In our last blog we discussed that April is Dig Safe month across North America and the importance of safe digging practices by having proper locates called in and obtained before you dig.. But what constitutes a valid (proper) locate? Contrary to popular belief a valid locate is not just having paint on the ground but also requires you to have a physical, paper copy of the locates onsite. This copy cannot be digital, that means even though you may have the saved files on a tablet or cell phone you are not allowed to use them as valid locates to commence excavation. A physical copy must always be present onsite.
Now that you have your locate papers and paint is on the ground, what does it all mean? Here is an excellent breakdown of what type of information you can find on your completed locate papers courtesy of Digsafe Ontario.
The paint on the ground has a uniform colour code that was developed by the American Public Works Association (AWPA) and is standardized throughout North America for marking buried utilities. This colour code is also endorsed by the Canadian Standards Association in CSA S250-11 (source: Underground Infrastructure Damage Prevention – Best Practices Version 1.0). Here is a breakdown of what each color stands for:
|Colour||Type of Facility/Indicator|
|Red||Electric power lines, cables, conduits and lighting cables|
|Yellow||Gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials|
|Orange||Communication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit|
|Green||Sewers and drain lines|
|Pink||Temporary survey markings|
|Purple||Reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines|
Regardless if you are a home owner or a contractor the law in Ontario states that you have to have valid locates in order to excavate. For more information on safe digging you can check out www.digsafe.ca for guidelines regulations. Make your next outdoor project a success by calling in proper locates. It will save you both time and money and, more importantly keep you, and those working with you, safe.
Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service celebrates Dig Safe Month!
April 1st marked the official start of Dig Safe Month as designated by the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) and its members.
“(Dig Safe Month) is dedicated to raising awareness of safe digging practices across the province to improve safety and reduce damages to underground plant.
Dig Safe Month is designed to coincide with the unofficial start of spring digging season and to serve as a reminder to homeowners and contractors that they need to call before they start digging. Throughout April, ORCGA members and geographic councils hold local campaigns across the province to spread awareness about:
1. Call Before You Dig
2. Wait for Locates
3. Respect the Marks
4. Dig with Care
Ensuring the safety of those who work or live in the vicinity of underground facilities and protecting vital services is everyone’s responsibility.”
As hydro vacuum excavation specialists, we work around underground infrastructure every day. Our field operatives and technicians undertake extensive, ongoing safety training specific to a variety of underground facilities, including gas, hydro, and communications. With our expertise and innovative equipment, we are often called upon to work in dangerous and critical situations that are a direct result of someone else’s unsafe digging practices. We have witnessed firsthand the damage done and the consequences –including personal injuries, property damage, and service interruptions to the public.
Super Sucker is helping to spread the safe digging message by participating in a various ORCGA initiated events around Ontario, including the Dig Safe Month Kickoff events in London, Mississauga, and St. Catharines. We are also joining other ORCGA members at several Home Depot locations later this month, talking to homeowners and contractors, reminding everyone to “call before you dig” and to follow safe digging practices. We are even holding our own Dig Safe Breakfast event for all of our employees, asking them to help educate their friends, family, and neighbours.
As an ORCGA sponsor, we share in the vision of making Ontario
“the safest jurisdiction with the most reliable infrastructure in North America…and that to accomplish this goal, we need to work together – damage prevention is a shared responsibility”.
Check out our Twitter feed @Got_Locates for more information.
This coming weekend we will join Christians around the world in celebrating Easter Monday. While not often given the same celebratory flair as Christmas, where we celebrate Jesus’ birth, for many it is the most important date on the calendar. While Good Friday is a time of mourning of His suffering and death, today we rejoice in his resurrection. He died and rose again. He lives and so we too may have eternal life; this is the very basis of the Christian faith. It is this message of hope and love that it is a comfort for many and the true meaning of Easter as a time of thanks and renewal.
1 Peter 1:3
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… (NIV)”
To our customers, we hope you had an enjoyable long weekend with your loved ones. From the staff of Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service, we offer our thanks for your continued patronage and we look forward to serving you in the year ahead.