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Late Locates - Article and Survey

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Click here for an anonymous article (from the ORCGA magazine) by a health & safety manager for a utility contractor. This article lists “troubling” issues that contractors deal with on a daily basis, including:

  • late locates of 2-4 weeks plus
  • incomplete locates
  • expiration of locates by the time all the locates are done
  • issues with mark preservation and refresh of paint and flags
  • inaccurate locates and the resultant claims from damages (including liability), plus the perception of regulators when there are damages.

Late locates, through Ontario’s One Call service, have been a common occurrence on construction sites. The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) is attempting to ascertain what the situation is during COVID. Now that a fuller reopening of construction projects has been given the green light by the Province of Ontario, they are also interested in the experience of general contractors. They particularly want to hear “worst cases” or examples across the province where locates from utility companies have taken several weeks, rather than the mandated five business days.

Please see the attached survey and complete it, so that they can compile the data from the contractor community on a timely basis. Should there be any questions, or if you complete the survey, please send it to Andy Manahan - Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario


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