Colorado law requires in most cases that you must call to have underground facilities located before you begin an excavation or demolition – before you begin digging. This is to avoid damage to pipelines and other underground facilities and to protect the safety of you and others. Call before you dig, it’s required by law. Dial 811 to contact the one-call center. The call is free and there is no cost to you for the service. Remember, Call 811 before you dig. More...
Excavation damage to pipelines can result in deaths and injuries, as well as property and environmental damage. PHMSA has created data reports related to excavation damage to pipelines.
Mapping Pipeline Incidents Caused by Excavation Damage
Click here to see a map depicting the locations of excavation damage incidents affecting pipelines in Colorado. (Mapped data does not include gas distribution pipeline incidents.)
Colorado Damage Prevention Program Characterization
Based on information provided by damage prevention stakeholders in each state, PHMSA has characterized State damage prevention programs relative to nine elements of effective damage prevention programs. This can help stakeholders better understand the successes of and challenges to the State’s damage prevention program, where the program may need improvement, and where PHMSA can focus further assistance. More information is available regarding PHMSA’s State Damage Prevention Program Characterization (SDPPC) initiative.
Following is the characterization of Colorado’s damage prevention program.
|Colorado State Damage Prevention Program Characterization||Effective Damage Prevention Program Element|
|Element 1 - Enhanced Communication between Operators and Excavators|
|Element 2 – Fostering Support and Partnership of all Stakeholders|
|Element 3 – Operator’s Use of Performance Measures for Locators|
|Element 4 – Partnership in Employee Training|
|Element 5 – Partnership in Public Education|
|Element 6 – Enforcement Agencies’ Role to Help Resolve Issues|
|Element 7 – Fair and Consistent Enforcement of the Law|
|Element 8 – Use of Technology to Improve the Locating Process|
|Element 9 – Data Analysis to Continually Improve Program Effectiveness|
|Program element implemented|
|Element partially implemented/marginally effective program element needs improvement; no actions underway/planned for improvement|
|Program element is not implemented and needs to be addressed|
|No information available or not applicable|
State Damage Prevention Law Summary
PHMSA has created a summary of damage prevention laws, relative to specific characteristics such as requirements applicable to excavators and utility operators. You may view or download the summary for all states.
PHMSA awards grants to fund improvements in state damage prevention programs. The purpose of the grants is to improve existing state damage prevention programs, and to establish comprehensive state damage prevention programs in states that do not currently have such programs. States are encouraged to implement the nine elements of effective damage prevention programs. Click here to see damage prevention grants awarded to Colorado.
More information is available regarding PHMSA’s grants programs.
Common Ground Alliance Regional Partner Program
The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) serves as a forum for stakeholders at the national and local levels to discuss best practices damage prevention. In the spirit of shared responsibility, the CGA partners with local damage prevention organizations in communities throughout North America. These groups have invaluable knowledge and experience and continue to make great strides in preventing excavation damage to pipelines and other underground infrastructure. More…