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What Do You Need to Ask Before Hiring an Excavation Contractor?

Toronto is a beautiful part of the world, with many different neighborhoods all requiring a bit more expertise to manage for building and excavation projects. Finding the right excavation contractor to fit your needs can be difficult if you don’t have a solid idea of who is the best in the local area. Sometimes friends and family aren’t enough to convince you which company to go with over another. For that reason, we’ve put together a few questions to really get you started on your search. 
 

Is your contractor licensed and insured? 

There are way too many companies out there that operate without proper licensing. They are only one step accident away from dealing with the wrong end of a serious lawsuit. Any legitimate contracting company will have no problem showing you their insurance proof and operation licenses. Excavation requires using heavy equipment, and if they don’t have protection from accidentally scratching a water line, you are bound to be on the hook for damages as much as them.

What kind of excavation experience do they have?

Not every company knows how to excavate for a new house or how to prepare a spot for a luxurious pool. Maybe they have completed a few commercial properties but are entirely unaware of landscaping for homeowners or municipal needs for industrial sites. Always check out their previous work experience and portfolio to ensure you are working with a team that really knows their work.

Can you contact their previous clients?

Now that we’ve mentioned a portfolio let’s use that to your advantage. Go through and make a few phone calls to those celebrated projects on their website and hear how they really went down. If the company is as professional and reliable as they say they are, there shouldn’t be any surprises when talking to their previous clients.

Do they understand the permit process?

The greater Toronto area involves a lot of regions and municipalities that have different codes and regulations. Using an excavation company that clearly communicates whose role it is to get these permits is essential to working together. You don’t want to be midway through a project and meet up with a code enforcement agent only to find out the contractor never pulled the proper permits for the work.

Are there hidden fees for removal or transportation?

Excavation work almost always involves a lot of extra waste, debris, or fill. Your estimate should include a line item on how much the contractor will charge to remove anything from the worksite. There should be no hidden fees to their contract or ambiguous language. Everything should be clearly defined and outlined before you sign on the dotted line.

The expert team at Excavation and Demolition Contractor Toronto is ready to get to work. Call or email us today to learn more about what we offer and for a consultation. We have experience working with public, private, residential, and independent companies and have no issue presenting bids. We are fully insured and ready to get to work on your exciting project. Thank you for considering our company. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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What Are the Tips for Excavation Safety?

Excavation work is a hazardous endeavor. There are many potential safety issues that can crop up with even the most experienced contracting company. It helps to work with companies with a strong reputation for quality control and safety adherence whenever you start an excavation project. While there are too many tips to list in this article, we have provided you with an essential small set that really hammers home the foundation of excavation safety. 
 

Watch out for Cave-ins and Rollbacks

Excavation often requires a bit of trenching work. This can lead to deep crevasses around a job site that are designed to hold pipes and lines around a building. If you are a contractor walking the trenches, the last thing you want is to have a pile of dirt taller than you come crashing down. Make sure you use adequate slopes, shields, and supports to prevent any unwanted cave-ins.

Tripping and Unbalanced Loads

A common accident with excavation work is tripping over materials and equipment. Most of the seasoned veteran workers won’t have a problem with this, but if you’re around a heavily trafficked area for pedestrians or have frequent visits from office workers, you’re are bound to have a trip. Work with a company that creates clear pathways for their worksites and insists on proper safety gear before you start to lessen the chances of this happening.

The same can be said for unbalanced loads. Excavators are heavy equipment and move massive amounts of weight. If the balance is off, there can be disastrous results. Always make sure your operator is certified and qualified to drive and maneuver every piece of heavy equipment on the job site.

The Opportunity for Hazardous Materials

Excavation work is frequently performed around municipal buildings and residential neighborhoods. That means there are going to be close calls with sewer, power, and water lines. When you work with an excavation company, make sure they have the experience you need to get the job done right and are appropriately insured, so you have a bit of a liability shield. You shouldn’t have to go into financial hardship because of someone else’s poor planning.

Always Maintain a Clear Viewpoint

Working with heavy equipment means lugging around machines that can cause severe damage to property, infrastructure, and human beings. One of the most essential tips and easiest to implement safety strategies is to make sure your operators are using clear lines of sight whenever they move around. Nothing inside the operating cabin should obstruct their viewpoints, and the job site should be free from as much debris and overhanging material as possible to ensure everyone’s safety. 

Call or email us today to learn more about what we offer and for a consultation. We have experience working with public, private, residential, and independent companies and have no issue presenting bids. We are fully insured and ready to get to work on your exciting project. Thank you for considering our company. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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