“Is the area marked in white?”
On the phone or online, we’ll ask. Why do we ask, you ask?
Traditionally a white flag represents surrender. In the excavating community though, it means proposed (or planned) excavation. Paint, flags, ribbon, and stakes are commonly used to provide a visual explanation of where underground utilities are located. The color white is neutral and should stand out among other markings that might be on site. Click HERE to see the entire color code.
White markings can answer some very important questions. Especially when communication between an excavator and line locator or facility owner/operator is limited. The markings, themselves, can act as a form of silent communication. Marking your proposed excavation in white visually shows the locator where you plan to dig. It’s usually more precise than the verbal description of the work area.
We’ll continue to ask about white markings, for safety’s sake.
Until next time, safe digging!