In Hong Kong, when a section of pavement has to be dug up for maintenance works (such as repairing water/gas pipe), the site is usually surrounded by fences which bear the stock phrase “We apologize for any inconvenience caused”.
Sometimes this is also accompanied by the drawing of an apologetic man, and it seems that each government department/utilities company has its own version of “Sorryman”.
Hong Kong Electric:
Water Supplies Department:
He also works part-time at the Highways Department: