United Rentals + Excavation Safety
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United Rentals Paving Pour – June 2019
Submitted by Butch Floyd, Safety Manager
Kudos to Jason Rinaldi, Carlos Diaz, Dave Weaver, Edward Cliff, Prince Hannah, Kirt Brace and the entire crew on a successful paving pour.
Division 110 – Studio Park
Parking Deck Topping Off – June 28, 2019
8 Questions to Ask about Every Excavation
Every excavation must be inspected by an Excavation Competent Person BEFORE any work may begin in an excavation. The Competent Person must check for numerous hazards that could affect workers inside of the excavation. For example:
- Is the dirt cohesive? What type soil is it?
- Is the dirt too wet to hold or is there a high-water table?
- Are there any utility lines or other type of fill materials in the excavation?
- Is rain in the immediate forecast and if so, what effect will it have on the excavation?
- Are there any vehicle or pedestrians in the immediate area that need to be warned/barricaded?
- Is there any undermining of existing foundations, buildings, or paving, etc.?
- Is there anything in the area of the excavation causing excessive vibrations that could cause a collapse?
- Do we need sloping, benching, shoring, or trench boxes?
A Competent Person must inspect the excavation every day prior to work beginning and after any event such as rain that could change the excavation.
If you have questions about excavations or ideas about training, contact your local safety manager.
Have a happy & safe 4th of July!