Electric Line Tragedy Narrowly Averted In Blooming Grove
Blooming Grove Highway Department had a frightening close call while digging to repair a water main break last week. The coordinates given by Orange and Rockland Utilities for any nearby underground electric lines were incorrect. In fact the O&R coordinates were a full 30 ft. off. The town’s bucket loader hit a live wire that generated sparks all the way up the machine. Highway Superintendent, Wayne Kirkpatrick said the situation could have been really serious if the bucket had not been touching ground the entire time. In a serendipitous coincidence, they were notified (albeit a little late) that towns will soon be required to have their own underground mark-out equipment, along with training for every employee. Purchase of the new equipment will cost $7,725. The purchase price will be covered by sale of the town’s Komatsu Excavator to the Town of Newburgh. Not only will the new piece of equipment protect against future potentially tragic instances, it will allow the town to do its own of electric line and waterline marking and save funds on what would otherwise be spent subcontracting.