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. 

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