Whether there is a need for a new foundation or if new lines need to be installed underground, trenching and excavation will be crucial in the construction industry. Trenching and excavating activities are routine, but even routine activities can be dangerous if the tasks are not properly executed by a professional.
This may seem obvious, but it is critically important to remember that numerous hazards come with trenching and excavating jobs. Some jobs are likely to be more fatal to workers. Soil weighs about 2,200 pounds per cubic yard, which can equal the same weight as your vehicle. Pre-planning and taking protective measures are greatly important to excavation work.
Many on-site incidents are the result of insufficient planning. When mistakes have to be corrected throughout the project, it can significantly slow down the operations, and this will often result in additional costs being added to the project. The consequences of dangers and hazards are too damaging to ignore, and businesses of all sizes will need to ensure they follow the proper measures and protocols to ensure safety when it comes to trenching and excavation.
According to excavation standards dictated by OSHA, a competent person will inspect a trench on a daily basis. Trenches between 0 feet and 5 feet deep will be determined by that competent person. Any trench that is discovered to be over 5 feet deep will need to have their own protective system unless the excavation is made entirely in stable rock.
A protective system can include shielding, shoring, and sloping. Protective systems can be used to protect workers from excavation and trenching accidents, including cave-ins. There will be no one-size-fits-all protective system for all excavation sites. Each excavation site will need a protective system that matches the soil.
In order to avoid cave-ins and collapses, preventative measures will always need to be followed. A solid response plan is also needed in order to take action in the event of an accident. Landowners, commercial owners, and homeowners will find themselves in need of an excavation service for various reasons.
As tempting as it may be to take part in a DIY on excavation, clearing, landscaping, etc., the safest thing for you to do is to hire a professional excavation service. In order for your excavation or clearing project to be a success, you will need to have a foundation that is well-prepared and a solid plan in place.
You can avoid unnecessary risks, hazards, damages, and increasing financial costs by choosing to hire a professional excavation service. If you are in need of excavation services, please do not hesitate to contact 4 Warriors Hydro Excavating today.