No matter how many trenching, shoring, and backfilling jobs an employer has done in the past, it is important to approach each new job with care and preparation. Many on-the-job incidents result from inadequate initial planning. Waiting until after the work starts to correct mistakes in shoring or sloping slows down the operation, adds to […]
Excavation & Trenching Safety
Read posts about Excavation & Trenching Safety from Ron Meyer & Associates Excavating, West Michigan excavation contractors.
When done safely, trenching & excavation operations can reduce worker exposure to other potential hazards include falls, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, and incidents involving equipment. To maintain a safe trenching & excavation work environment, here are 10 tips to help with access and egress safety on the job site as outlined by OSHA. Keep heavy […]
OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation is a high agency priority. NUCA and OSHA have teamed up again this year for their annual trench safety program. Almost 48,000 industry and NUCA member company employees participated in last year’s TSSD. What is a Safety Stand Down? A Safety Stand Down presents the opportunity for […]
Utility color codes are used to identify existing underground utilities in construction areas, to protect them from damage during excavation. Colored lines, flags, or both are used to mark the location and denote the type of underground utility. A special type of spray paint, which works when the can is upside-down, is used to mark […]
Helpful information for excavation contractors on how to recognize a gas or petroleum leak including what you might see, hear, or smell. What you might see if there is a gas or petroleum leak You might see Natural Gas Natural Gas Liquids Petroleum Gas Crude Oil Refined Products Brown patches in vegetation on or near […]
If you make contact with a pipeline If your equipment makes contact with the utility line, stop your excavation and contact the utility company immediately. This includes if you nick, dent, gouge, cut, scrape, or scratch the pipeline coating, or if you damage a valve box or tracer wire connected to a gas facility. Call […]