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What Are The Important Excavation Safety Measures?


Excavation is the process of digging or clearing rock or soil from a site with the intent to create an open space.  It can be removing dirt & rock from around a buried object, such as an archaeological find, or the excavation of earth to construct a new structure.

In this article, JFR Construction Services will tell you about some important safety measures in excavation.

Top 5 Excavation Safety Measures

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  • Wear protective gear

It is important to wear protective gear on a site to ensure your safety in the event of an accident. Excavation sites have large equipment and machinery, as well as rocks, debris, and other waste material. Be sure to avoid being hurt by wearing the correct personal protective gear on the sites. 

  • Work with heavy machinery cautiously

Heavy machinery can be very dangerous if not operated with caution. There have been many cases where workers have been seriously injured or killed because they weren’t paying close attention to their equipment or they are not equipped to operate them.

It’s important to always be aware of your surroundings when working with heavy machinery & take extra precautions when moving or operating it. Never take risks when using heavy equipment, as the consequences could be deadly. Also, be sure that you have the required licenses to operate the equipment. 

  • Use signage & barricades.

When conducting an excavation, it’s important to use signage & barricades to warn people of danger zones. This will help to keep them safe & ensure that no one accidentally enters the site & gets hurt.

  • Follow excavation laws & regulations

Laws & regulations exist for a reason-to keep workers safe. By following the laws & regulations, you can avoid accidents and injuries and ensure that your construction project goes smoothly.

  • Don’t work alone

Laws mandate that you should never work alone. Working together improves project collaboration & cohesion among team members, reducing the likelihood of mistakes because more people are watching out for hazards during excavation.

It takes just one person getting injured for an entire project to come grinding to a halt, which would cost time and money and greatly increase the risk of injury to everyone involved in the excavation process.

The Bottom Line

These safety measures should be taken to prevent the site from becoming a hazard for people who work on it or visit it. At JFR Construction Services, excavation safety is our priority. We’ve listed the top five excavation safety measures that must be followed to avoid accidents & injuries in excavation work. 

If you want more information on these excavation tips or if you need help with your project, don’t hesitate to contact us at 512-750-4855! You can also check out our website for additional information about construction services and management.