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4 Boat Ramp Construction Safety Guidelines

4 Boat Ramp Construction Safety Guidelines

4 Boat Ramp Construction Safety Guidelines

Many construction projects require dewatering in order to reach the areas that need repairs, and building a boat ramp is certainly no exception. Boat ramp construction carries with it the added risk of working literally in a large body of water, with just a small area dewatered and portioned out for the construction work. With this in mind, safety becomes an absolute priority for yourself and your coworkers.

A boat ramp construction project implies having a large body of water nearby. How can you protect yourself and your worksite? Use these #BoatRamp construction safety guidelines. Click To Tweet

Creating a Safe Work Environment

As you work to keep your final product up to a high standard of safety for future users, make sure to pay the same close attention to your employees and your own safety. Keep these essential safety tips in mind as you work:

  1. Maintain your equipment
  2. Train your employees thoroughly
  3. Use a quality dewatering method
  4. Keep the worksite clean and safe

1) Maintain Your Equipment

An unfortunately high percentage of workplace accidents are caused by faulty equipment. The best way to combat this problem is through simple equipment maintenance. Keep an eye on your machines and replace any faulty parts immediately. If your inflatable cofferdam springs a leak, have it patched as soon as possible. Keep everything in perfect working order to prevent an accident.

2) Train Your Employees Thoroughly

Of course, even brand new equipment isn’t any good if your employees don’t know how to safely use it. On top of that, any system updates or new additions to your equipment set confuse even experienced construction workers. What’s the best solution? A near-constant training plan. Anytime your plan or equipment set changes, keep your employees fully informed and knowledgeable on how to handle everything.

Pro Tip: Even if nothing has changed, have your employees periodically take a test to demonstrate they still know how to handle all your construction equipment. Forgetting a critical piece of knowledge could lead to disaster.

3) Use a Quality Dewatering Method

Building a boat ramp requires a significant amount of dewatering to be done before work can truly begin. To both speed the process along and ensure your crew’s safety once the water has been removed, use a high-quality dewatering method such as the Aqua-Barrier. Drain the water from your worksite and use an inflatable tube to hold it all back!

4) Keep the Worksite Clean and Safe

Finally, keep the work site clear of debris. Left unattended, trash and other hazardous substances can prove to be tripping hazards or, worse, damaging to your sensitive construction equipment. You can avoid this hazard by making sure the construction site is clear at the end of every shift and making sure any and all debris is removed quickly.

Promote Safety During Your Construction Projects

Building a boat ramp already comes with a long list of important factors to consider, including the types and sizes of boats that will use the ramp, their turning radius, the water depth, and much more. Of course, the safety of the users is paramount. But long before the ramp is complete, make sure to give consideration to keeping yourself and your construction crew safe during the building process.

Connect with us to learn more about boat ramp construction safety and workplace safety in general for your future projects.

Why Choose a Water-Inflated Cofferdam for Boat Ramp Construction?

Why Choose a Water-Inflated Cofferdam for Boat Ramp Construction?

Boat ramp construction projects take place in an area normally submerged in water. Clearly, the construction crew will require a reliable dewatering solution and water barrier to keep the work area safe and dry. For a time-sensitive project, a quickly installed solution will be very helpful.

A water-filled cofferdam such as the Aqua-Barrier provides a quick, cost-effective, safe solution for boat ramp construction projects. This inflatable dam will more than prove its worth to your construction crew.

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Environmentally Friendly

Sandbags, perhaps the most common flood barriers, aren’t always as effective as you might think. Worse, they often must be disposed of as hazardous waste since there’s no way to know what they came in contact with in the water. A steel or concrete cofferdam also generates plenty of waste that must be hauled away. Meanwhile, an Aqua-Barrier provides a simple cleanup experience: just deflate it, roll it up, and pack it away for the next project! An inflatable cofferdam all but eliminates the waste left behind by holding back water.


Concrete cofferdams or sandbags aren’t cheap. Add in the cost of providing new water barriers for every construction project, and the price climbs quickly. On the other hand, an Aqua-Barrier could save you money on both fronts. Not only are they generally half the price of a traditional cofferdam (use this cost calculator to see for yourself), but inflatable dams are also reusable. Their durable vinyl material stands up to enough abuse that the same inflatable barrier can be used many times before repairs or replacements are needed.

Pro Tip: For an even more convenient experience, rent an inflatable cofferdam instead of buying one! Spend less and get the same services for your project.

Fast Installation

Typical water barriers can require an extensive amount of time to properly install, not even considering the dewatering process itself. With proper installation techniques, an Aqua-Barrier can be set up in far less time. Even better, the barrier itself performs the dewatering by inflating full of water, keeping the construction site dry and the rest of the water at bay. This quality product won’t force you to delay construction!

An Excellent Solution for Boat Ramp Construction

An Aqua-Barrier presents the perfect solution for boat ramp construction work. With a perfect balance of price, speed, and environmental protection, this inflatable dam will help your construction project stay on track and keep your work area protected from water damage.

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3 Dewatering Solutions for Boat Ramp Construction

3 Dewatering Solutions for Boat Ramp Construction

Regardless if your boat ramp is for public or residential use, it’s critical to ensure that it’s being properly maintained. If your boat ramp is deteriorating, it could cause damage to boats and even injuries to passengers. Boat ramps must be built to withstand the elements and support the weight of various boat types and shapes. Whether you are repairing a boat ramp or building a new one, one of your biggest challenges will be to keep the construction site dry. Here are three possible solutions. Click To Tweet

What are the Best Dewatering Solutions for Boat Ramp Construction Projects?

Construction can be impossible if water is preventing you from accessing the boat ramp. That’s where dewatering the ramp area comes into play. People have been dewatering sites for construction for centuries. Here are some possible dewatering solutions for you to consider:

  1. Traditional Sandbags
  2. Conventional Cofferdams
  3. Aqua Barrier® Inflatable Water Dams

1) Traditional Sandbags

Sandbags have been traditionally used in construction projects for years. However, transporting them to the site can be pretty difficult. You either have to transport the heavy sandbags or fill them on site. After that process is complete, you’ll need to strategically place them around the boat ramp. Once you’ve finished, there is still the possibility of water leaking through the cracks. While sandbags work in some applications, technology has advanced to provide better dewatering alternatives.

2) Conventional Cofferdams

Cofferdams are another dewatering solution that have been used throughout the centuries. They can be made from a variety of materials such as wood, sheet metal, concrete, and more. Traditional cofferdams require a holding tank to displace the water temporarily. Furthermore, installing and dismantling them takes manpower, time, and heavy equipment.

3) Aqua Barrier® Inflatable Water Dams

A cost-effective dewatering solution is the Aqua Barrier® inflatable dam. They require a much shorter installation time. (Typically, 3-5 times less time than conventional cofferdams.) Moreover, they don’t need a holding tank, because innovative technology allows them to inflate with water. Aqua barrier® inflatable water dams can be used in rocky areas without harming fish and wildlife. They provide a safe and eco-friendly solution for your dewatering needs.

Pro Tip: If you want to reduce the time it takes to dewater your boat construction site, consider the Aqua Barrier® solution.

Timely Boat Ramp Construction

Time is of the essence for construction projects. Every minute wasted is essentially money being wasted. If you’re looking to increase the efficiency and productivity of your project while reducing the amount of money spent on dewatering, then Aqua Barrier® is perfect for you.

Would you like to know more about dewatering solutions for construction projects? Contact us to speak with our experts today.

Your Guide to Boat Ramp Renovation

Your Guide to Boat Ramp Renovation

Nothing lasts forever and that includes boat ramps, too. Through years of use, a boat ramp can deteriorate or break apart and become dangerous, making it unsafe to use. When the structure of your boat ramp is compromised, it's time for a renovation. Click To Tweet

Renovating a Boat Ramp

Whether the boat ramp is for private or public boating access, it is imperative there is a safe ramp that can handle different types and sizes of boats. During the renovation process, it is important to make sure to take certain guidelines into consideration. Here is a quick guide to help you on your next boat ramp renovation.

Boat Ramp Site Considerations

Before you begin your renovation process, you need to take into consideration what the ramp is being used for, site accessibility, the water depth, and siltation rates. Make sure to analyze the impact of aquatic plants, as well as the fish and wildlife. Make sure you have correct permits in place before you begin as well.

Construction Specifications

A proper site plan needs to coordinated so you don’t run into issues of the boat landing being too small, not enough turning radius, or the parking area being too small. Once you have your site plan, it is important to create a ramp design. The size of your ramp is an important factor and needs to accommodate boats and trailers of all sizes. Make sure to figure the slope and width, and take into consideration the area around the ramp, too. Ramps around rivers or angled may have silt issues if stabilized ditches are not placed along the sides of the ramp to catch runoff after heavy rains.

Dewatering Process

To accurately perform a boat ramp renovation, dewatering the area is a top priority. There are a few dewatering methods, but an inflatable dam is a safe and environmentally friendly method that is safe and cost-effective. Cofferdams come in a variety of sizes and can work in water up to six feet deep. An Aqua Barrier® Inflatable Water Dam works well in rocky surfaces and gives you the edge on competitors.

Ramp Construction

Once you have dewatered the area of renovation, it is time to remove the old boat ramp and begin your new ramp construction. There are multiple ways to construct a concrete boat ramp, so decide which method will work best for your project. Make sure to choose good quality materials and construction methods, following specifications on the site plan.

Boat Ramp Renovation

The design of your site, the boat ramp plan, and the materials and tools you use will all impact your construction and maintenance costs. By careful planning and using environmentally friendly tools, like the inflatable water dam, your boat renovation project will be completed without any issues.

To learn more about how you can perform a successful boat ramp renovation, Contact Us.

Dewatering Your Worksite for Boat Ramp Construction & Repair

boat ramp constructionWant an edge on your competition when bidding on boat ramp construction projects? Boat ramps are best constructed on-site. However, the difficulty of working in the water makes dewatering the ramp area necessary for best results. Choosing the best dewatering method will shorten your construction time and may make the difference in winning more bids.

Traditional Options for Dewatering Your Worksite


Many rush to sandbags anytime water is a challenge to a construction project. This solution can work, but it also comes with some specific challenges that can mean more time and money. The bags will have to either be filled up with sand onsite or transported prefilled to the site. You will also have to manually place the bags in place. After all of that work, you will also still have the risk of water escaping through cracks.

Traditional Cofferdams

A traditional cofferdam will require the use of a retention pool to hold the displaced water until the project is complete. You will need time to set up the cofferdam. You will need additional time to create a space for the retention pool and to drain the water. It will require more money for tools and supplies as well.

The best way to construct the underwater section of a ramp is to cofferdam the ramp area, pump out the water, place (pour) and finish the ramp in the dray (cast-in-place.) This method provides the best horizontal and vertical control of the slab. (VA Game and Inland Fisheries)

Water-filled Cofferdam: The Smarter Option

The Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is a water-filled solution that improves on traditional methods in several ways. This inflatable dam for boat ramp construction brings savings in both time and money. Consider the following:

Sophisticated Internal Baffle System

Our patented internal baffle system locks into place when the barrier is exposed to uneven water pressure. This allows the Aqua-Barrier® to be used in various ways to help prevent invasive waters from entering sensitive areas.

Quick and Easy to Install

This solution goes up quickly because the water does all the work. The very water you need to control is used to fill the cofferdam. This eliminates the need to transport fill material and reduces the time and effort needed to drain the water.

Forms Airtight Seal

Gone is the risk of water escaping through the cracks. An airtight seal is formed as the water fills the cofferdam, ensuring no water will get into the site during construction.

Molds to Physical Environment

Large boulders and uneven waterbeds will cause no delays in installation as the water forms to the environment without resistance.

Environmentally Friendly

Aqua-Barriers® are reusable and leave no environmental impact. This reduces product waste and saves money as they need not be replaced often.

 Aqua-Barrier is Your Competitive Edge for Boat Ramp Construction & Repair

Simplify the dewatering process for your boat ramp construction projects with Aqua-Barrier®, a safe and cost-effective way to install a boat ramp. Why not enjoy savings in time and money and a boost to your competitive edge? Contact Us for more information on how a water filled cofferdam can help speed up your boat ramp construction or repair projects.