Indeed, the dawn of a new day in the world of contracting on certain projects receiving federal financial assistance has arisen. And for those who choose to dwell in the days of the past and ignore the mandates of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, the consequences can be life altering.
When working below ground-level, safety is a top concern. Dirt doesn’t really have a conscious, and it won’t care if people are in a trench when it decides to cave in. That’s why trench safety equipment is more important than the job itself, and companies like National Trench Safety (NTS) have dedicated time, equipment and money to the cause.
Even with easy-to-access maintenance features, a compact excavator that is running a large job or project will unfortunately often miss routine maintenance checks. All maintenance is important for extending the life and integrity of a machine, and there are a few routine procedures that should never fall to the wayside — no matter how busy the job.
Safe work is efficient work and efficient work is profitable work. Any contractor who’s been around the track a few times knows that these statements are true. The “P&L effect” of a safe work environment, and the importance of OSHA compliance, are equally good reasons to choose the most effective training program for your workers.
In 1978, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) mandated the use of a trench protection system for all excavations deeper than 5 ft. And 35 years later, trench safety is just as important with protection systems being used on jobsites all across the country.
When you are checking competitive excavator specs, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Manufacturers will publish lift capacities with or without a bucket. If you are comparing excavators, the excavator with no bucket weight will have a lopsided view in lift capacity as opposed to the excavator that has a bucket.