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This is a first! This article is the second version of the pipe story. The first never mentions the contractor being the cause of the damage and flood. The first article blamed the aging pipes/infrastructure of the city water system. Happy to see the correction. I worked for a contractor installing telephone cable during the 70s and one of the machine operators cut the transcontinental communication line near Eau Claire. Contractors do make mistakes and they can be costly and devastating.
Other details that would be helpful such as: 1) why didn't they know that pipe was there?
2) did they follow procedure? 2) does the city of Minneapolis not know where these critical elements of their infrastructure are? 3) is there a risk that this could happen with a gas line resulting in deaths as it did in St. Cloud a few years ago?
As long as humans continue to bury potentially dangerous things underground, and properties continue to be redeveloped, there ALWAYS will be these type of scenario's. It is a fact that life is dangerous and no matter what we do to negate the hazard, there always will be the possibilty of a accident. That is why contractors have insurance, and thats why you have insurance.
Previous articles indicated that the contractor violated city rules which require manual digging when near the pipe. The contractor knew the pipe was there...they were trying to connect to the water system
1891 pipe. Wow.
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