Did you know that there are many guidelines that should be followed in order to complete a successful excavation? From safety to utilities, conditions to hazards, guidance when taking on a big project might just be the difference between a job well done, and a very large mess.
That is why East Texas Excavation wants to give you a comprehensive guide to help with your next excavation.
Of course, we prefer you to work with us, so you’ll know the job is done right, but even if you go with another company, we want you well informed of what to expect, as well as what checks your excavation company should be regularly performing.
Daily Excavation Checks
Every excavation should have daily checks by a ‘competent person’, meaning, someone who knows exactly what they are looking at, what they are looking for, and can write-off on the safety of the site after their check with some authority.
Any surface obstacles should be removed before excavation begins, barriers should be in place when needed, and verbal warning systems should be understood and implemented when there are hanging loads on site, large pits, or equipment nearing edges of excavation sites.
Utility & Hazard Checks
Cave-ins are the most common and dangerous hazard that excavation companies need to be wary of, as they can be caused by wet soil, loose soil, or even vibrations from construction equipment or nearby roads.
Each and every day, your excavation company should check the site for strength and the likelihood of a cave-in – and not just for the project’s safety, but for the safety of all workers on site as well.
Additionally, gasses released during digging or hitting utility lines can cause damage or cave-ins as well, which is why every excavation professional should check for utility lines with the correct authorities before ever beginning a dig.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our two most commonly asked questions happen to be some of the most commonly misunderstood areas in professional excavation, and that’s exactly what Est Texas Excavation decided it was time to lay them to rest, once and for all.
Interestingly enough, one of our common questions has a relatively short, sweet, and simple answer, however, the second is another story entirely.
What’s the Difference Between a Trench and an Excavation?
This is one of our favorite questions, mainly because it’s easy and clean – unlike most excavation jobs.
The main difference between ‘trenching’ and excavation is that a trench is deeper than it is wide, while excavation is a hol in the ground.
Put in other words, a trench is always considered an excavation, but not all excavations are trenches.
Trenches are used for laying utility lines often, which means a relatively narrow (but often deep) strip of soil must be removed, so that the utility line can be placed, and re-covered.
What Should I Do Before I Begin Excavation?
This is the granddaddy of all excavation questions, and one we at East Texas get often. Which is why we’ve put all of our answers and knowledge together to create the below list of steps you should (or your excavation expert) should take prior to digging.
- Identify the soil type, both for ease and safety reasons
- Check for legal requirements in your city or municipality
- Check (or call before you dig) for all buried utilities
- Be aware of any powerlines
- Make sure you can either avoid these utilities and lines, or they are turned off
- Have an updated list of emergency contacts for powerlines and utility services
- Search the areas around your excavation site for potential hazards
- Give your excavation or trench space to ensure that near buildings will not put pressure on its walls
- Test for hazardous dust or gasses
- Make sure safety measures are in place and understood, as well as debris removal plans
- Remove water from excavation site if possible
- Ensure all work permits are updated and legal, including ones for confined spaces if needed
- Have plans in place for unfavorable weather conditions
- Have an emergency plan and first aid kit available
Are You in Need of the East Texas Excavation Experts?
East Texas Excavation say it all in the name – we are your number one excavation experts and we can’t wait to get started on your next job!
Whether you need underground utility contractors, excavation, demolition, site development or more, we are your source for all information and your best bet to get the job done well, safely, and quickly.