Excavation and trenching are the unglamorous but highly vital parts of having a functional Newport Coast, CA, landscape. Both these jobs are specialized and fraught with potential for danger for workers and clients, which makes it important to choose the right contractor with the right equipment and experience.
Excavating is required for all manner of design elements in landscaping. You might need to excavate land for a primary feature such as a swimming pool or for more pragmatic purposes such as creating a strong foundation for patios, driveways, sheds or garages. Excavation is also a vital component of creating proper drainage solutions such as in-ground drainage pipe that can significantly enhance the longevity of your landscape. Trenches can serve a similar purpose of routing or collecting excess water in a planned manner to prevent soil erosion.
So why exactly is excavating considered a dangerous job? The reasons are many fold but one of the most common and treacherous is cave-ins. Cave-ins occur when one or more of the walls in an excavated cavity collapses and traps workers under a mountain of soil. Having the right equipment, training and expertise can mitigate this threat, especially the correct use of support systems such as trench boxes.
Experience counts heavily in this particular area too, especially when it comes to analyzing the type and quality of the soil. In addition to this, workers are also properly trained in the correct methods of entrance and egress into an excavation site, thereby minimizing the risk of bodily harm due to tripping or falling. Cordoning off the excavation site and keeping it well lit during the night is also important to mitigate risk to unwary homeowners.
The other common danger associated with carrying out excavations in yards is the close proximity of heavy equipment to workers. The time it take to excavate land has been drastically reduced thanks to excavators, bulldozers and tractors. However, without the proper training for equipment operators as well as workers working around the equipment, the probability of accidents increases dramatically. Proper worker training and excellent communication are two vital aspects of preventing accidents, as is the use of high visibility vests. Having vigorous training regimes and an experienced crew can significantly reduce the dangers of working around heavy equipment, ensuring the job is carried out quickly but safely.
Last but not least, we have the issue of equipment coming in contact with gas and electric utility lines running underground. Piercing these lines can create a fire hazard and possibly electrocute equipment operators. To prevent this, it is ensured that all utility lines are identified and clearly marked beforehand, and having expert knowledge of what depths different types of utility lines are placed at is vital. As a safety measure, all house mains are closed and the local utility companies are contacted beforehand to mitigate the chances of disaster.
All in all, safety should always be the foremost priority for any excavation or trenching job. Although the right equipment and checks beforehand are important, there is no replacement for proper worker training and instilling protocols to ensure safety in the excavation site, which makes an experienced, well trained crew an invaluable asset for this dangerous job.