OHS Code States You Are Responsible
The Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code says you must call Alberta One-Call to mark underground utilities in your work area.
Alberta One-Call : 1-800-242-3447 or click for alberta1call.com
You must call before you begin work
- It is a free service (although for private/secondary installed utilities, there may be a fee).
- Markings are valid for 14 days.
- Call at least two working days ahead.
- Give more notice during long weekends and holidays.
You can face big costs for hitting a line
- Seriously hurting yourself or another worker.
- Causing a fatality.
- Losing work time.
- Paying expensive repair costs.
- Causing a loss of natural gas service to other members of the co-op.
After a call, DIG SAFELY
Natural gas markings are yellow
- The direction the natural gas line runs.
- The approximate location of the line.
They do not show:
- The depth of the line - which can be just a few inches from the surface as soil is graded or erodes.
Natural gas lines stand no chance against excavation equipment. They will be punctured easily.
- Keep a one metre (3 feet) safety clearance on either side of the outside of the locate marks.
- This is the hand expose zone - absolutely no machines.
- If you are excavating in this zone, you must use a shovel or hydrovac to carefully expose the natural gas line.
- You must be able to see the line - to verify its location - before continuing the job.
When working around Natural Gas, Safety should always be your first priority.
Take immediate action if you Hit a Gas Line
You must call immediately, even if you do not smell gas or hear it escaping.
If you hit a gas line, call Central Peace's emergency line 24 hours a day at 780-864-3873, or 911
Do not try to repair the line yourself!
- Keep people away from the area.
- Cordon off the site.
- Do not attempt to pinch off the line or stop the flow of gas.
- Shut off all equipment and vehicles.
- Do not use cell phones in the area.
- Put out any cigarettes or open flames.
- Allow gas to vent into the air.
The two most important steps to remember:
- You must "Click Before You Dig" prior to beginning ground disturbance work. Alberta One-Call will notify a Central Peace Natural Gas representative who will come to your worksite and identify all natural gas lines in your work area. Contact 1-800-242-3447 or albertaonecall.com
2. Hand expose the natural gas line. You must carefully hand expose the natural gas line if you are disturbing the ground within one metre (3 feet 3 inches) of the outside edges of the locate markings.
Note: Hydrovacing is an acceptable method of hand exposing.