6 Excavation Safety Mistakes To Avoid To Minimize Hazards At Your Worksite

Safety procedures need to be carefully followed during excavations to protect workers and others in close proximity to a worksite from hazardous situations. You need to carefully lay out safety rules and stick to them for every excavation job to prevent hazards.

The following are six excavation mistakes you need to avoid at your worksites to ensure safety.

1. Not placing safety wrap around pipelines or other utility lines in the ground

One of the best ways to keep things safe when excavations need to be performed near pipelines and other utility lines is by wrapping sensitive pipes with safety wrap.

Safety wrap helps to protect pipe coatings and makes it so that excavations can be carried out without compromising the strength and integrity of pipelines. 

2. Failing to have a list of pre-excavation tasks to take care of beforehand

Preparation is important for keeping excavations safe. A variety of pre-excavation tasks need to be taken care of so that the site is prepped for excavation and hazards are avoided.

Before excavation, removing superficial dirt and soils and locating utility lines are important preparation tasks that need to be handled. A detailed list of pre-excavation measures should be created and gone through before every excavation job.

3. Allowing vehicles and heavy equipment to get too close to the trench location

One of the most important things to do to avoid hazards on an excavation site is to keep vehicles and heavy equipment far enough away from excavation trenches. 

Every subcontractor and staff member around an excavation site needs to be notified of how far away vehicles need to be kept to avoid the risk of trench collapse or unstable vehicle placement while excavations are going on.

4. Not designating a staff member for general oversight

When excavations are carried out, it's always a good idea to designate a general overseer who can coordinate the enforcement of safety precautions. This ensures that there is at least one dedicated staff member focused on safety and who can provide consultation and compile safety data on the excavation site.

5. Undergoing excavation without first testing soil stability

An excavation should never be carried out unless soil around the site has been carefully examined and verified to offer adequate stability. A soil expert should be brought in to conduct tests and analyze soil before the excavation dig begins.

6. Being unfamiliar with tolerance zone regulations

Every state enforces requirements on tolerance zones around excavation sites. Tolerance zones are areas on both sides of utility lines where special precautions need to be taken during excavation to preventability line damage.

It's important to follow state regulations regarding tolerance zones both to keep sites safe and also to protect a company conducting excavation work from liabilities or penalization for violating regulations. For more information, contact a company like B.C.K. Specialties, Inc.

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Hi there, my name is Trixie Pratts. I am excited to share my knowledge about heavy equipment maintenance and repair. As a young child, I always loved to check out the different types of equipment used on heavy construction sites. The equipment used on the sites often includes cranes, dump trucks, excavators, and cement mixers. All of the machinery requires regular maintenance to stay in good shape, especially in such a dirty environment. For example, the engine, transmission, and suspension components often require fluid changes to keep the components running as expected. When something goes wrong, technicians must quickly repair the equipment to keep the job on schedule. I will explore heavy machinery maintenance and repair in more detail on this site. Please come back again soon.