Evansville Safety Day features staged gas pipeline rupture

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The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Enertech have joined to present Evansville Safety Day on Wednesday.

The event takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center.

This free event brings first responders, utility, oil & gas, municipal, and county personnel together to take part in dynamic hands-on scenario safety training of a staged pipeline rupture — as close to the real thing as possible. 

A presentation on the Indiana Dig Law begins at 8:00, going over rules and regulations and the need to call 811 prior to any excavation in order to get underground utilities located before excavation.

At 12:30, attendees have the opportunity to experience a mock natural gas line strike, showing what happens when a natural gas line is struck by mechanized digging equipment, and what steps need to be taken during the aftermath.

Scott Township Fire and EMS, Evansville Police Department, Evansville Board of Public Safety, City of Evansville/Vanderburgh County Emergency Management Agency, Vectren and USIC will work together in a unified command to control the incident.

The line is actually pressurized with air for the event to simulate natural gas.  

“Striking a natural gas line is not something anyone wants to take lightly,” says Mark Allen, Enertech president. “Should it happen, you literally have only seconds to make decisions that could save your life. As partners in safety, pipeline companies value the unique skills and expertise of the emergency responders. Working through this scenario, we all gain hands-on experience and learn from each other in the process.”

More about the event can be found here.

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(This story was originally published on March 6, 2019)

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