Digging of a Sign Post in Cheyenne.

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Full Case Study as Reported:

In the town of Cheyenne, construction workers were digging a sign post using an auger, and caused the loss of long distance telephone service when the auger ripped through the fiber optic cable. 


Representatives from both Qwest and WYDOT confirmed that the line was mis-located by the locating service. 


Technicians were sent to the site to repair the damage, and to replace the 1,600 ft cable that was destroyed.

Outcomes Reported:

Cause: Cable damaged by an auger 


Damage: 1,600 ft of fiber optic; phone service 


Injuries: None

Related Keywords:

 Fiber optics, Communication cables, Locating/marking inaccurate, Auger, Loss of service.


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