4 Tips for Better Excavation Safety
The construction industry is fraught with danger, whether that comes in the form of falling from a height or loss of control over equipment. However, there is one segment of the sector that consistently ranks as the most dangerous – excavations. Below, we’ll discuss four tips for better excavation safety for workers.
Shore Up Sides:
It is critical to conduct regular inspections of trenches and other open excavations to ensure that the sides remain protected from collapse. Sides should be shored up to prevent soil, stones and other debris from sliding down into the excavation atop workers.
Protect Against Falling Materials:
Excavations near other work areas are at risk for materials falling into or being dropped into them. This applies to everything from construction materials to tools to waste and debris. Make sure that all excavations are protected against the threat of falling materials, particularly when workers are present.
One of the greatest risks with excavation is that underground services not identified and mapped prior to digging will be encountered. Live power lines, water lines, sewer lines and gas lines are immensely risky. Always ensure that any area where excavation occurs has been thoroughly mapped.
Protect Against Exhaust Fumes:
Finally, exhaust fumes are heavier than air, meaning that they will sink toward the lowest elevation and then remain there for some time before dispersing. Generators, compressors, and other petrol and diesel-powered equipment should never be operated within close proximity of excavation works, or the fumes may settle into the trench and cause workers to be overcome.
Excavation safety is a vital part of overall construction site safety. High-quality, accredited training can provide workers and managers with the knowledge necessary to protect against these threats. We invite you to learn how CIF can help.