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Before You Dig

Planting a tree? Installing a fence or pool? Be sure to CALL OKIE (in Oklahoma) or Texas811 (in Texas) before you dig. State Law requires excavators to call 48 hours prior to excavation.

CALL OKIE and Texas811 services are FREE to the excavator and are simple and easy to use.

CALL OKIE and Texas811 are valuable tools for preventing damages to public services. They are communication links between the excavators and operators of underground facilities. CALL OKIE and Texas811 are safety and damage prevention programs designed to promote public awareness and to eliminate potential hazards posed to excavators, general public, vital underground facilities and the environment, whenever excavation is done.

Excavation damage can cause injury, loss of life and environmental harm. It also causes interruptions to vital services and can involve tremendous repair costs. So please, dig safely and follow these steps:

  • CALL BEFORE YOU DIG
    • Oklahoma: Dial 811 or 1-800-522-OKIE
    • Texas: Dial 811 or visit texas811.org
  • WAIT THE REQUIRED TIME FOR MARKING
    48 hours before you dig
  • RESPECT THE MARKS
  • DIG WITH CARE

Every day contractors, plumbers, landscapers and homeowners are involved in some type of excavation. Since most facilities in Oklahoma and Texas are located underground, excavation activity always carries disaster potential. Prior notification of excavation and location of underground facilities are required by law, and those who choose to ignore requirements for damage prevention are breaking the law.

Most projects are completed on schedule without any site incidents; however, some excavation projects result in substantial damage to property, injury and even death.

  • Calculated costs of injuries could involve medical treatments plus lost wages
  • Interrupted services and cut cables cannot transmit signals to 911 emergency centers and in-home medical equipment
  • Project delays and construction downtime idles crews and wages
  • Environmental and property damage costs will vary depending on the property around the accident site
  • Legal problems can arise from damage to property and/or injury and could include lawyer fees, punitive damages and court cost
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