Outside Force Damage

Is damage to an underground facility, such as a pipeline, resulting from some external force acting on the facility. Outside force damage to a pipeline or its protective coating is most often associated with damage from excavation activities around the buried pipe as a result of excavation equipment hitting the pipe, or from agricultural practices such as deep plowing or drainage tile installation. Outside force damage can usually be prevented by calling the one-call center before digging, waiting for the underground facility location to be marked, and excavating carefully while respecting the locate marks.