A Property Owners’ Handy Pre-Excavation Checklist

A Property Owners’ Handy Pre-Excavation Checklist

A Property Owners’ Handy Pre-Excavation Checklist


Some projects that entail excavation can be quite complicated and time-consuming. It is for these very reasons that many homeowners turn to professional excavation contractors to help them finish this task in a manner that inspires fine workmanship, and ensure that other pending tasks are started in a timely fashion.


However, it does not mean that if you hire an excavation contractor, you can leave everything up to them. If you have done your due diligence in finding a reputable contractor, you can end up saving money and time. However, you can also take a proactive approach and help the contractor perform the task at hand. What can you do? Here’s a nifty pre-excavation checklist.


Enlisting other specialists


Once you have chosen your excavation contractor, one of the first things that you can do is to hire specialists in detecting underground wires and pipes that may be inadvertently damaged during the excavation process.


Alternatively, you can contact utility firms and enquire about the actual position of their underground facilities that may cross beneath your property. Although you or your contractor may gain access to plans or site drawings, take note that these may not necessarily be updated.


Checking heavy equipment operator qualifications


In order to facilitate the quick performance of the task at hand, excavation contractors utilise heavy equipment like front-end loaders, skid-steer loaders, excavators, dozers, front-end loaders and backhoes. A reputable contractor will make sure that the personnel operating these heavy machineries have the appropriate training and other qualifications. On the other hand, if you are simply hiring the heavy equipment instead of enlisting the aid of a trusted contractor, it is your responsibility to check whether these operators have the necessary qualifications.


Safety first


While experienced excavation contractors and their personnel are aware of the dangers of their jobs and have been properly trained to handle emergencies, some may fall into the trap of complacency, thinking that your project is just another typical job.


Rather than simply watching the contractor’s personnel perform their jobs, you can help bolster safety at the job site through some measures. These include making sure that: heavy equipment is used properly to promote safety and prevent damage to people and property; the necessary precautions against collapses and falls are put into place; and the appropriate safety equipment is used, especially in confined spaces and for access ways.


It is also worthwhile to call upon the contractor to regularly check soil quality, which may compromise the safety of the personnel working on the job site and even the timely completion of the project. This may allow the contractor to put into place various solutions that can prevent a potential issue from worsening.