Spring 1999 NOC contact drill

tech@ebiznet.com wrote:

Some organization needs to figure out how to have these vehicles
or machines NOT cut fibre. Geeze it's not like these people have
never seen a "Call xxxxx before digging" sign before. Who makes
sure these companies know where not to DIG or DRILL or BORE???
What's their professional certification organization? (union?)

Believe it or not fibre cuts are not always the fault of the people operating
the machines or the operator's bosses. They'll call (as the sign indicates), a
telco tech will come out and point to the place on the ground where it is "safe"
to dig (after consulting his/her trusty docs), and then 20 minutes later
**CRUNCH**. "Oops - I guess my docs are off my 10-20 meters". It happens. I'd
bet a significant number of cuts are because of this.


Maybe we could get them to run the fibers alongside gas pipes. Then
again, maybe that won't stop the evil backhoe either:



In congested areas sometimes it does not even take that much. When you are
dealing with boring machines it can get even harder. A good contractor
will dig by hand in areas that are congested, but...

Or better yet the genius doesn't know how to calibrate read or use in any
way shape or form a transit. (and is only becoming semi confident
that s/he will not get marking orange/yellow all over their hands...