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52 Pa. Code § 61.11. Accidents.


§ 61.11. Accidents.

 (a)  General. A steam utility shall submit a report of each reportable accident involving the facilities or operations of the steam utility in this Commonwealth. The reports shall be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission.

 (b)  Reportable accidents. Reportable accidents are those involving utility facilities or operations which result in one or more of the following circumstances:

   (1)  The death of a person.

   (2)  Injury to a person sufficient that the injured person requires immediate treatment at a hospital emergency room or in-patient admittance to a hospital, or both.

   (3)  An event that involves a release of steam from the steam utility, which results in estimated property damage of at least $50,000.

   (4)  An occurrence of an unusual nature, whether or not death or injury of a person results, which apparently will result in a prolonged and serious interruption of normal service.

   (5)  An event that results in an emergency shutdown of the steam utility.

   (6)  An occurrence of an unusual nature that is a physical or cyber-attack, including an attempt to interfere with a steam utility’s computers, software and communication networks that support, operate or otherwise interact with the steam utility’s operation.

   (7)  An unusual occurrence that is significant in the judgment of the steam utility.

 (c)  Exception. Injuries, as defined in subsection (b)(1) and (2), may not include those suffered as a result of a motor vehicle accident with utility facilities unless a vehicle involved in the accident is owned by the steam utility or driven by a utility employee while on duty.

 (d)  Telephone reports. A report by telephone shall be made immediately to the Commission’s Pipeline Safety Division after the steam utility becomes aware of an occurrence of a reportable accident under subsection (b)(1), (3), (4) or (5). A report by telephone shall be made within 24 hours after the steam utility becomes aware of a reportable accident under subsection (b)(2).

 (e)  Written reports. A written report shall be made on Form UCTA-8 within 30 days of the occurrence of a reportable accident. For reportable accidents under subsection (b)(6), a steam utility shall remove from Form UCTA-8 information that would compromise the security of the utility or hinder an active criminal investigation. Accidents reportable on forms required by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Department of Labor and Industry, or the United States Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, shall be reported to the Commission by filing a copy of the forms instead of a report on Form UCTA-8, as long as the alternative forms, at a minimum, provide all of the following information:

   (1)  The name of the steam utility.

   (2)  The date of the reportable accident.

   (3)  The date of the report.

   (4)  The location where the reportable accident occurred.

   (5)  The name, age, residence and occupation of the injured or deceased parties.

   (6)  The general description of the reportable accident.

   (7)  The name and telephone number of the reporting officer.

 (f)  Form availability. Blank UCTA-8 forms are available for download on the Commission’s web site.

 (g)  Reports not exclusive. The reporting under this chapter is not limited to the requirements in this section and does not limit requests for additional information.


   The provisions of this §  61.11 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501 and 1501.


   The provisions of this §  61.11 amended December 1, 2017, effective December 2, 2017, 47 Pa.B. 7314. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (239220) to (239221).

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