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Re: OT---Call Before You Dig!!

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05-01-2014 10:42:02

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I hit a major underground phone cable with a farm tractor and a moldboard plow. It was only 8" deep in the middle of one of my fields and was not marked. And no - I called no one before I dug. I did not know it was there. Verizon came up and spent a day fixing it along with a backhoe and team of four people. It was a major line. They later billed me for $4700 which I refused to pay. They said I was liable since I did not call before I dug and I should have my home insurance company pay for it. Called my insurance company and their adjuster came up and said they were going to pay. I got ticked and told them NO I don't want them paying because that makes me look responsible. Ends up after doing some research - I found out I was NOT responsible. They cannot hold a person liable who hits an underground line on their own land with farm equipment. An outside contractor with a backhoe - yes. It was all there in writing. The insurance adjuster thanked me and said he'd learned something new. The Verizon people acted like a bunch of militant thugs but did not get their way.

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05-01-2014 12:57:32

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 Re: OT---Call Before You Dig!! in reply to jdemaris, 05-01-2014 10:42:02  
We've had that happen too. LOL. THEY are expected entirely to have their equipment buried below the plow layer. I don't know what would happen in the case of a tile plow... but certainly a moldboard plow... it needs to be buried well below that level. We just waved at them while they strung the new wire on the poles..


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05-01-2014 12:13:01

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 Re: OT---Call Before You Dig!! in reply to jdemaris, 05-01-2014 10:42:02  
Amazing! Who would expect a phone line in the middle of a field?
Guess they expected you to be clarvoyant!

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05-01-2014 15:31:54

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 Re: OT---Call Before You Dig!! in reply to Jerry/MT, 05-01-2014 12:13:01  
I have one buried about 50 yards out in one of my fields too. No reason for it to be out there, but it is. According to the lines they painted when some culverts were replaced, anyway. I figure it's their tough luck if I hit it with any normal farming operation...

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