Underground utility locating is a highly technical job, and it requires specific tools, knowledge, and experience. In this field of work, having a comprehensive understanding of the job at hand is crucial to preserving the safety of structures, as well as nearby people. The problem is that there are myths floating around regarding utility locating, and believing in these myths can hinder a person’s ability to carry out locating services safely. Here are a couple myths that have been made about underground utility locating.
“The Depth of the Utility Lines is Something You Can Estimate”
You can never simply estimate the depth of a utility line. Precision is crucial, and you need to have all utility lines clearly marked. On top of that, the lines have to be exposed carefully so you can know where they are for certain.
Something else to note is that utility lines can sometimes move around over time, and this can alter their depth, so constant monitoring is important. Never assume anything about where these lines are because the last thing you’d want is to strike one.
“If You Don’t Find any Utilities Underneath One Locate Mark, It’s Fine to Dig”
Just because no utilities are located under a locate mark, that isn’t enough justification to begin digging. You should get an additional locate and get into contact with whoever owns the facility/utilities. Assuming that it’s safe to dig is never a good idea.
“You Can’t Locate Sewer Lines”
Sewer lines are able to be located using all sorts of methods, and you’ll want to make use of all of these methods to maximize safety. If you breach a sewer line, not only is it a danger, but you’ll face serious delays, and it will cost you a serious amount of money.
“811 is Responsible for Any Accidents Pertaining to Utility Locating”
We want to take a minute to let you know that this is not the case. 811 doesn’t find any underground utilities. What they do instead is raise awareness for underground utilities, and they get in touch with the right utilities. Make sure the necessary utilities all respond to whatever requests you’ve made.
Concrete Visions Will Get The Job Done Right
Concrete Visions has been working with clients for over 25 years. Our G&M Services installers are certified with the industry’s major firestop product manufacturers. As part of our firestop service, we can assess abnormal field conditions and, with the manufacturer’s technical support assistance, provide engineering judgments in a timely fashion to comply with contract specifications. Our Field Mechanics undergo ongoing training, including mandatory monthly safety meetings, weekly Toolbox Talks where safety and equipment information is shred, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.