Understanding and Dealing with Underground Utility Signs


Giannetti Contracting

Giannetti Contracting
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Giannetti Contracting, Corp. is a family owned, Pompano Beach, Florida-based underground utility construction services provider with nearly six decades of industry experience. Giannetti Contracting excels in various areas of underground utility support, including directional drilling and jet sewer installations.

Underground utilities are signaled using a variety of signs and warning markers. Cable markers may be designated by a generalized warning marker, which often read Buried Cable Call Before You Dig or something similar, followed by a relevant phone number. Other signs may be more specific in regards to the utilities that have been buried, such as advisories regarding high pressure pipelines and gas utilities, sensitive petroleum pipelines, and water and sewer pipelines.

Individuals posting warning signs for buried cables and utilities should make sure that their markers are concisely worded and in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Any private citizen or commercial contractor that encounters a marker indicating underground utilities should should phone the relevant authorities prior to digging or beginning any construction projects in the area.