Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission

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On May 25, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 18-167 into law. This bill included the creation of the Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission (Safety Commission), effective August 8, 2018.

In order to assist in preventing damage to underground facilities, the Safety Commission is charged with the following tasks:

  • Making recommendations regarding:
    • Best practices and training
    • Policies to enhance public safety
    • Policies to improve efficiency and cost savings to the 811 program
  • Reviewing complaints of alleged violations and ordering appropriate remedial action/penalties

    You may contact the Safety Commission using the phone number and email address provided below.

    Safety Commission stakeholders:

    The Safety Commission has completed the implementation of the new data tool to track complaints, and the online complaint and damage form is available for use once again via the link below.

    To submit a formal complaint to the Safety Commission regarding an alleged violation of the law that occurred on or after August 8, 2018, you may complete the following:

    Damage Form 

    If you complete the PDF complaint form and your complaint includes a near-miss or underground facility damage, please also complete the form below to provide as much information as possible about the near-miss/damage.​

    Underground Facility Damage Form

    **If you are the owner or operator of a damaged underground facility, you are also required to report the damage to Colorado 811 within 90 days after service has been restored per Section 9-1.5-103(7)(b) of the Colorado Excavation Requirements Statute.**

    Alternative Dispute Resolution

    In addition to submitting a complaint, you may also pursue alternative dispute resolution through Colorado 811. View the details on the Colorado 811 website using the link below.

    Colorado 811 - Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Meeting Location

    These meetings are fully remote until further notice. The remote meeting connection information is included in the meeting agenda.

    Meeting Time: 12:00 - 4:00 pm

    2020

    2019

    Date Time
    Friday, December 14, 2018
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Thursday, January 3, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Tuesday, January 29, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019 CANCELED
    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    1:00 - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, May 9, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, July 11, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, August 8, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, September 12, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm
    Thursday, October 10, 2019
    Agenda
    Meeting Notes
    12:00 - 4:00 pm

    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    Agenda

    Meeting Notes

    12:00 - 4:00 pm

    Thursday, December 12, 2019

    Agenda

    Meeting Notes

    12:00 - 4:00 pm

    The Review Committee, which consists of 3-5 Safety Commission members, will schedule meetings to hear complaints regarding alleged violations of the Excavation Requirements statute. These hearings are public meetings, so the dates, times and location are listed below.

    To learn about what happens during a hearing, view the Hearing Process chart.  

    Hearing Location

    Hearings are fully remote until further notice. The remote hearing connection information is included in the hearing agenda.

    2020

    Dates Times

    February 6, 2020

    Agenda

    8:00 am

    February 27, 2020

    Agenda

    9:30 am

    11:00 am

     

    March 5, 2020

    Agenda

    9:30 am

    11:00 am

    April 7, 2020

    Agenda

    11:00 am

    1:30 pm

    3:00 pm

    July 30, 2020

    Agenda

    11:00 am

    August 6, 2020

    Agenda

    9:30 am

    September 3, 2020

    Agenda

    11:00 am

    1:30 pm

    October 1, 2020

    Agenda

    9:30 am

    11:00 am

    1:30 pm

    October 20, 2020  
    November 5, 2020  
    November 17, 2020  
    December 1, 2020  
    December 15, 2020  

    2019

    Dates Times
    Monday, March 18, 2019
    Agenda
    1:00 pm
    Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    Agenda
    1:00 pm
    Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    Agenda
    8:00 am
    10:00 am
    Thursday, May 23, 2019
    Agenda
    10:00 am
    1:00 pm
    Wednesday, June 26, 2019
    Agenda
    8:00 am
    10:00 am
    1:00 pm
    2:00 pm
    3:00 pm
    Wednesday, July 17, 2019
    Agenda
    10:00 am
    1:00 pm
    3:00 pm
    Thursday, August 29, 2019
    Agenda
    10:00 am
    2:30 pm
    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    Agenda
    8:00 am
    Tuesday, October 8, 2019
    Agenda
    1:00 pm
    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    Agenda
    1:00 pm
    Tuesday, November 5, 2019
    Agenda
    10:00 am
    Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    Agenda
    1:00 pm
    Tuesday, December 3, 2019
    Agenda
    8:00 am
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019
    Agenda
    9:00 am
    11:00 am

    The Best Practices Subcommittee will schedule meetings to develop best practices for elements of the Excavation Requirements statute. These are public meetings, so the dates, times and location are listed below.

    Meeting Location

    These meetings are fully remote until further notice. The remote meeting connection information is included in the meeting agenda.

    Meeting Time: 10:00 - 11:50 am

    2020

    2019

    The following have been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Safety Commission as of June 19, 2020.

    Safety Commission Member List
    Member Member Category Term Expiration
    Ray Swerdfeger headshot

    Raymond Swerdfeger

    Excavator 1/1/2021
    Eric Kirkpatrick headshot

    Eric Kirkpatrick

    Chair

    Investor-Owner Utilities 1/1/2021
    Lori Warner headshot

    Lori Warner

    Pipeline Company 1/1/2021
    Mark Jurgemeyer headshot

    Mark Jurgemeyer

    Rural Electric Cooperative 1/1/2021
    Pat Fitzgerald headshot

    Patrick Fitzgerald

    Special District 1/1/2021
    Kat Duitsman headshot

    Katharine Duitsman

    Engineer 1/1/2022
    Mark Frasier headshot

    Mark Frasier

    Farming/Ranching 1/1/2022
    Thomas Sturmer Headshot

    Thomas Sturmer

    Telecommunications/Broadband 1/1/2022
    A photo of Patricia McKinney Clark

    Patricia McKinney-Clark

    Transportation 1/1/2022
    Jim Moody headshot

    Jim Moody

    Review Committee Coordinator

    Contractor 1/1/2023
    Headshot of Ted Jensen

    Ted Jensen

    County 1/1/2023
    Jeannette Jones headshot

    Jeannette Jones

    Energy Producer 1/1/2023
    Rob Ellis Rob Ellis Excavator 1/1/2023
    Chris Kampmann headshot

    Chris Kampmann

    Vice Chair

    Municipality 1/1/2023
    Mark Williams headshot

    Mark Williams

    Water Utility 1/1/2023

    Applications are now being accepting for the following Safety Commission member categories, as the terms for those currently representing these categories end on January 1, 2021:
    • Excavators
    • Investor-owned Companies
    • Pipeline Companies
    • Rural Electric Cooperatives
    • Special Districts

    If you would like to be nominated and apply for one of these positions:
    1. Refer to the Excavation Requirements Act to find the appropriate nominating entity to contact.
    2. Once nominated, submit the Governor's Boards and Commissions application.

    If you have any questions, you may contact us at cdle_safetycommission@state.co.us or 303-318-8537

    Nomination Categories

    The Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission includes 15 people from the following categories.

    Those selected to serve on the commission will do so for a term of three years.

    Nomination Category Nominated by # of Representatives on the Safety Commission
    County Colorado Counties, Inc. 1
    Municipality Colorado Municipal League 1
    Special District Special District Association of Colorado 1
    Energy Producer Colorado's Energy Industry 1
    Contractor Colorado Contractors Association 1
    Excavator Excavator Members of the Notification Association 2
    Engineer American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado 1
    Investor-Owner Utility Investor-Owner Utilities 1
    Rural Electric Cooperative Colorado Rural Electric Association 1
    Pipeline Company Colorado Pipeline Association 1
    Telecommunications and Broadband Company Colorado Telecommunications and Broadband Industry 1
    Water Utility Colorado Water Utility Council 1
    Transportation Department of Transportation 1
    Farming/Ranching Commissioner of Agriculture 1

    To submit a request for the Safety Commission to develop a best practice policy, you may complete one of the following:

    Best Practices

    Disclaimer: The Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission has established these best practices as required under §9-1.5-104.2, C.R.S. These best practices serve to advise the notification association and other state agencies, the general assembly and local governments on practices to prevent damage to underground utilities, to enhance public safety, to improve efficiency and cost savings to the 811 program and to ensure the highest level of productivity and service for the benefit of both excavators and owners and operators. These best practices are recommendations by the Safety Commission and may change over time. Compliance with these recommendations is not conclusive of compliance with the statutes and regulations and is not binding on the findings or determinations of the Safety Commission or determinations in any other forum.

    FAQs

    In addition to the FAQs here, additional resources are listed under the Helpful Resources tab at the bottom of the page.

    What is a frivolous complaint?

    The Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission Regulations define a frivolous complaint as "A complaint filed with the Safety Commission that is entirely without merit and is made with the intention of causing inconvenience, harassment or expense."

    Does your company have a training course (or two) that the Safety Commission should consider adding to its approved training list? If so, please complete the form linked below.

    Underground Damage Prevention Training Course Submission form

    Do you have an idea for a training course that would be helpful? If so, please send your idea to us at cdle_safetycommission@state.co.us.

    Home Rule counties, cities and counties, municipalities and power authorities may either develop their own damage prevention safety programs that are similar to the Safety Commission or complete a waiver that delegates their damage prevention safety programs to the Safety Commission.

    Complete the form linked below to let the Safety Commission know which option your home rule entity has selected.

    Home Rule Entity Waiver/Notification of Damage Prevention Safety Program 

    Any information provided to OPS on submitted forms or other communication such as email, phone calls, etc., is available to the public upon request (CORA request, data request, etc.) or is made available to the public (data sets, public databases, social media, webpage notices, etc.)

    Please be aware of this and provide company information, rather than personal information, wherever possible.