Some Common Trenching & Excavation Safety Hazards!

If you are into construction or are associated to it, you must already know that trenching and excavations are a regular part of it. However, if you look into the latest statistics and news, trenching has led to a lot of jobsite hazards and will continue to do so. By hazard, we also mean fatalities involved here. It is that serious! If you understand all the risks and problems associated to excavating and trenching, it is only then these hazards can be prevented. If you are confused, there is only a slight difference between trench and excavation. Trenches are a type of narrow excavation, which do not exceed 15 feet, while excavations are deep. Having said that, if you are new in business or are venturing into it, you must know about the safety hazards that can occur, so you can prepare beforehand. Let’s look at the most common ones. 

Cave-ins: 

Trench collapses and there is quite a given fact. Nobody can predict how and when it is going to collapse, most of the times. This means that we you don’t know the chances of it collapsing, you don’t know if your workers going inside will remain safe or not. Thus, it means that trench collapses are dangerous and a common threat to your worker security.  What can be done is either you can opt for excavator hire Springvale, so all the unnecessary debris can be removed beforehand and it wouldn’t become life-threatening in that case. Or, you can seek help from professional engineers and keep them in the loop to analyse the situation. What really happens is they analyse the soil composition to check what are the chances of the area around getting damaged or collapsing. Once they find that out, a proper system is implemented with support, slopes and shields prevent the collateral damage. Not just this, but before the start of every shift, and especially during the times when the weather is unpredictable, the excavation area is inspected for further digging and work. This way, you are preventing any fatalities and serious injuries from happening to your workers in advance.

On-site Hazards: 

Just as the site giving in is quite common, similar to it are all the potential on-site hazards. The construction vehicles like the backhoe loaders and dump trucks are prone to accidents at excavation sites. All in all, every mobile equipment that is being used can cause damage and get damaged as well. Most of the times all the people and the labor are working in their own sync and the coordination might not do well. The operators can have an obstructed view due to many factors, and while approaching the perimeter of the excavation area, they might not be able to detect. For such conditions, it is necessary that you have flagger that is especially designed to direct the path to the mobile operator. This will help against the accidents of any workers on the line of duty and can also prevent the machine and the operator from falling into the trench. Your workers should also be directed to stay away from the vehicle and when the material is being loaded or unloaded, they should specifically be cautious about their whereabouts. In some circumstances, the flying debris can also result in injuries, so a protective gear and vests are necessary for those who have to stay close. There should be safety signage all along the perimeter of the excavation area too. The barriers can alert the workers that the associated area is dangerous and can result in falling load injuries. 

Hitting Utility Lines: 

If the construction is happening in an already populated area, there are chances that the municipal infrastructure can be damaged, if not properly taken care of. If the local utility companies aren’t contacted prior to the excavation, the workers can hit natural gas lines or worse get electrocuted. Thus, it is necessary that you talk to your local utility companies, so they can help you with the infrastructure mapping. As we have already said, you don’t want to face the loss of life, loss of equipment and loss of your project due to negligence. Any of these can be extremely fatal.