§ 25-9-9. Degree of accuracy required in utility facility location information; effect of inaccurate information on liability of blaster or excavator; liability of facility owners for losses resulting from lack of accurate information.

CODE OF GEORGIA

Title 25. FIRE PROTECTION AND SAFETY

Chapter 9. BLASTING OR EXCAVATING NEAR UNDERGROUND GAS PIPES AND UTILITY FACILITIES

Current through 2019 Chapter 321

§ 25-9-9. Degree of accuracy required in utility facility location information; effect of inaccurate information on liability of blaster or excavator; liability of facility owners for losses resulting from lack of accurate information

 (a) For the purposes of this chapter, the location of utility facilities which is provided by a facility owner or operator in accordance with subsection (a) of Code Section 25-9-7 to any person must be accurate to within 18 inches measured horizontally from the outer edge of either side of such utility facilities. If any utility facility becomes damaged by an excavator due to the furnishing of inaccurate information as to its location by the facility owner or operator, such excavator shall not be subject to any liability resulting from damage to the utility facility as a result of the blasting or excavating, provided that such person complies with the requirements of Code Section 25-9-8 and there is no visible and obvious evidence to the excavator of the presence of a mismarked utility facility.
 (b) Upon documented evidence that the person seeking information as to the location of utility facilities has incurred losses or expenses due to inaccurate information, lack of information, or unreasonable delays in supplying information by the facility owners or operators, the facility owners or operators shall be liable to that person for any such losses or expenses.

Cite as OCGA § 25-9-9

History. Amended by 2014 Ga. Laws 610, §6, eff. 7/1/2014.

Amended by 2005 Ga. Laws 362, §8, eff. 7/1/2005.