A free service exists so those carrying out excavation work can check for potentially dangerous underground cables and pipes, explains Richard Broome.

Accidently striking an underground pipe or cable during digging work can have significant and long-lasting effects on the person involved, and those around them. It’s therefore essential that those involved in excavation work, and the UK public, fully understand the implications that come with hitting gas, water, oil and chemical pipelines or electricity and broadband cables, and know how to prevent this from happening.

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