Susan Harmon

Risk Mitigation Practices for HDD Crews

Choosing to be a responsible driller by having proper procedures and – equally important – choosing to follow those procedures, is up to owners and operators. To help mitigate the risks of damaging an underground utility, procedures must include the following best practices, at a minimum. Plan the bore. Planning the work is critical and …

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Critical Steps To Helping Crews Stay Safe On HDD Jobs

As underground networks continue to grow, the risk of striking an underground utility line is ever more present. In 2016, below-surface utilities in the U.S. and Canada were damaged 317,869 times, according to the Common Ground Alliance DIRT report (commongrounda-lliance.com/dirt-2016-interactive-report). Utility strikes are avoidable. It’s imperative that horizontal directional drilling (HDD) contractors and operators follow …

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