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in America deemed structurally insufficient in 2017, more and more workers will be finding opportunity in fixing these outdated structures.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.
Contact us to learn more about the best ways to keep your worksite safe during a bridge repair project.
How the Aqua-Barrier® Compares to Other Temporary Cofferdams
Safe and reliable: The patented internal baffle provides the most stable and safe system on the market
Engineering: Aqua-Barriers are backed by engineering data (Master Spec, Engineer Stamp, Aqua comp Software)
Convenience: Manufacturing – Sales – Service – Repair … all in one place by a TEAM that has almost 50 years of experience cumulatively
Versatile: restrain water, contain water, divert water, frac and hydra testing, flood protection, erosion control, turbidity — we have done it all !
Unique qualities: No other water inflated dam has a patented internal baffle. It is unique to Aqua-Barrier and Hydrological Solution’s products as are the fittings and accessories
Reusable: Aqua-Barriers are designed for multiple uses and are infield repairable without replacement components
Labor reduction: The exclusive accessories – lifting loops / fill ports / drain ports / work in combination to reduce man-hours which results in savings during install and removal
World-Wide: Our products are sold world-wide and all are made in the USA
Service: our TEAM responds quickly to serve you with minimal wait time and that service does not end at POS – we are available throughout your project to give you the benefit of our experience and knowledge.
Our Aqua-Barrier® temporary cofferdams are best in class and work well for various industries. Contact us to learn more about how our system can benefit your next dewatering project.
The Water-Inflated Cofferdam: A Dewatering Solution For Many Industries
5 Key Benefits of a Water Filled Cofferdam
Whether you are laying pipes in a river or lake bed, performing maintenance on an underwater structure, or building a bridge, dewatering the worksite is a must. Cofferdams are widely used for this purpose and come in many shapes and forms. Water filled cofferdams have become a popular choice in many industries due to the many benefits associated with this type of solution.
Why Choose a Water Filled Cofferdam?
If you have never used a water filled cofferdam before for your projects, you may be wondering how it is different and how it compares to using sandbags or other types of cofferdams.
Here are 5 Key Benefits of using a Water Filled Cofferdam for your Next Project:
ONE: Water filled cofferdams are easy to fill and quick to install.
This type of cofferdam solution goes up very quickly and easily because the water does all the work.
TWO: Fill material is available in abundance on site
Water is readily available on site so you never have to worry about carrying enough fill material with you to set it up.
THREE: Molds perfectly to physical environment
Water is pliable and flexible. When you fill the cofferdam, it forms to the river bed, lake bed, or other environment with no resistance.
FOUR: Forms airtight seal to prevent water escape
With sandbags and other materials, you run the risk of water escaping through the cracks. With a water-filled cofferdam, this risk is eliminated due to the nature of the seal that is formed when it is installed.
FIVE: Eco-friendly, no environmental footprint
Water filled cofferdams are reusable and have no environmental impact. Not only does this reduce product waste, but also saves money as they do not have to be replaced often.
At Hydrological Solutions, we are experts on water filled cofferdams. Our Aqua-Barriers® are built to help provide our customers the peace of mind they deserve when working in sensitive conditions. For more information about Aqua-Barriers® Cofferdam, please visit our FAQ. If you’re interested in our effective inflatable cofferdam solution, give us a call at 936-372-1222 or toll free at 800-245-0199. We look forward to hearing from you.