A lot of planning goes into excavation projects. There are so many details to consider that it can be overwhelming at times. To ensure you always have an excellent reminder to refer to, our guide below breaks down several of the essential factors to consider before excavation projects.
Excavations require working with heavy equipment, which alone can be dangerous in the wrong hands. In addition, if your crew doesn’t know how to work around potential on-site hazards, accidents can happen.
Thankfully, you can minimize these safety risks by adequately assessing the site’s safety hazards. You can also minimize the risks by ensuring your team has the proper training to work in the conditions, as well as the right equipment for excavations.
Working with heavy equipment can be an excellent experience, but putting excavators in the hands of untrained or otherwise unreliable team members opens the door for avoidable accidents.
Hazardous conditions on job sites increase the potential for accidents, such as site collapses. Thankfully, you can minimize these safety risks by properly assessing the site’s safety hazards. For instance, contact local utility companies to determine where utility lines are in the ground. That way, you can avoid running into those lines when you dig.
Furthermore, assess the soil conditions to determine what equipment you can bring on-site without disrupting ground conditions to a dangerous degree. You should avoid using equipment that your job site soil can’t adequately support.
For example, if you’re excavating to place rip rap, you’ll need a high-quality rip rap screen at the ready. There is a lot of different hardware you’ll find on job sites, so ensuring your excavators, rip rap screens, and beyond are ready to work properly is key.
Speaking of the on-site equipment, one of the top factors to consider before excavation projects is equipment quality. Of course, you should ensure any machine in the work zone fits your specific tasks. The other critical factor to consider is from what company you’re getting the gear. You only want hardware from reliable sources in the industry.
It takes time to do a background check on a vendor, but it’ll help you ensure your equipment will deliver the expected performance. Once you find reliable vendors, you can take a closer look at their products to ensure they’re ready to help your excavation run smoothly and professionally.