Just like any other work environment, vacuum excavation involves several hazards that can affect those within a particular workstation in one way or another. For that reason, it is important to take all the safety precautions that will ensure a safer working environment for all when undertaking tasks of this nature. Here are some safety precautions to observe when you are vacuum excavating.
Underground safety of vacuum excavation
Taking care of any underground infrastructure such as telephone and electric cables as well as water and gas pipelines is critical. That ensures that there is no disruption of these services within the areas surrounding the workstation. Hence potholing to identify the presence and location of such infrastructure before vacuum excavation is paramount.
Understanding rules and operational mechanisms
Engineers and workers taking part in vacuum excavation activities should undergo proper training through the help of professionals. That is imperative towards equipping them with the necessary ground rules as well as skills in operating various machines that perform tasks of this nature. Experts should not allow these individuals to engage in the real work without thorough training.
Since it is not always possible to decommission power lines before vacuum excavation activities start, it is important to observe electrical safety. Avoiding any electrical hazards is the solution in this case, which means there will be no short circuits, monitoring of equipment and machinery effectively and less manual digging. By taking these precautions, all workers will be safe from electrical hazards in general. Reach out to us for more information on our excavation services.