Alabama Construction News

JUL-SEP 2018

Alabama Construction News is the states only bimonthly magazine dedicated to the commercial construction industry.

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Here are a few very important things you should know about underground power lines and how to work safely around them. More and more power lines are being buried underground. This poses a considerable threat for both construction workers and do‑it‑yourself homeowners. Even if you're undertaking a seemingly harmless job, such as digging a hole for a new fence, the risks are still there. You've probably heard the "Call before you dig" mantra many times. But take it to heart, nothing good happens when a shovel plunges into a live power line. The number to call is easy to remember: 811. Call at least 48 hours in advance of your project, and the representative will notify Alabama 811 member utilities. Soon after utilities are notified, various technicians will come out and put spray paint in the places where there are lines. Please take this simple step before digging. It's easy. And it's free. You'll save a lot of headaches—and maybe even your life. Color codes for marking underground utility lines Proposed excavation White Pink Red Yellow Orange Blue Purple Green Temporary survey markings Electric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables Gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials Communications, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit Potable water Reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines Sewers and drain lines Before you dig: Dial 811 In an emergency, call: 1-800-888-APCO (2726) Barron Jefferson – Lineman, Power Delivery ELECTRICAL SAFETY STARTS WITH THE RIGHT CALL For more electrical safety tips, visit © 2018 Alabama Power Company

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