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Clearing a construction site
April 16, 2022

The Importance of Clearing a Construction Site Safely

A construction site is a busy place from the get-go. It can be easy for a project to start chaotically and never really recover. However, an organized site is vital for everything to run smoothly. If things aren’t correctly organized, then it’s easy to lose sight of your deadline. Even worse, somebody could get injured because of unsafe practices. 

However, an organized construction site can quickly resolve any issues that crop up. It’s a safer and smoother way to work. Ideally, this attitude should be present at every stage of the construction process, including site clearing. 

Paperwork First

While the paperwork side of things is often one of the biggest headaches, it’s also necessary for the project to go forward. Between land use permits, insurance, and other legal paperwork, once all of the paperwork is out of the way, you can start work without having to worry about things getting halted prematurely. 

One important step that you shouldn’t ignore is the land survey. If a building of the same type already existed on that land, then it’s likely safe to work on. Even so, it’s worth looking into any potential issues that could crop up during construction or once the building is complete.

Debris and Waste

Loose debris and waste should be cleared from the site as quickly as possible. This debris is a hazard, as it gets in the way and forces people to work around it. Working around something causes workers to take risks and work incorrectly. 

Instead, clear the site of any loose debris or waste right away. You may be able to recycle some of the debris or even reuse it, depending on the nature of the work. If not, put it in a designated area or skip and get it out of the way.

Training and Equipment

Site clearing and demolition can sometimes be seen as a job that you can be lax with. After all, it’s easier to take something apart than put it together, right? Well, it isn’t necessarily easier to take something apart safely and without causing unnecessary damage or extra work.

This is where training comes into things. Just as you would ensure that your workers are highly trained when building something, they should also be trained in safe and effective deconstruction. This will help you to work more quickly, efficiently, and without risking someone’s health. If workers are careful, they may also be able to preserve components that can be reused or recycled. 

Depending on the site, you may have to contend with a building to demolish, land to move, or concrete to break up and remove. These tasks require some hefty equipment, including excavators with concrete breaking attachments.

Another option is to hire an excavation services contractor. This means that you can outsource to a skilled and highly qualified team, that has the equipment required to complete the job. This may work out as cheaper than hiring or purchasing extra equipment and then training your workers on how to use it. You’re also guaranteed to have a clean slate to work from. 

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