The old adage about having a successful business is: location, location, location. Setting up shop where your customers can find you quickly and easily is the basis for making money. Let’s face it, no one is going to go to a gas station located on the 20th floor of a downtown high rise!
On the other hand, location, location, location can always be moving and in that regard is also the basis of another business – the professional underground utility locator.
Like the US Mail, the professional locator has to deliver in all kinds of weather, and in all kinds of situations. From the moment a locate request ticket is generated by an 811 call center and sent out to relevant utilities in the dig area, those utilities have 48 hours to get their lines marked before a dig.
48 Hours is a CBS news show that has been on the air for 27 seasons. 48 Hours was also the name of a movie with Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte way back in 1982.
The professional locator’s 48 hours may not get national network exposure or pack them in at the box office, but it’s just as important – more so because lives can depend on their work.
The men and women who do locates are a hardy bunch. Among other things, they must put up with confined space, bad weather, insect bites and stings, poison ivy, poison oak, possible trip and slip hazards, and the occasional VERY territorial dog – all in the name of getting underground utilities safely located and marked for safe digging.
That’s why we salute them during National Locator’s Week: July 27 – August 2.
The next time you’re out and about, take a closer look at all of those multi-colored flags in the ground, and all of those spray painted sidewalks and streets – then remember that you’re probably just seeing the tip of the iceberg.
At Texas811, we take about 13,000 locate requests a day. That’s a LOT of footwork for locators.
So please. The next time you see someone out working a site, putting flags in the ground, give them a tip of your hat.
We couldn’t do it without them!
NOTE: We’ll have a SPECIAL blog on Wednesday, July 29 – don’t miss it!