It’s been a year since a building collapsed in downtown Sioux Falls, killing one man.  A woman and two dogs were rescued from the rubble.

The former Copper Lounge came crashing down on December 2, 2016.  The remains of the nearly 100 year old building are gone now; a drug store and a clinic are taking its place.

In April of this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that Hultgren Construction, the company that was remodeling the building when it collapsed, will be fined nearly $100,000 by the federal government for violations at the site.

Also fined over $100,000 was Command Center, a national temporary agency, that had supplied workers for the project.

Both companies are appealing the penalties.

What does this have to do with 811?   Just this:

Accidents can happen in just a moment – but the aftermath can be tragic, will seemingly last forever, and cost a fortune.

That’s why it’s so important for you to call 811 before you do any kind of digging in South Dakota.    Tree, fence, mailbox, swimming pool, stock pond, foundations, gas lines, electrical cables, telecom lines – anything and everything that’s going under the ground.  (And before you ask, cemeteries are excluded from this rule)

At South Dakota One Call, we want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season.  Take the time to get underground lines located before you dig.  The phone call to 811 will take you less than five minutes.  It’s free, as is the subsequent line locating service.  You can also reach us on line for requests at the homeowner portal here:  or for professional excavators here:

One of the definitions of the word “accident” when used in the context of a casualty or mishap is “an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage or loss.”

You can prevent almost all excavation line strike accidents by calling 811 first.

Visit us at for more information.

Until next week, safe digging!


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