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Heat Stress and Construction: Top Ways to Ensure Worker Safety

Heat Stress and Construction: Top Ways to Ensure Worker Safety

Heat Stress and Construction: Top Ways to Ensure Worker Safety

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. By understanding the causes and symptoms of heat stress, the number of people affected by heat stress can be drastically reduced. Click To Tweet

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.

Contact us to learn more about heat stress in the construction industry, or browse our dewatering products for your next project.

A Quick and Easy Guide to Inflatable Bladder Dam Installation

A Quick and Easy Guide to Inflatable Bladder Dam Installation

Inflatable bladder dams are the essential tool when you need a dry worksite for your project. These environmentally safe alternatives to sandbags and classic cofferdams. They are ideal for flood prevention, and other dewatering projects, such as concrete repairs, boat ramp repair and installation, pipeline construction, pool maintenance, and more. One of the best things about these effective tools is how easy and quick inflatable bladder dam installation is! Click To Tweet

Easy Inflatable Bladder Dam Installation

An inflatable bladder dam can be used on all terrains and in every scenario you encounter.  Here are three worksite scenarios that are perfect for inflatable bladder dams, and how to install them.

  1. Inflatable dams for dry surface projects
  2. Bladder dams for static water worksites
  3. Inflatable bladder dams for projects with moving water

1) Inflatable Dams for Dry Surface Projects

When using an inflatable bladder dam for dry surface projects installation is simple! Just roll it out and inflate it! This method is usually used prior to severe weather to prevent flooding.

2) Bladder Dams for Static Water Worksites

Many times, there is non-moving or standing water on a site that needs removal. This is typical of boat ramp work, pipeline construction, and other construction projects. In this case, the bladder dam barriers are buoyant and will float on the water’s surface. Simply place the bladder dam at the water’s edge and then unroll the dam. Position it where you need it to be and then simply fill it.

3) Inflatable Bladder Dams for Projects with Moving Water

There are instances when water is moving on your worksite, as with bridge repairs. When this occurs, it’s necessary to position the barriers by controlling the ends with hydraulic equipment such as a track hoe or crane. You may also need to anchor at least one end of the bladder dam to the shoreline.

Advantages of Inflatable Bladder Dams

Because inflatable bladder dams can be installed 3 to 5 times faster than traditional methods, you might be wasting time and money by using outdated and timely methods such as sandbags or other cofferdams. If you are looking to streamline operations and prevent your team from hassles, an inflatable bladder dam is a perfect option for your construction and dewatering needs.

Contact us to learn more about how easy and simple an inflatable bladder dam installation really is.

*Please note: These descriptions aren’t intended to be comprehensive installation instructions. They are simplified to give you an overview of the process. Your inflatable cofferdam provider will give you comprehensive instructions.

6 Ways to Cut Down Your Construction Costs

6 Ways to Cut Down Your Construction Costs

Operating a construction business costs money, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to cut costs. With careful planning and action, you can also help eliminate waste, decrease negative environmental impact, and boost your bottom line. Cutting costs doesn’t mean you have to give up quality. Click To Tweet

Cutting Construction Costs

Everyone wants to make the most money possible when they own a company, and the construction business is no different. Here are some top ways you can help cut down your construction costs without sacrificing a thing.

1) Create a Master Plan

Without a solid master plan, there is a higher likelihood that there will unnecessary spending. Make sure your plan includes management for time, costs, and quality, as well as contracts, safety, scope and more. A reliable project manager should monitor this plan and make sure it is updated through the entire construction process.

2) Hire Multi-Purpose Employees

It can be difficult to find good help, but it is important to find quality workers if you are looking to cut construction costs. Try to hire employees who have more than one skill and can be used in a myriad of areas.

3) Better Contract Negotiation

To help lessen the costs of supplies and other expenses, it is imperative you create good relationships with your vendors and negotiate contracts and prices. A long-term relationship can help you land discounts on supplies and services.

4) Reuse & Recycle

According to the EPA, more than 534 tons of construction debris end up in our landfill each year. By sticking to your master plan and not over-purchasing supplies, you can help cut back on waste. Try to find tools and supplies that are reusable or recyclable, like an inflatable cofferdam, to help cut costs, and also decrease your environmental impact.

5) Quality Tools & Supplies

Investing in quality tools and supplies will make a huge difference in your construction costs. If you purchase cheap tools, you will be replacing them and spending more money in the long run. For example, instead of wasting money on time-consuming sandbags for a dewatering project, an Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is not only reusable, but less time consuming, therefore cuts down on manpower, as well as being environmentally friendly.

6) Get High-Tech

While new technology might seem expensive at first, it can definitely cut construction costs in the long-term. There are so many new technologies available to help you streamline your construction projects so you can get the job done faster.

Construction Costs & Your Bottom Line

Cutting the high costs of construction can be done with proper planning, the right tools, and by following the above tips. Not only will you be helping boost your company’s bottom line, but also making a difference for our environment, too!

To learn more about how you can cut construction costs and boost your bottom line, Contact Us.

Construction Dewatering: A Project Manager’s Basic Checklist

Construction Dewatering: A Project Manager’s Basic Checklist

Managing any construction project can be challenging, but especially when the project needs construction site dewatering. With proper planning and a basic checklist, you can make sure that your construction dewatering project happens successfully. Click To Tweet

Checklist for Construction Dewatering Projects

Before you begin your construction dewatering project, it is imperative you have a solid plan and checklist to help you stay on task, keep workers safe, and ensure that you have all the proper equipment to get the job done. Here are some great tips on what to include in your basic checklist:

Formal Procedure Plan

As mentioned, a solid plan is the first step in a successful dewatering project. This formal procedure plan should include procedure requirements, relevant laws and regulations, as well as the concept design, groundwater monitoring documents, and anything else required for the project.

Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is an important part of the dewatering construction process and should be factored in for every dewatering project. A risk assessment will identify any existing or potential adverse effects to the environment or humans in the area or on the project. Risk identification and analysis is vital to keeping people, animals, and the environment safe.

Training Requirements

With construction dewatering being riskier and involved than a normal construction project, it is necessary to have a proper training plan in place and implemented in order to ensure the safety of those working on the site.

Dewatering Methods & Equipment

There are multiple methods of dewatering and it is best to choose the one that best fits your construction dewatering project. Some of the most commonly used equipment in dewatering are sump pumps and the Aqua-Barrier® inflatable cofferdams. Cofferdams are less time-consuming and expensive than the old-fashioned sandbag method used years ago. An inflatable cofferdam is instrumental in attaining a dry work site and is 3-5 times faster than other methods.

Disposal Options

Along with having a proper plan, a well-trained team, and the best equipment for the job, it is also important to understand which disposal options are available. Make sure to know what regulations require to determine the best disposal route.

Construction Dewatering Done Right

By making and sticking to a solid checklist, your dewatering project can happen without a hitch. Monitoring your plan and staying in communication with all involved will make sure your construction dewatering project is successful and safe for all involved.

To learn more about creating a basic checklist for your next dewatering project, Contact Us.

How to Keep Your Construction Project On Schedule

How to Keep Your Construction Project On Schedule

Keeping your construction project on schedule is vital to your profit and your company’s reputation. There are many things that can throw your schedule off, like adverse weather, unreliable workers, or unavailable resources. Almost all construction delays are preventable with proper planning. Click To Tweet

Staying on Schedule With Your Construction Project

Staying on schedule with your construction project can be challenging at times, but with careful planning and management, you can help keep your construction project on time and without issue. Here are five key considerations to keeping your construction project moving forward and staying on time.

Review Plans and Specs

Before you plan anything, review and familiarize yourself with every detail of the construction project. Coordinate with your project manufacturers and material suppliers, and also allow your subcontractors to review drawings and any other relevant documents.

Create a Master Plan

After you understand the full scope of the construction project, create a master plan and schedule to follow. Make sure to build slack-time into the plan for adverse weather, or anything else that might set you back. Assign estimated start and completion dates for each task, and then allocate the resources, labor, and equipment to give each task the ability to complete them efficiently.

Communication is Key

When it comes to staying on schedule, communication is key. Establish ways for subcontractors to alert you if there is something that is holding up their portion of the work, so you can adjust the work schedule and collaborate to increase productivity. Project collaboration and communication builds better relationships and ensures that everyone completes tasks on schedule.

Have Proper Tools & Materials

Having the proper tools and materials is another way to help your construction project stay on schedule. For example, if your construction project requires dewatering, using old-fashioned methods, such as earthen dams or sandbags can slow down progress. Make sure to use the best tools for the job, like the Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam to help save not only time but money, too.

Periodic Review of Progress

It is important to keep track of the progress of your construction project. Keep daily reports and schedule frequent meetings with all involved to identify areas of the project that might be falling behind. As your construction project progresses, make any necessary changes or updates to your master plan.

Keep Your Construction Project On Schedule

With careful planning and management, open communication, and using the best equipment for the job, you are certain to keep your construction project on schedule.

To learn more about how you can keep your construction project on schedule, Contact Us.

Preparing for an In-Water Repair

Preparing for an In-Water Repair

When construction projects require repairs in a body of water, it is important to understand what is required and how to successfully prepare. A repair requiring water work might include fixing a dam, constructing or repairing a boat ramp, repairing concrete, or inspecting or installing pipelines. It is imperative to learn what is involved to properly make these repairs without causing further damage or safety issues. Click To Tweet

Successful In-Water Repairs

While making in-water repairs might pose challenges, with proper planning and the right tools, your project will help save you time and money, while keeping workers safe.

Proper Planning

Before you begin your project, make sure you have assessed your needs. Take into account your project timeline and make sure you have all the equipment needed for a timely completion of the project. Consider the area around your project, and if it is at risk for erosion, be sure to take steps to protect the area around your work site.

Dewatering Solutions

Any project requiring in-water repair needs to be dewatered first in order to create a safe and dry environment. In the past, people would struggle with sandbags, or earth and rock-filled temporary cofferdams, but now inflatable cofferdams are the leading method for dewatering damaged areas and are instrumental in creating a dry work-space. Here are a few of the top benefits of using an inflatable cofferdam, like the Aqua-Barrier® on your next repair project:

  • Inflatable cofferdams offer easy installation and can be installed and removed 3-5 times faster than traditional versions
  • The Aqua-Barrier® environmentally friendly and reusable, making it cost effective
  • With its patented internal baffle system, the Aqua-Barrier® can withstand large amounts of water pressure on flat, as well as uneven surfaces
  • It provides a watertight enclosure that pumps out invasive water and leaving the ground dry

After the Dewatering Process

Once you have dewatered your project area, you are ready to haul in repair materials and get to work! Every project might be different, but an Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdam can successfully dewater them and help you stay on track with time and resources no matter how large your repair project is.

To learn more about how to prepare for an in-water repair, Contact Us.