October 02

Real World Claims: Landscaper Sued for Utility Damage

A landscaping company is being sued by the telephone company over damages to phone cables.

Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. LP, doing business as AT&T Texas, filed the suit against Encino Landscape Inc. on Sept. 2 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 30, 2008, Cleveland-based Encino Landscape was augering a hole in the ground next to a conduit run that had been exposed on Helena Avenue at State Highway 347 in Nederland.

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Of the many risks encountered by landscaping operations day in and day out, damaging utilities is not a risk that would stick out in one’s mind. When we think about the exposures faced by Landscapers, they usually amount to damage of a client’s property, employee injury, or auto liability.

The story above serves as a useful reminder that accidents and claims are only limited by the imagination. The landscaper, Encino Landscaping, was augering an area near a conduit utilized by AT&T for phone and internet service. Augering is a process of drilling with an auger drill bit. The auger drill bit removes dirt from the hole as it drills down into the ground, making it a great tool for post hole digging. During the drilling process, a phone line was severed, which led to Encino being sued by AT&T.

As with any other type of construction related business, unintentional damage is bound to occur at one time or another. Should an accident happen, it’s important to have a program in place that’s designed specifically for the needs of Landscaping contractors.

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