Mock Line Strike Visits Greer to Educate Importance of Utility Safety

Utility operators, contractors, emergency responders and public officials are invited to a unique pipeline safety event Tuesday, October 30th. The mock line strike, hosted by South Carolina 811, Greer CPW and Enertech LLC will demonstrate a natural gas line being hit and how to respond to the situation. More than 400 utility members are expected for both the classroom and mock line strike demonstration to learn more about properly locating underground utilities through SC811. “Mock line strikes are extremely beneficial for all first responders, contractors and utility operators simply because they can observe how dangerous hitting a gas line can be in a controlled setting.” said Kaziah Howard, SC811 Public Awareness Manager. “This is the first time we’ve brought this program to the Upstate and hope to reach even more people with our message.”

The event is free to attend however it is not open to the public. General contractors,
excavators, utility company representatives, emergency responders are encouraged to
attend. Lunch, which is sponsored by Tracer Electronics will also be included.
Additional sponsors for the event include: SCE&G, Dixie Pipeline, Dominion Energy,
Piedmont Natural Gas, Plains All American Pipeline, UtiliQuest, USIC, Horry Telephone
Co-Op, Spirit Communications, Berkeley Electric Co-Op, and Fort Hill Natural Gas

WHO: Mock Line Strike
WHERE: Greer CPW, 100 Duke Street, Greer SC 29650
WHEN: Tuesday October 30th, 2018
TIME: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

The mock line strike will hit home the importance of using SC811 to have underground
utility lines marked before putting a shovel or piece of equipment in the ground. When
calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to SC811, the local one call
center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional
locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of
underground lines with flags, paint or both.

Every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to
dig without calling 811 first. Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and
inconvenient outages.

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