April has been designated as National Safe Digging Month by The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration according to an announcement by the National Safety Council.
Our Boca Raton personal injury lawyers want you to “Call Before You Dig” when tackling any of your outdoor spring projects.
A new federally-mandated national number, 8-1-1, was created to protect anyone be it professionals or do-it-yourselfers from accidentally hitting underground utility lines. A simple phone call is all it takes to avoid the potentially deadly mistake of damaging an underground utility line.
No matter what the size of the project is, workers should never dig into the ground without getting the utility lines marked first. Calling 8-1-1 can prevent you from making a costly mistake. Even if you aren’t injured by disrupting an underground utility line, you could be slapped with fines and repair bills.
The 8-1-1 campaign was started by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA). It’s purpose was to make sure the public was safe, protect the environment and avoid damage to underground utility infrastructure.
Created officially in 2000, CGA represents an arm of the United States Department of Transportation’s Common Ground Study. This study determined that one agency should be in charge of monitoring and modifying best practices among the ever growing underground utility industry.
CGA continues to increase the public’s knowledge regarding protecting America’s substantial amount of underground cables, pipelines, wires and conduits.
Your 8-1-1 call goes into a call center; the operator will ask you some questions about your project. It is best to call a few days before you want to start your project. The call center operator contacts your local utility companies so they can send technicians out to mark the location of your underground utilities. It is literally as simple as that.
Ever wonder what all those color markings mean? Each utility has a universal color assigned to it as follows:
-White is use for the intended excavation site.
-Green means a drainage/sewer system.
-Orange is for any of communications (TV, telephone, cable).
-Blue is for potable water.
-Red means electric.
-Yellow is for gas lines.
-Purple means reclaimed water.
For local “Call Before You Dig” info visit:
Florida 811 site.