As an excavation contractor, there are certain risks associated with your job. You just never know what you may run into when you are digging beneath the visible surface of the Earth. As a heavy equipment operator, no matter what type of excavating project it is that you are on, it is your job to be alert to things that could turn up with every scoop of ground that you pull up. Here are a few of the most common things to be aware of while you are on the job.
Water and Sewage Lines
Hitting a water main during an excavation job can create one huge mess and make your job take a lot longer than it should. Sewage lines left undetected can be an all out nightmare and a safety concern for the entire neighborhood because they can leak out waste and bio-hazardous material into the ground. Therefore, it is important that you make sure you have a local water company come out and mark any lines that may be in the way of the excavation project.
Natural Gas Delivery Lines
Throughout Canadian provinces, natural gas delivery lines can be found routing needed resources to homes and businesses. It is vital that you know the location of these lines before you begin excavation. Get in touch with local gas companies to mark the ground with flags and provide consultation during the job to prevent damaging one of these buried lines. Damaging a gas line during construction is extremely dangerous for everyone at the work site and the residents in surrounding areas.
As strange as it may sound, it is not at all uncommon to unearth human remains during an investigation. In fact, in 2013 an old burial ground was found in Ottawa while completing a water main upgrade, according to CBC News of Ottawa. In the event that you do come across skeletal remains, your project must halt and appropriate measures will have to be taken in order to remove and investigate. If you dig up a creepy surprise while excavating, it is best to contact local authorities right away.
Staying alert on the job is one of the most important things that you can do as an excavating contractor. It is not always easy to plan for everything that will be found in the ground and therefore, it is your job to keep your eyes peeled at all times.
For more information about the precautions you must take during an excavation project, contact a company like Hawker Construction.