If you’re planning a construction project, then one of the most important aspects is going to be digging the initial trench for the building foundations. It’s a dangerous and difficult step that requires an experienced hand and the right experience. If you’re thinking about renting some equipment and going it alone, then you should definitely have a read of this article first. We’re going to list many of the hazards that can cause injury and damage to equipment. Provided that you are fully aware of the risks, then you can do what you want to do. However, after having read this, you may prefer to hire the professionals to come in and get the job done for you!
1 – Trenches can cave in quite easily
Without the proper protective systems in place, such as trenching and sloping, your ditch can quite easily cave in! And of course, the weather can certainly contribute towards this risk, like heavy rainfall for example. As such, it is important that you know how to dig a trench appropriately, put the relevant safety measures in place and be entirely aware of when it is safe to work.
2 – Flying debris is a common occurrence
Soil and stones might not sound too threatening, but if a large load is accidentally dropped on you, then you’re going to have a bad time. And of course, there is always the risk of having debris catch you in the eye as well. Don’t forget your eye protection!
3 – Tripping or falling into the excavation
It might sound unlikely to you, as you may well be sure-footed, but is everyone on your team? The fact is, accidents can happen, and, in that event, serious injury can occur.
4 – Flooding
Water can accumulate in a trench, causing it to flood. This can become a serious hazard.
5 – Contact with overhead powerlines / underground utilities
You must be aware of everything around you at all times—this means mapping out your surroundings and ensuring that you know of where absolutely every utility is. The last thing you need is to cut through an overhead power line, or to accidentally burst a water pipe.
6 – Slips & trips
Machinery gets wet and dirty and slips and trips can happen. As such, the proper maintenance is required to ensure that nobody gets hurt when handling or accessing heavy machinery.
7 – Being struck by heavy equipment
Heavy equipment can cause serious injury, particularly if it’s on the edge of your trench when it caves in. In addition to that, if you’re inexperienced with an excavator, it’s not uncommon for people to be accidentally struck over the head with a swinging bucket. Be careful!
Hire the professionals
You don’t have to suffer these hazards on your own! In fact, if you hire an established company like Webers Excavations, you won’t have to at all. They can come in and take care of absolutely everything on your behalf. An experienced excavation firm will have all of the equipment, experience, and insurances, to come in and do so safely and responsibly. It’s certainly worth thinking about!