Protect Your Family.
Protect Your Land.
Hitting a pipeline or underground utility line can impact your family for generations.
Don’t take your chances when working near underground pipelines and utilities.
Farming accidents involving pipelines and utilities occur nearly 3 times every day.
Keep safety top of mind by always contacting 811 and verifying the location and depth of underground pipelines and utilities before starting work. It’s FREE, easy, quick and can save your life.
Four Steps To
Near Pipelines and Underground Utilities
- Contact or Click 811 Before Agricultural Excavation Activities
- Wait for Operators to Mark Lines in your Area
- Dig with Hand-Digging or Vacuum-Digging Tools near the Line & backfill properly
- Notify Operator of Damage; Call 911 for Emergencies
Protect Your Land.
Protect Your Legacy.
Pipelines can be located 12 inches or less below the surface and depth can change over time due to erosion, land use, subsoil activities, land contouring and other factors.
Don’t assume the location or depth of underground lines. Protect your land and your legacy by always contacting 811 to have lines marked.
Keep Safety Top Of Mind
- Always contact 811
- Ask for a planning ticket to discuss your project
- Wait until lines are marked to start work
- Move dirt with care
- Notify operator if you dent, scrape or hit a line
In April 2012, a company in Iowa failed to contact 811 and have pipelines located before starting a drain tile installation project. Their tile plow hit and ruptured a 24-inch natural gas pipeline, and barely missed another 16-inch line nearby. The damage to the 24-inch pipeline caused a massive explosion and fire (including a 300-foot-high fireball), injuring two employees who were hospitalized, and creating a large crater approximately 100 feet long, 35 feet wide and 30 feet deep.
The fire scorched approximately 80 acres. The company’s tiling plow and bulldozer were destroyed, along with a high-voltage power line. The pipeline incurred substantial damage and the company that hit the line paid a $20,000 civil penalty and was sued for damages. Two workers were injured but luckily recovered.
A dairy farmer in Kentucky hit a natural gas pipeline with a backhoe while clearing land near the edge of his property. He thought he knew the location of the pipeline and did not remember it being near the location he was clearing, so he did not contact 811 to have the pipelines marked.
After his backhoe struck the natural gas pipeline, he called 911 and the gas company. The gas company shut off the gas and started repairs. No one was injured in the accident, but damage to the gas line disrupted gas service to the entire community for most of a holiday weekend while the pipeline operator repaired and restored service to the line.
On the morning of December 5, 2017, two owners and two employees of a farm were installing drainage tile on property that the company had leased for many years in Dixon, Illinois. After completing approximately 400 feet of tile installation, the tiling plow became lodged on an underground object. In order to free the lodged plow, the farmers hooked up a second tractor in front of the first one.
At 10:09 a.m., the two tractors ruptured a 20-inch, high-pressure natural gas pipeline. The escaping natural gas ignited almost immediately, tragically killing the two owners, severely injuring one employee and minimally injuring the other employee. Unfortunately, no one had contacted 811 to have lines marked prior to the installation project.
A 62-year old farmer had recently moved to a new area in Kentucky and was in the process of acquiring land for farming. The land was overgrown with weeds and brush measuring approximately five feet high. He started to clear the land with a tractor and rotary mower. Tragically, the tractor struck an aboveground gas line and the farmer was killed.
Although the incident was not witnessed, apparently, the deceased was likely on his third pass and was near a roadway when the front of the tractor struck the aboveground gas pipeline. The 6-inch diameter steel pipe was punctured, allowing natural gas to escape, causing an explosion that caught the tractor on fire and sent flames 40-50 feet in the air. When the firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire had destroyed the tractor and burned a 40-foot circle around it.
Take The 811 Pledge
Join the Movement by Taking the Pledge. Hitting a pipeline can impact your family for generations.
Don’t take that chance! Contacting 811 is fast, easy and FREE!
I Pledge To:
- Always contact 811 and wait for lines to be marked before starting any agricultural excavation projects. No exceptions.
- Stop work on any agricultural excavation project if you do not see temporary pipeline and utility markings.
- Become an advocate for the cause. To lead by example and spread the message to friends and family.