB

More Publications

2012 Excavation Safety Guide & Directory - Pipeline Edition

Excavation safety magazine focused on best practices for digging near underground pipelines.  Includes a safety poster, an overview of legal requirements in each state and tips for white-lining and backfilling.  Sponsored by the Pipeline Association for Public Awareness.
(PDF) 2.7 MB

Download poster in English.

Download poster in Spanish.

APWA Uniform Color Code Chart

Marking guide and safety color reference information for use in understanding temporary markings of underground facilities, including pipelines.  Produced by the American Public Works Association (APWA)."
(PDF) 109 KB

A Guideline for Pipeline Safety

Pipeline safety information for those living and working near pipelines operated by Marathon Pipe Line LLC.  Includes information about right-of-way protection and integrity management activities.
(PDF) 4 MB

 

 

Websites

http://www.commongroundalliance.com
Online version of the Common Ground Alliance’s Best Practices for safe excavation near pipelines and other underground utility lines.

www.call811.com
Information about the 811 process and state-specific contact and reference information.

Pipeline 101 Website

http://www.pipeline101.com/

Information about pipelines provided by the Association of Oil Pipelines and the American Petroleum Institute.