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Who is Responsible for a Private Buried Facility Damage?

Every time we give a presentation about the differences between public and private locates, someone never fails to ask the question: “If I hire a private locator, who is responsible for a damage if a privately-owned buried facility was missed during the private locate?”. So, we figured once and for all, we would set the record straight. There are three players involved in the private locate process that are critical to ensuring that all buried private facilities are marked on private property prior to excavation. These include the Private Landowner, Excavator, and Private Locate Contractor also known as the Private Locator. When damages occur, the liability can lie with one or many of these

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