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Call before you dig!

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by Cableguy, May 25, 2007.

  1. Cableguy

    Cableguy New Member 1000 Posts

    In this day and age CableTV is not just TV anymore. There is Fibre optics and Coax in ground. In the day when I started there was 36 channels and no 2way capabilities. Now there is Internet, Lan line phone, Digital cable, HDTV, Lottery corporation, Business solutions, Direct debit, and many others riding on our fibre back bone. Rogers has 1 of North Americas largest fibre sonet rings ever to be produced. So why is it so difficult to Call before you dig!
    Below is a series of events leading up to a break I was called to. Now I have to submitt a huge damage claim report because people still say "Oh its just Cable" Which in turn took down about 15000 people not to mention businesses.

    Hi my name is Mr High Hoe operator

    I'm gonna dig a big hole for no apparent reason

    Thats intestesting are those overhead wires coming down the pole...nah! Couldn't be.

    Oh my, look what I've gone and done...My Bad!

    Oh looks like its a 312 count fibre optics cable. Gee that looks big.

    Gee I hope my boss has really good insurance.

    Jamie had nothing better to do anyway...
  2. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr New Member 1000 Posts

    Would you stop your B*tching already....sheesh

    You're right, it's a good idea to call first. That operator is lucky it wasn't a gas line that he ruptured instead,
  3. Cableguy

    Cableguy New Member 1000 Posts

    There is a 6" gas main 2' from where our break is...
  4. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr New Member 1000 Posts

    Isn't that special then...
  5. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member Platinum Contributor 1000 Posts

    Think of these idiots as job security.

    I watched a contractor on a Bobcat shut off all phone and internet service to the Marrietta Ga. Lockheed Marten plant by cutting a main trunk. At the time I didnt know what had happened when he was quickly loading his Bobcat on the trailer and hauling tail out. It wasnt until an hour later when the repair guys showed up and asked me why I was digging and cut their cable.
  6. Cableguy

    Cableguy New Member 1000 Posts

    I usually don't give the average joe a hard time. These were professionals and know better. I guess I was just blowing off steam.
  7. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr New Member 1000 Posts

    I'd say you're entitled. I was just giving you crap.:lol:
    Last edited: May 26, 2007
  8. KD7ONE

    KD7ONE New Member

    I believe that everybody is entitled to 1 mistake a day. Some people make their mistake by getting out of bed.
  9. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr New Member 1000 Posts

    Seems I make that mistake about every other day:lol:
  10. Cableguy

    Cableguy New Member 1000 Posts

    Is that before or after you stub your little toe on the corner of bed...

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