Digging Dangers 33 Overview (2022 Accidents):
"Some argue that cities represent the last frontier for damage prevention." In "A Tale of Four Cities" we cover four digging accidents that all derive from city-involved projects in 2022.
Incidents in Volume 33:
March 10th, Lubbock TX: Fire fighters put out the blaze of a house explosion caused by city crews working on a sewer repair striking a 2-in gas line an hour earlier.
Sept. 2, St. Louis MO: A city contractor installing new conduit for streetlights in the downtown area outside City Park soccer stadium struck two existing electric conduits in the process.
Aug. 2, McKeesport PA: Subcontractors installing a handicapped ramp on a YWCA building struck a gas line with a backhoe, causing an explosion, injuring themselves, damaging the building. Neither subcontractors or contractor had called 811.
Mar. 1st, O'Fallon MO: Subcontractors struck a gas line when installing new fiber optic cable in a residential area. Residents were evacuated, but an explosion soon occurred destroying a home and damaging several neighboring homes. Another accident was caused by the same contractor in O'Fallon only two weeks prior.