Excavation services are a necessary part of major construction jobs. The scope of these excavation projects can vary from digging footings for small buildings to transporting millions of cubic yards of earth. Because of both the massive scale and importance of these excavation jobs, it’s essential that safety is marinated throughout each task until completion. Whether you’re working with civil construction contractors or staffing a construction site with your own team, if you’re performing excavation services, safety must be your number one priority.
Here are some important things to remember when it comes to construction site safety.
Before any excavation project begins, it’s important that any person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) performs a risk management survey. Without going through a risk management process, the entire construction site is in jeopardy of something going wrong and each employee is at risk of being seriously injured. PCBUs must take a look at every inch of a work site in order to ensure workplace safety. Beyond that, you should go over all the risks involved with falling into specific excavations, being trapped by the collapse of an excavation, and with being exposed to airborne contaminants while working on a particular construction site.
Safe methods for excavation services
After you’ve identified all the risks associated with working on an excavation site, it’s time to implement safe workplace measures. Go over every major hazard relating to the work and risks to health and safety with all employees on-site. Be sure to take into account any specific circumstances that could impact any excavation site or further jeopardize any other employee.
While working on excavation projects, though above ground threats are real and much more frequent, underground safety still must be maintained. Be sure to identify any pipes, cables, or other items that could cause problems during the excavation job. Don’t just identify the location, either; figure out the depth and weight of any of these underground items.
If you want to learn more about excavation safety or need professional assistance from civil construction companies, contact Brown Bros., Inc. today.