Excavation Essentials: 10 Steps To Ensure A Safe Construction Site!

Excavation Essentials: 10 Steps To Ensure A Safe Construction Site!

Excavation site accidents can result in fatal accidents for the unskilled or unprepared. There’s no need to display site preparation success or team project completions when a minor slip in attention might result in severe injury or worse!

Be it any construction job, MEP projects, underground utilities, structural evaluations, site grading, or excavation, always value the lives of your team-mates and be a vigilant advocate of site safety!

1. Wear Proper Protective Gear:

Please ensure that all construction workers have received their protection equipment (PPE) kits. Elaborate on the gear’s wear and discuss the harness’s function, the tools needed in the holster, and the significance of wearing a hardhat. In tandem with workplace safety, observe Covid-19 safety measures.

2. Revise SOPs for the Worksite:

Because hazards are unique to worksites and operations, site personnel must receive proper instructions regarding their responsibilities, shifts, communication, and what to do in the event of a workplace accident. It’s a legal requirement that guarantees staff safety.

3. Keep the Site Clean:

Excavation sites are never pristine. Don’t be fooled by the risks of an uncovered space, whether it’s a high- or low-risk excavation project. Keep the area clean before the next shift begins; try not to block escape routes with the mess.

4. Stick To Your Teams:

Maintain safety standards, support excellent labor spirit, and be a team player. Implement good examples and safe on-site working procedures. Ensure your actions are not putting people at risk.

5. Follow the Safety Instructions:

During the induction safety instructions, pay attention. If you’ve been given a risk assessment of your present job duties, make any necessary modifications.

6. Keep Both Eyes & Ears Open:

Some of the most severe accidents include cave-ins, equipment collisions, electrical shocks, underground utility damage, penetrative trauma, and so on. When using mobile equipment on site, be attentive to your surroundings.

7. Report Any Risks Assessed Immediately:

If you find an on-site hazard that was not previously considered, complete a near-miss report of the event and have your supervisor handle it. Do not procrastinate; your warning may prevent someone else from suffering a severe injury.

8. Do Not Tamper with Equipment:

Do not attempt to repair an equipment problem unless you have received adequate training, clearance, or a certification in equipment-specific calibration. Always get authorization before calibrating equipment.

9. Use The Appropriate Tools:

Do not use CAPEX equipment unless you have the authorization to perform a procedure. Follow the wattage requirements, use the correct equipment, and avoid making draft changes in an emergency.

10. Question When Confused:

If you have any concerns with regards to your on-site responsibilities, look into your induction guide or seek a second opinion from your site supervisor. Suppose you’re the boss; contact experts in the field if confused. Don’t let a lapse of judgment or confusion result in lives lost on your watch.

At C&J Construction, we are fully aware of the dangers of collapsing retention walls in excavation and construction projects. Even though our specialty is excavating, we take all necessary measures with worksite safety by following the industry best-practices. 

If you are planning on an erection or construction project in Mokena, IL, please get in touch with us to assist with the site preparation formalities. You are welcome to check our services and our reasonable no-obligation quotes.