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ARBOR EAST LOCATING
7223 WESTBROOK RD. FENWICK, MI 48834-9639
1-989-637-4710 - Fax 1-989-637-4127
To: Civil engineers, Architects, Construction managers, General contractors
Ref: Underground utility damage prevention
MANY PROJECTS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY DO NOT INCLUDE REQUIREMENTS IN THE PLAN OR SPECIFICATIONS DIRECTED TO THE VARIOUS SUB-CONTRACTORS THAT REQUIRE THEM TO LOCATE AND CONFIRM THE LOCATION OF THAT PROPERTIES OPERATING SYSTEMS.
A assumption is repeatedly made that requiring a call to MISS DIG is sufficient effort to avoid damage to all the underground facilities, including privately owned sites. This is not true. MISS DIG is an answering service and system to dispatch a public utility to mark their pipes, not yours.
Many large facilities own the electric transformer and the wires from it to the building, MISS DIG will not stake them, and nobody will make an effort to find someone responsible to tell them that either.
Many water departments will not locate water lines after a main shut off or the property line and certainly not on a site with a private well supply.
Most plant maintenance personal do not have the equipment or training to locate the water main, services or buried valve boxes. Without equipment how do they correctly mark the steam, gas, telephone, building to building communication, fiber optics, electric, satellite dish, irrigation, temporary service's, street light wires, pump station control/alarm wires, gate control wire, television security wires, fire alarm tamper-switch wires and sewers?
I strongly encourage all engineers, architects and project managers to include a clause in the specifications and on each plan sheet that says, in part.... Prior to any excavation the contractor shall determine the location of all underground utilities and lines, both public and private…
The generic CALL MISS DIG logo does not apply to the privately owned lines and damage to them is a non budgeted expense to the contractor and everyone he can bring into this emergency, in addition to the downtime to the client and the trades affected.
I have responded after the fact to many projects after damage was done and heard all kinds of excuses, most of which are, " WE CALLED MISS DIG, ITS NOT OUR PROBLEM, IT WASN'T STAKED",
The other is from the maintenance personal at these facilities," WE DON'T HAVE ANY EQUIPMENT, WE CAN'T FIND IT", or," THE PLANS ARE SO FAR OFF WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE IT IS".
This doesn't help the backhoe operator or tree spade operator one bit, he is there now and has to do something, so the gamble begins.
This is where we come in; we can find most anything buried, we respond as your schedule requires and we take the time to be sure that the dig will be safe.
I trust I can assist you with a successful year, Donald Hagen