Entrust your excavation work to an experienced professional. The mechanical shovel is a delicate tool to handle.
Digging may seem fairly mundane, but it can be quite a complex and dangerous action. It’s always best to give yourexcavation work to a professional.
Otherwise, a person with no knowledge can cause a serious accident.
When it comes to digging a trench or a deep hole, there are rules to follow to ensure the safety of construction workers and other passers-by. These rules are the same and even if it is a mini excavation.
In order to ensure the success of the work, the excavation must be carried out meticulously and the contractor must know the different types of soils.
As an excavation expert, VOPAA Inc. has all the equipment and knowledge necessary to carry out an efficient and safe digging.
Repairing the foundation of a building requires extensive excavation. Generally, it is a trench 6 feet deep by 4 feet wide excavated by a mechanical shovel. An excavation of this depth can be very dangerous in the event that the contractor does not take the necessary precautions. When laying the French drains or repairing a crack the worker works with his back to the wall, i.e. in a very vulnerable position, so he must work in a very safe trench.
Here’s what the steps of an excavation look like for a complete foundation repair:
- Location of underground infrastructure
… later will come the earthworks
Location of underground infrastructure
Before starting any excavation work, the contractor must call excavation info. This is a freeunderground infrastructurelocation service. Without this service it is virtually impossible to know the exact location of a natural gas pipe, electrical wire or any other installation in the ground.
Everyone knows how very problematic it is to break up this kind of infrastructure because it provides a large number of buildings.
A very high fee is charged to the culprit of a break. The use of the “info excavation” location service is therefore essential before excavation projects.
For a safe excavation, as much space as possible must be cleared. It is necessary to remove all objects and structures around the building. Terraces are a good example as they are usually removed for the work.
The removal of this type of infrastructure is done with careful use of heavy equipment. It is still common for agents to build a new terrace after the work.
However, some infrastructures are too complex to uninstall, which sometimes requires manually excavating a section.
During a excavation, the operator of the mechanical shovel and his assistant are very vigilant since there is always a risk of breaking an unidentified underground infrastructure.
Excavation info is not aware of the underground elements installed by an individual.
It is therefore important to ask the agent to tell us if there are any other infrastructures that have not been identified.
The operator ensures that the trench is safe for everyone on site.
It must follow certain rules to avoid collapses. It is essential to excavate properly, as a 6-foot-deep trench can cause a serious accident if not properly executed.
Limiting access to the site with banners is another responsibility of the contractor in heavy work to warn passers-by that there is a danger in this area.
Despite the presence of such a trench, the client may remain in his residence during the work. VOPAA Inc. has the necessary equipment to keep them on site. Strong access is installed to maintain access to the entrance and exit of the house. This access is equipped with safety ramps to ensure safe traffic.
The action of backfill
The embankment is generally easier than excavation since the underground infrastructure has all been identified. It is still necessary to perform the manoeuvres meticulously so as not to damage the materials installed for repair.
During the construction of some houses, contractors may have put in poor quality embankment containing a lot of rocks. In a situation where the same embankment will be kept, a triage will be required to avoid burying large rocks near the foundation wall.
Nevertheless, the operator must be careful during the filling to prevent a big impact with the foundation wall. Although waterproofing membranes are robust, a strong impact of a rock can successfully pierce them.
The embankment must be distributed in a way that creates positive slopes to drain stormwater near the building.
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