Excavators are some of the hardest-working machines on any jobsite. Throughout the spring, summer and fall, these workhorses perform a variety of tasks, from digging to placing pipeline. When the weather turns cold, a new set of challenges face excavator owners and operators. Like most diesel-powered equipment, excavators need special attention for wintertime use and storage.
Whether needed for site preparation, digging, trenching, installing or site cleanup, backhoe loaders are handy to have on any underground utility project. Public and private utility companies often use backhoe loaders, over dedicated machines, when it comes to installing new or repairing existing underground utility lines as a way to save time and money.
Another year has flown by here at the Utility Contractor headquarters, and it was another busy one for our crew. Between covering tradeshows (like the behemoth that is bauma) and understanding exactly who was doing what to reach Tier 4 Final deadlines, we’re ready for a little R&R over holiday break.
More than 20 NUCA of Colorado members, including family members, volunteered to do light repairs and heavy cleaning at the 45-room Ronald McDonald House in Aurora, Colo., on Nov. 9. Ronald McDonald House Charities provide a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized children at little or no cost.
Last month, NUCA members flocked to Fajardo, Puerto Rico, for the association’s Fall Leadership Conference held Oct. 2-5 at the El Conquistador Resort. Attendees experienced three days of meetings, presentations, networking and time to explore the picturesque property. Check out the photos on the next two pages for a recap of the event.
In an age of abundance, the utility market faces scarcity and a thirst for solutions. As one example of this thirst, the torrential rains and severe flooding in Colorado offer insights. Prior to the flooding, the Northern Colorado infrastructure market was mature, with modest activity except for the Niobrara oil and gas exploration.
GPS grading tools provide significant jumps in productivity — allowing users to accomplish grading tasks faster with lower material usage, fewer personnel and better control of material costs. Changes over the last few years include fully automated grading, more new machines with GPS pre-installed and aftermarket installations becoming more commonplace.
Faulty workmanship is a risk that specialty contractors, such as utility and excavation contractors, face with each project they take on. Problems can come from a variety of factors and often take years to arise. For this reason, utility and excavation contractors need insurance coverages built for their unique exposures.