South Carolina's laws regarding underground utility damage prevention were passed in 1978. It's 2010, and these laws are way behind the times, forcing yours truly and representatives from other construction general contractors to spearhead an effort to get these laws updated.
Last year's Senate Bill 1068 was followed by an effort to develop a consensus bill which would incorporate input from various stakeholder groups, guided by the best practices advocated by the national Common Ground Alliance.
In addition to the lack of oversight of underground utilities is the reality that if you call the 811 Call-Before-You-Dig number, some utilities will not be notified and others may not respond, leaving you to take a chance everytime you dig. These are issues which Senate leadership directed the stakeholders to resolve, and to do so early this year.
If you want to read more about this lurking danger, there's more. You can also follow these reform efforts via Facebook as well as on Twitter. We encourage you to sign up for both and keep informed.
The first of two scheduled meetings took place Friday at the Gressette Senate office building, with another round tentatively scheduled Monday, depending on the weather.
This issue is pretty important. So please stay tuned and we'll let you know how it's going.