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Planning excavation work?
Here's what you need to know…


By law, excavators and contractors MUST contact O.U.P.S. at least 48 hours but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before beginning any excavation project. You can reach us through, i-dig Newtin RTE our free, Web-based ticket-entry system, or by calling 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764.  NOTE: The Ohio Oil and Gas Producers Underground Protection Service is also committed to protecting underground facilities and preserving the safety of landowners and contractors. Call 800-925-0988 or 614-715-2984 or visit for further information about OGPUPS.
Download our informative excavator manual.


ORC Sec. 3781.28. (A) Except as otherwise provided in divisions (C), (D), (E), and (F) of this section, at least forty-eight hours but not more than ten working days before commencing excavation, the excavator shall notify a protection service of the location of the excavation site and the date on which excavation is planned to commence.


*Please note that the Ohio Revised Code defines excavator as the person or persons responsible for making the actual excavation (ORC Sec. 3781.25(K)). Therefore, while O.U.P.S. will not refuse a ticket from any caller, we advise the actual excavator place the call to O.U.P.S., receive their own ticket number and wait the required 48 hours in order to be compliant with Ohio law.*


Why you should contact O.U.P.S. before you dig...

For Safety's Sake.

For Convenience.

It's Free.

It's The Law.


Follow These Steps For Safe Digging...

















If You Hit A Line…


For your safety you should walk away immediately and take steps to clear the area to protect yourself and your crew. Do not try to repair or stop a leak yourself or use anything that might create a spark, such as a cell phone.


If a substance starts releasing into the air, such as natural gas, immediately call 9-1-1. For any damaged facility, you should also contact the utility company listed on the nearest marker as well as O.U.P.S., even if there appears to be no damage. Not all facility damages can be detected by the naked eye.






Utility Color Codes...

When utility company representatives mark a location, they use colored flags and/or paint to identify the type of underground service.




Electric power lines cables, conduit and lighting cables


Gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials


Communication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit


Potable Water


Reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines


Sewers and drain lines


Temporary survey markings



Proposed excavating





Membership Options

Professional excavators and contractors can join O.U.P.S. through our special contractor membership option. In February of 1996, the O.U.P.S. Board of Trustees unanimously approved a provision to allow contractors (individuals whose main course of business is excavation) to join as O.U.P.S. members and to participate in its meetings. Previously, board seats were reserved for utility operators only. This new partnership occurred as a result of O.U.P.S.' efforts to enhance the participation and increase the safety awareness of underground damage prevention of contractors in the industry. Such a positive alliance further supports the O.U.P.S. mission.


Here are just a few of the many benefits of becoming an O.U.P.S. contractor member:

  • Industry Representation — O.U.P.S. bylaws allow for a contractor member to represent his or her industry group with a seat on the Board of Trustees.
  • Organizational Voice — Members have the ability to serve on various operating committees advising the Board of Trustees on operational issues.
  • Public Education Program — Complimentary access to O.U.P.S.' public education program and supporting materials.
  • Networking — The ability to network your organization and services.
  • Long Term Storage — Access to dig tickets from the conception of Newtin at your fingertips via O.U.P.S.' long term storage system.
  • Consortium Buying — The opportunity to purchase from a limited catalog of safety related items at a discounted rate through our consortium buying program.

Contract Locators


The following companies can locate and mark privately owned and installed lines for you.


Please note that the companies listed below are not endorsed by O.U.P.S.; they are provided for informational purposes only.



Contractor Member List




To find out more information and the benefits of becoming a Contractor Member, view membership options.







Chuck Green

Public Awareness/Services Coordinator
 1-800-311-3692, ext.7250



George Gillespie

Public Awareness/Services Coordinator
 1-800-311-3692, ext.4907


Jack Bennett

Public Awareness/Services Coordinator



Matt Hennis

Public Awareness/Services Coordinator







Jason Broyles

Public Awareness/Services Coordinator







About Us

A vital resource for Ohio residents and businesses, the Ohio Utilities Protection Service acts as a communication link between utility companies and individuals planning any digging activity. This site includes all the information you need to dig safely and protect your community.




Contact O.U.P.S.

P.O. Box 729
12467 Mahoning Ave
North Jackson, OH 44451