Excavator News April 2021

The beginning of the busiest season of the year for excavators is underway. As the weather warms up and more digging projects begin, we have a few announcements and reminders to share:

  • Kentucky 811 does NOT locate utilities. We transmit the ticket to utility owners who mark their own facilities.
  • Our member utilities don’t locate private service lines. As the excavator, it is your responsibility to speak with the property owner or hire a private locating company to locate them.
  • Please refrain from submitting tickets for more work than your crews can complete within 21 days. When contractors only request the marks for excavation they can start within the 21 days, it makes it easier for the locators to get to everyone’s jobs during an already busy season.
  • Be sure to visit your proposed dig site and properly white line or stake the site PRIOR to submitting your ticket. This helps locate technicians more efficiently mark your proposed dig site and keep the damage prevention process moving smoothly for all stakeholders.
  • Please do everything you can to help preserve marks. There have been instances where excavators will submit a ticket, then subsequently submit multiple refresh tickets every 2-4 days after their dozer, excavator, or backhoe operator either runs or dozes over flags and paint. This backlogs the damage prevention system and makes it run less efficiently for everyone.

As you may have heard, the Kentucky law concerning excavating and underground utility damage prevention has been changed. The 2021 Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 303 which makes several important amendments to KRS 367.4901 – 367.4917 that will affect all utility operators and all excavators. The changes take effect on January 1, 2022. Kentucky 811 will be hosting town hall meetings in the fall to review the changes. More information on the town hall meetings will be posted on www.kentucky811.org during the summer.

For more information on House Bill 303 visit: legislature.ky.gov. If you would like to schedule a training class for your company with the Kentucky 811 Education and Outreach team email your request to tvaughn@usa811.org.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811’s “I Dig Summer” contest is back again this year! This summer, excavators who submit their utility locate requests through Exactix, our new online ticketing platform will have the chance to win cash prizes. Keep an eye out for more information, coming soon.

If you haven’t already, be sure to create your Exactix account now. It’s fast, easy and free!