Digging near gas lines has the potential for serious ramifications. Most states place an emphasis on educating the public about the importance of digging with care. A recent incident in California further illustrates this point after a worker suffered fatal workplace injuries.
The victim was identified as a 44-year-old man who was employed by Big & Deep Ag Development. Reports indicate that he was using a heavy piece of machinery to dig when it struck a gas line. He died in the subsequent explosion. Two women in a nearby house also suffered burns as a result.