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Call 811 Before You Dig

Ohio: 800-362-2764
Indiana: 800-382-5544
Kentucky: 800-752-6007
N. Carolina: 800-632-4949
S. Carolina: 888-721-7877

Carolinas: 800-769-3766
Indiana: 800-343-3525
Kentucky/Ohio: 800-634-4300


Utility contacts can be costly – and deadly. Implementing the simple steps outlined below can help you and your crew work safely around electric and natural gas utilities.

Look Up and Live

  • Examine the site for overhead lines, especially those that may be blocked from view.
  • Mark a safety boundary to keep workers and equipment a safe distance from power lines. Consult Duke Energy or www.osha.gov for specific clearance requirements.
  • Use a spotter whose only job is to watch your equipment and make sure you maintain the mandatory clearances.
  • Carry long equipment parallel to the ground until you’re ready to use it. Always stay the required distance away from power lines.

Dig Safely

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