Re: OMG No doubt the astroturf lot will emerge with something like "too much fibre causes deadly gas".
The contractor may be negligent, the gas line may not have been installed originally years ago in the correct position, the marking company might have made an error in marking the position of the pipe, the odour of gas was detected at the bar before the evacuation and explosion. So many possibilities, but the certainty is that this will become yet another lawsuit.
Re: depth if its like typical places that get cold and snow, it has to be below the frost line(all utils and pipes do), which is usually 6-8 feet down, but the broadband lines can usually get away with 3-4 feet down, so what were they doing digging that deep? I am betting that an investigation will reveal all sorts of negligent parties for not following the correct procedure. The should have been no where near those gas lines in the first place, and when they found them, they should have shut down everything, called in a line marker, and investigated for leaks in the area immediately. There were lots of things that should have been done that were simply not done. The subcontracter will be liable for all damages tho, because they are the originators of the entire issue. The city could be included, and maybe the restaurant that did not evacuate staff and customers(at least for their injuries only, no more pain and suffering bullshit). I hope that the process for the victims is made easy, and they choose not to go class action. class action lawsuits have lost their purpose. Bury the subcontractor in small to large claims.
Re: This happened quite a bit in Overland Park Area
said by mrjoshuaw:Around here with Ameren if you are even working near a high pressure gas line, you have to call them ahead of time so they can have a response crew on standby.
Not to my knowledge, we used a vibrating plow, but normally the gas line is a heck of a lot deeper then the 8-12 inches that we would put the conduit in for residential locations. But then again we didn't do that around where the gas line came up on the house. But if we were crossing ANY utilities we always hand dug (pot holed) the conduit in at that point.
Re: This could be any utility line
said by Ohstop :This is a problem waiting for a techology solution... anything from microchips to radioactivty markers/tracers to create a process of detection and mapping for gas lines. Over 40 years of laying gas lines and nobody's figured it out yet..
This could happen with any sort of utility. Coaxial cable, twisted pair copper, heck even additional GAS LINES could cause an explosion if the company doing the digging doesn't get a proper mark out done before digging. This could also easily apply to people planting new trees or bushed, towns installing new curbs or sidewalks, even pothole repair.