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The 2018 Florida Statutes

Title XXXIII
REGULATION OF TRADE, COMMERCE, INVESTMENTS, AND SOLICITATIONS
Chapter 556
UNDERGROUND FACILITY DAMAGE PREVENTION AND SAFETY
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F.S. 556.109
556.109 Emergency excavations or demolitions attempted; exception.
(1) This act does not apply to making an excavation or demolition during an emergency if the system or the member operator was notified at the earliest opportunity and all reasonable precautions had been taken to protect any underground facility. For the purposes of this act, “emergency” means any condition constituting a clear and present danger to life or property; a situation caused by the escape of any substance transported by means of an underground facility; any interruption of vital public service or communication caused by any break or defect in a member operator’s underground facility; or, in the case of the State Highway System or streets or roads maintained by a political subdivision or underground facilities owned, operated, or maintained by a political subdivision, if the use of such highways, streets, roads, or underground facilities is, in the sole judgment of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation, or such political subdivision, impaired by an unforeseen occurrence that necessitates repair beginning immediately after such occurrence.
(2) An excavator shall not notify the system that there is an emergency unless the excavator reasonably believes that the intended excavation or demolition is due to a situation or condition as defined in subsection (1).
History.s. 9, ch. 93-240; s. 4, ch. 96-172; s. 6, ch. 2010-100.