While a dry worksite is essential for many construction and repair projects, there are some cases where it is not feasible to completely cut off the water flow. Sometimes, a project requires you to completely block off the water for the duration of your project, while others need a diversion to keep the water flowing smoothly while you work. Here are some helpful tips for successful water diversion on your next project.
Diverting Water for Construction Projects
Often, construction projects require work done across streams, rivers, or similar small bodies of water. Since these bodies of water cannot be fully blocked, water must be diverted to maintain a healthy flow. Some typical projects requiring water diversion are:
About Water Diversion
Sometimes a diversion is necessary for construction to ensure an isolated, dry project area. In some cases, water is temporarily rerouted in order to prevent or minimize contamination of clean surface waters. Water diversion also provides an effective method of sediment control. With water diversion, work zone sediment is prevented from entering the body of water, which is especially crucial when dewatering stormwater areas.
Best Method for Water Diversion
Working in water is one of the most complex construction scenarios imaginable, and an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam should be an essential component of your water diversion project. Easily deployed and completely portable, Aqua-Barrier® can be used in a variety of configurations to divert water, creating a dry work environment.
Construction Projects & Water Diversion
Inflatable bladder dams, like the Aqua-Barrier®, have quickly become the leading method for water diversion and dewatering in construction. They are easy to deploy, effective, and environmentally friendly. Consider investing in a water-inflated bladder dam for your future dewatering and diversion projects.
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Mining makes up a large part of our industry here in America. Natural gas, petroleum, and coal, sulfur, and gravel are all examples of minerals and resources we mined in our country. Mines prove useful from a few years to a few decades, but what happens after a mine is closed? Mine reclamation is a process that all mines must undertake when they are no longer functioning.
Mine Closure & Reclamation
It might not surprise you, but properly closing up a mine is a time-consuming process and could take years to complete. This is especially true if long-term water treatment or monitoring is necessary. When closing a mine, the following steps need to be taken:
- Shutting Down: Once all production has ended, contractors will remain to remove equipment and shut down operations.
- Decommissioning: Parts and equipment are removed and cleaned, pipelines are drained, structures and buildings are demolished, and waste is removed from the site.
- Reclamation/Remediation: This long process is designed to return the land to a satisfactory standard and to ensure that close by water sources have acceptable water quality. Reclamation workers need to remove hazardous materials from the site, as well as surrounding trees, grasses, and topsoil.
- Post-Closure: After closing, continuous monitoring needs to be in place to show whether reclamation processes were successful. This long-term maintenance process might involve treatment of mine discharge water, and occasional monitoring of the effects of the residues left behind.
As one would imagine, many mines are below the groundwater level and they can affect groundwater if not properly treated. These mines need to be dewatered in order to prevent operational problems or contaminated water. For a successful mine dewatering operation, it is imperative to set in place groundwater control strategies like pit or mine pumping, and perimeter dewatering to catch lateral groundwater flow to lower levels. Utilizing an Aqua–Barrier® inflatable cofferdam can make your mine dewatering safer, as well as more cost-effective.
Decommissioned Mines and Reclamation Programs
Mine reclamation can be easier with the proper tools like mini-excavators, dredgers, and inflatable cofferdams, especially when you are working below groundwater level. It takes a lot of work and planning to properly decommission a mine, so make sure to learn and follow your state and federal laws pertaining to the process.
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Even though summer is winding down doesn’t mean the temperatures will be dropping anytime soon. In Texas, extreme heat sticks around for a little longer and it can cause issues for those working long hours in the hot sun doing construction work or manual labor. It is important that companies and workers are properly educated on heat stress to properly ensure their worker’s safety.
Staying Safe from Heat Stress
Heat-related illnesses affect thousands of people and kill more than 15 people in the construction industry each year. Heat can make anyone sick, but for those who are overweight, have high blood pressure, or those on certain prescriptions and over-the-counter medications are even more at risk.
Causes of Heat Stress
Construction laborers are at particular risk of heat-related illness because they work in high temperatures and humidities, and are at many times, exposed to direct sun. Construction workers are also involved in heavy physical labor and typically wear a lot of heavy, protective clothing that also heats them up.
Symptoms of Heat Stress
Heat stress causes a host of negative conditions and illnesses that can range from cramping, mild heat exhaustion, irritability and headaches to confusion, loss of consciousness, heat stroke or even death. If a worker ceases to sweat and begins to feel cold, it is imperative that health measures are taken to prevent worsening.
Ensuring Worker Safety from Extreme Heat
Employers can do a lot to help ensure worker safety in the extreme heat. Here are some important precautions that need to be implemented in order to protect workers from excessive heat:
- Require rest breaks in shaded and cool areas. Air-conditioned spaces or areas with fans can help cool workers down.
- Provide cool water to drink and encourage workers to drink five to seven ounces every 15-20 minutes.
- When possible, assign work to be done in the shade until the temperatures cool off a bit.
- Schedule the heavy work during the cooler part of the day.
- Suggest that workers wear lighter colored clothes in lightweight fabrics.
- Give additional breaks to workers wearing protective clothing.
- Have workers occasionally check their heart rates and temperatures.
Heat Stress on the Construction Site
Precautions must be taken by the employees and employers when it comes to staying safe in working in hot environments. With proper education and setting up guidelines for working in the heat, you can help your workers avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and other heat issues that plague those at greater risk.
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Construction work is always risky, but bridge repair projects put workers at an even heightened danger. In fact, according to OSHA, over 14,000 workers are killed on the job per year. And, with more than 56,000 bridges in America deemed structurally insufficient in 2017, more and more workers will be finding opportunity in fixing these outdated structures.
Safe Bridge Repair Projects
Keeping workers safe on bridge repair projects takes the right tools and planning. Check out these three safety considerations for bridge repair projects to see what protective gear and equipment can help keep workers safe on the job.
- Specialized Bridge Access Equipment
- Dewatering and Diversion Equipment
- Eye, Face, and Foot Protection
1) Specialized Bridge Access Equipment
One of the top risks of working on bridge repair is falling from a high level to a lower one. Make sure to provide workers with equipment specifically designed for bridge work like bridgewalkers, hydra platforms, and UBITs, rather than retrofitting other equipment that isn’t meant for bridge repair.
2) Dewatering and Diversion Equipment
Many bridges take people over rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water and these bridge repair projects typically require dewatering or water diversion. Be sure to use equipment specialized just for this task, like the Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam. Aqua-Barrier® can be installed 3-5 faster than other older, traditional methods. You can save significant time in the dewatering process and complete your bridge repair projects better and faster than your competition.
3) Eye, Face, and Foot Protection
OSHA requires bridge workers to wear proper safety protection to help prevent injuries. Bridge repair work puts workers at risk for eye and facial injuries because foreign particles from welding, grinding, cutting, or working with concrete can occur, as well as facial damage from extreme winds, dangerous chemicals, smoke, or electrical work. Foot protection is just as important and the correct shoes are important to help prevent slips, falls, and safety from electrical discharge.
Bride Repair & Dewatering Solutions
There are, of course, more safety measures and equipment that can help keep workers safe while doing bridge repair, but these three considerations can help prevent bridge repair related injuries and accidental deaths. Using the best equipment for the project (and used correctly) will help reduce workplace risks and make the job safer. You owe it to your valued employees to do all you can to protect them on the job.
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An Aqua-Barrier® is the essential tool when you are working on a dewatering project. These inflatable dams are used in a variety of jobs including the construction of boat ramps, bridges, dams, for concrete repair, pipeline construction and more.
Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam Facts
The Aqua-Barrier® inflatable cofferdam is an essential tool in many construction projects, but there are some interesting facts that many people aren’t aware of. Here are six Aqua-Barrier® facts that just might surprise you!
1) Withstand Invasive Waters
You know that cofferdams can help stop the flow of water, but did you know that they can actually withstand invasive flood waters? The pounding waves from floods can cause severe damage, but the internal baffle system locks into place, making the perfect barrier, even with the pressures of invasive water.
2) Easy to Install
One might think an inflatable dam might be difficult to install, but it’s quite the opposite! The Aqua-Barrier® can be installed in two easy and basic ways depending on if the water is moving or still. The inner baffle is filled with water, inflating the dam in minutes, creating a safe barrier around your home, workplace, or construction site.
3) Cost Effective
You might think that it would cost a bundle to use an Aqua-Barrier®, but it will actually save you money! Prior to inflatable dams, most people opted for sand-bags. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the cost of using sandbags averages around $5.00 per sandbag and most use around 34 sandbags per foot. This cost adds up with the cost of materials along with the time and manpower used, too.
4) Eco-Friendly Alternative
An Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is the environmentally friendly alternative to other traditional dewatering and flood prevention methods. It is reusable and can easily be stored when not in use. It takes roughly 20 minutes to install and is also quick to put away.
5) Versatile Locations
One of the top reasons for using an Aqua-Barrier® inflatable dam is because it can successfully be installed and used on any type of terrain in any location. All that is typically needed is a pump and an abundance of water and it will be inflated and working in no time at all.
6) Stopping Wildfires
Not only do Aqua-Barrier® inflatable water dams help prevent flooding and erosion, they are also an ideal tool for stopping wildfires in drought-stricken areas. The inflatable dam can be filled and used as a water storage in areas where fires are expected.
Staying Dry with Inflated Cofferdams
A water inflated cofferdam is the most effective tool for protecting your business or your home. With it being so affordable and easy to install, it is the optimal choice when looking for dewatering solutions.
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