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Dig Safe Law Amendments in 2017

Significant Provisions - Link to Legislation

Provision Eliminated: (a) Except as provided in § 39-1.2-9, any person, public agency, or public utility 30 responsible for excavating within one hundred feet (100') or for discharging explosives within one hundred feet (100') of a public utility facility shall notify the association of the proposed excavation or discharge at least seventy-two (72) hours, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, but not more than thirty (30) days before commencing the excavation or discharge of explosives. Actual excavation must thereupon commence within thirty (30) days and be completed within sixty (60) days, including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, or the excavator must renotify the association. Each public utility shall, upon receipt of each notice of excavation, mark within seventy-two (72) hours or, where applicable in accordance with § 39-1.2-12, re-mark within forty-eight (48) hours, the location of all underground facilities

Includes a requirement to "call 911 if the damage presents an immediate danger to life and health of employees or pedestrians in the surrounding area. In the event of an immediate danger to life and health occurrence, the area shall be evacuated until proper emergency services arrive."

Dig Safe Laws were amended in Rhode Island in 2014

Two provisions were changed, §39-1.2-5.  Notice of excavation and §39-1.2-11. Damage--Notice to public utility

The changes require excavators to provide the Dig Safe association with more specific information, such as the nearest numbered building address, when describing or defining the excavation/worksite location.

The changes include the requirement that the Division be notified when underground facilities of a public utility or any pipe, cable or its protective coating have been damaged.  Similar reporting requirements exist in Massachusetts.

Finally, removing the reference to “telephone” simply allows for the association to be contacted by whatever electronic means is appropriate. The reference to “telephone” communications is  obsolete  since a large volume of “Dig Safe tickets” are now obtained through e-mails.

(Link to the New Provisions)


Dig Safe Laws incorporated significant changes that were effective November 1, 2009

Changes include marking, notice and penalty provisions. (link to the legislation with changes)

Link to RIGL 39-1.2 "Excavation Near Underground Utility Facilities"


If you are planning an excavation project, call Dig Safe at 811 or visit www.digsafe.com.



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