High-Priority & High-Profile Installations

What is a HIGH-PRIORITY subsurface installation?

High priority subsurface installations are underground transmission or distribution pipelines used to transport any gas, refined petroleum product or hazardous/highly volatile liquid such as anhydrous ammonia or carbon dioxide, if the facility is deemed to be critical by the operator of the pipeline and is identified as a high priority subsurface installation.

How do I designate my line as high-priority?

Assign the positive response code "2C Marked with Exceptions – High-priority subsurface installation in conflict. Excavator MUST notify the member of the excavation or demolition start date and time." 

Procedures

  1. Member determines if an excavation or demolition is within 15 feet of an HPSI. If it is, the member must locate and mark its line.
  2. Member enters positive response code “2C Marked with Exceptions – High priority subsurface installation in conflict.  
  3. Excavator contacts the member with the start date and time for the excavation or demolition. See s.556.116(1) and (2), F.S.

High Priority Subsurface Installation Damage Incident

When a damage to an HPSI occurs, the following procedure is followed:

  1. Utility completes and submits an HPSI Incident Report and Commitment Form to Sunshine 811 within 24 hours after learning of an HPSI and at least one of the following conditions is met:
    • The proximate cause of the damage was a violation of s.556.107(1)(a), F.S, AND
    • The damage results in death or serious bodily injury requiring inpatient hospitalization, or
    • Property damage in excess of $50,000, or service interruption to a minimum of 2,500 customers.
  2. Sunshine 811 notifies the Division of Administrative Hearings and contracts to conduct a hearing. The hearing determines if a violation has occurred and if a violation of s.556.107(1)(a), F.S., was a proximate cause of the incident.
  3. Within five days of receiving the petition, DOAH will assign the case to an administrative law judge. The hearing will be held in the county where the infraction occurred. The hearing process moves quickly. Details are set forth in s.556.116(4) and (5), F.S.
  4. The administrative law judge issues the final order within 30 days of the final hearing or transcript filing, whichever is later. Fines can be up to $50,000, but not more than $10,000 if a state agency or political subdivision (i.e. city) caused the incident.

What is a HIGH-PROFILE installation? 

Members with fiber, high-voltage or other critical service can give their lines the high-profile designation by using one of the following positive response codes:

  • 2A Marked with Exceptions – High profile utility in conflict; utility owner will attempt to contact you to schedule site surveillance
    An underground facility that delivers services to a large number of people or that could cause major problems if hit (i.e. fiber optic line, gas line, etc.) is within your excavation site. While the locate technician has marked the approximate horizontal location of the facility, the utility or its locate technician want to be present during any excavation near that facility. The utility will attempt to contact the excavator to determine when excavation will take place.
  • 3D Unmarked – High profile utility in conflict; utility owner will attempt to contact you to schedule site surveillance. 
    Excavation site is unmarked. An underground facility that delivers services to a large number of people or that could cause major problems if hit (i.e. fiber optic, gas or electric line, etc.) is located near your excavation site. The utility or locate technician want to be present during any excavation near that facility and will mark as necessary. The owner will contact the excavator to determine when excavation will take place.