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Promoting Public Safety by Understanding, Predicting and Preventing Manhole Events

April 26, 2017

Manhole events are a growing problem; more than 2,000 events occur in the U.S. every year. In the worst cases, a flying manhole cover from an explosion can cause injury or even death. This tragic human cost is accompanied by mitigation and repair costs estimated at $100,000 and higher per manhole. Additionally, there are uncapped expenses for litigation, unwanted media attention and public relations.

An article by Dr. Mark Newton, vice president, engineering was featured by the Western Energy Institute on the importance of understanding, predicting and preventing manhole events.