If your equipment makes contact with the utility line, stop your excavation and contact the utility company immediately. This includes if you nick, dent, gouge, cut, scrape, or scratch the pipeline coating. Contacting the utility allows the utility company the opportunity to investigate.
Don’t assume that damage can occur only at the point of contact. A utility facility that is pulled or bumped could break at a location away from the actual excavation site. Failure to notify the utility owner of these occurrences could result in future corrosion and/or failure. (Public Act 53, Section 12)