The number one issue for most excavators is the PA One Call Law. The law touches your business every day you work in the field.
We have the most experience in this area to help you with training, PUC compliance education, insight of the law, damage investigation and documentation best practices, understanding the complex project process, and of course reporting an alleged violation (AVR). We are here when you need us most, but we also believe knowledge leads to prevention and safe practices.
NUCA PA has held a board seat on the PA One Call System's Board of Directors for nearly 22 years. Armando Ferri is the current seated excavator. Prior positions were held by Tim Greenland and Glenn Johnston (each serving for ten years).
In 2018, the PUC took over the enforcement of the PUC, which included three excavator representatives. NUCA PA excavator members, Jim Dacey and Armando Ferri hold two seats. NUCA PA is there for excavators when you need us the most!
PUC Certified One Call Training
Legal Review Service
Complex Project Training & Resources
One Call Issues
WE'RE SPEAKING UP FOR YOU ON ONE CALL ISSUES
Filed PUC Petition on Marking of Service Laterals
Standby Time - supported Supreme Court Lawsuit, drafted legislation and championed passage
Advocated for "fair" enforcement
Advocated for stakeholder representation on PUC Damage Prevention Committee - currently hold two excavator seats
Insight on 811 law - billing issues, documentation practices, "hit" issues, etc.
Education for DPC Compliance Ordered training
Gold Shovel Standard - Pay to Play Certification push by PA1Call
And so much more...
Excavator Lessons Learned
1) Never Dig on someone else's Dig Ticket #
2) Every excavator on the job site should have their own One Call Reference (ticket) number - this may protect you from liability if you are found innocent of any violations (CGA Best Practice & PA Law)
3) Look for visible signs of facilities in the area (walk-around) before excavating - call 811 for re-notify request - wait 3 hours before proceeding with due care, unless contacted by facility owner within the 3-hour window.
4) Call 811 immediately to report facility damage.
5) If gas is leaking, call 911 immediately, You cannot allow the Facility Owner or anyone else to make the call. The 911 center recorded message will be your evidence at a hearing.
6) Excavators must call Facility Owner to verify mis-marks, otherwise, the Facility Owner will use it as a defense that they have no evidence that there was a mis-marked line.
7) Just to make you aware, most gas lines have excess flow mechanisms to reduce gas pressure when a line releases gas. Even though you may not see gas or hear gas, the Facility Owner will use this as a defense at a hearing. The excess flow mechanism makes a loud "pop" that should be heard by anyone nearby. Call 911 to avoid a fine.