With more than 19 million miles of buried utilities in the United States, there are plenty of obstacles to navigate around when performing an excavation project. While services such as One-Call are a great starting point at identifying a utility’s location, exposing a utility is the only sure way to know where that valuable infrastructure truly lies.
Preventive maintenance (PM) is as much about safety as it is about maintaining equipment to improve its life. Contractors realize that if they want their equipment to last a long time, they must establish a preventive maintenance schedule to ensure that oil and other fluids are changed as required, the air pressure in tires is checked regularly, tune-ups and adjustments are performed, etc.
Many people don’t appreciate the weight of soil. One cubic foot of soil weighs between 90 and 140 lbs. Just one cubic yard of soil (27 cubic ft), weighs between 2,430 and 3,780 lbs. The human body isn’t designed to accept the trauma of having that much weight fall on it. The deaths and injuries result from suffocation, crushing, drowning, loss of circulation and objects rolling or falling into the trench or excavation.
Most companies like yours have a written safety program that spells out the company’s safety policies, procedures and responsibilities. However there is a dilemma with written safety programs, which could cause a lot of problems for a company, especially if that company is involved in an OSHA hearing or some form of litigation related to safety.
Perhaps one of the most easily recognizable machines on any jobsite, excavators have a unique design that makes them ideal for tasks like demolition, material handling, digging, grading and dredging. From compact models weighing as little as 2 tons to massive, 36-ton behemoths, excavators have proven themselves to be indispensable tools for contractors all over the world.
How effective are your equipment inspections? In a perfect world, equipment operators should be inspecting their equipment each day before using it — but do they actually perform this very important task? Daily inspections are not only essential to the life of the machine, but also for the safety of the operator and the crew.
Safety management is not just a job — it is an honorable profession. Safety professionals and practitioners are all of the safety managers, directors and coordinators currently working for companies today. They do not have to be certified, nor do they need a lot of letters after their names, but it is to their advantage and to that of the companies they work for to have certification.