SECTION 1.Section 40 of chapter 82 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is amended by—
(a) inserting after the fifth sentence the following sentences:-
“‘Marking standards’, the methods by which a company designates its facilities in accordance with standards established by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) and the American Public Works Association.
‘Non-mechanical means’, shall mean excavation using any device or tool manipulated by human power, including air vacuum, air blowing or similar methods of excavation designed to minimize direct contact with utilities.”; and
(b)inserting after the word “cable television company, and”, in lines 4-5, the following words:- “municipal departments responsible for street lights or traffic signals,”.
SECTION 2.Section 40B of said chapter, as so appearing, is amended by adding the following sentences:-
“At a minimum, all markings shall indicate, where practicable, the width if it is greater than 2 inches, the material of the underground facility, the existence of multiple ducts, as well as any change in direction and any terminus points of the facility. In circumstances where the total number of lines buried in the same trench may not be readily known, a corridor marker may be used.
A company shall conduct periodic audits to ensure the accuracy of the locating and marking of facilities as well as its adherence to marking standards.”.
SECTION 3.Section 40E of said chapter, as so appearing, is amended by adding the following sentences:-
“The department of public utilities may require any person or company who does not comply with the provisions of sections 40A to 40E to complete a ‘Dig Safe’ training program in lieu of a fine for a first offense. The penalties provided for in this section shall not apply to an excavator who damages an underground facility due to the failure of the company to comply with the provisions of section 40A to 40E.”.
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