Jefferson City, Mo. — Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the results of enforcement in 2016 of the Missouri Underground Facility Safety and Damage Prevention Act, also known as the Missouri One Call Law. That law requires all excavators to call a notification center, Missouri One Call System, Inc., before digging anywhere in the state. The law then requires all owners of underground pipelines and infrastructure in the excavation area to mark their facilities within two working days.
The Attorney General’s Office is tasked with enforcing this law, which protects the general public, workers’ safety, and the state’s buried infrastructure. The office’s enforcement approach prioritizes education and deterrence, in order to maximize safety benefits and to avoid future violations. To resolve violations, the office generally requires violators to pay a civil penalty and attend training provided by Missouri One Call System, Inc. In 2016, the Attorney General’s Office:
- Received and investigated 140 complaints of violations of the Missouri One Call Law
- Entered 114 settlement agreements with companies that committed violations
- Filed 17 new court cases and obtained 28 court judgments, the majority of which by consent. Some of these cases were referred in prior years.
- Secured $82,500 in penalties
Always remember to call before you dig. Call either 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE, or submit an online ticket at mo1call.com.