|R.||Review the Ticket Information||Review the ticket information to make sure it matches where you’re digging.|
It is best practice to have a copy of your location request on the job site with you.
|E.||Evaluate the Job Site||It is always best practice to evaluate your job site for private utilities or any unknowns.|
Ask yourself does the job site match the information on the ticket?
|V.||Validate the Markings||We cannot begin to dig without first validating the marks.|
Check that each utility has responded.
Do the utility responses and mark outs match your Automatic Positive Response (APR) from Dig Safely New York?
|I.||Identify the Tolerance Zone||The Tolerance Zone is defined as the distance of one-half of the known diameter plus two (2) feet,|
on either side of the designated center line of the marked facility.
|E.||Excavate Using Hand Digging Methods||Hand expose lines within the Tolerance Zone and cross section using hand tools.|
|W.||Work Carefully||More than just creating an emergency, damaging a utility, and failing to report, can harm families,|
communities, and dreams. When working, follow the golden rule – work as you would for your loved ones.