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Dewatering Tips for Construction Sites

Dewatering Tips for Construction Sites

Dewatering Tips for Construction Sites

If you work in construction, you know that dewatering is needed on nearly all projects. Water needs to be removed from these sites to create a safer work environment, help prevent erosion, and also protect the environment. Need to dewater your next project site? Consider these 4 dewatering tips prior to starting your next construction project. Click To Tweet

What Dewatering Tips Can Help Ensure a Successful Construction Project?

To ensure a successful construction project which requires dewatering, it is important to make sure you have a solid plan, safety training, and risk assessment plan. When you follow these four tips for dewatering, you can make sure everyone stays safe while you get the job done.

  1. Start With a Plan
  2. Factor in Risk Assessment
  3. Implement Safety Training
  4. Choose the Best Equipment

1) Always Have a Plan

Creating a solid plan is the first step in a successful dewatering project. This 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.

2) Factor in Risk Assessment

Safety should always be a factor when it comes to a construction project, and especially when it comes to the dewatering process. A risk assessment will identify any existing or potential adverse effects to the environment or humans in the area or on the project.

ProTip: Risk identification and analysis are vital to keeping people, animals, and the environment safe when dewatering a construction site.

3) Implement Safety Training

With construction dewatering being riskier and more 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.

4) Choose the Best Equipment

For a successful dewatering project, it is important to use the best equipment for the job. An Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Water Dam is the perfect tool for many dewatering and construction projects and is a more environmentally friendly and safe alternative to other traditional dewatering methods.

Successful Dewatering for Construction Sites

By making and sticking to a solid checklist, keeping staff well-trained, and using the best tools for the project, dewatering 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.

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5 Solutions to Flooding

5 Solutions to Flooding

No matter where you live, natural disasters like flooding are something to contend with. If you aren’t properly prepared, it could prove detrimental to your company. Worried about this year's flood seasons and wondering how to get your business ready? These 5 solutions can help keep your assets dry. Click To Tweet

What Steps Can I Take to Protect My Business From Flooding?

When you are appropriately ready with flood insurance, a solid risk assessment plan, and useful tools like an Aqua-Barrier® Water Inflated Dam, you can be less likely to experience damage to your business and assets. Here are five ways to make sure you are prepared for the next flood in your area.

  1. Flood Insurance
  2. Risk Assessment Plan
  3. Metal Flood Barriers
  4. Aqua-Barrier® Water Inflated Dam
  5. Always Be Prepared

1) Flood Insurance

It is imperative that you get flood coverage for your business–just in case. Typically, property insurance does not cover floods, so make sure to get the additional coverage through the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program.

2) Risk Assessment Plan

Creating a risk assessment plan should be a top priority when it comes to your business. Consider what needs to happen if there is flooding and get a plan of action in case employees are unable to make it to work. To prepare for a flood, consider an evacuation plan, as well as what items, materials, and equipment might be at risk, and how to best keep them safe during a flooding disaster.

3) Metal Flood Barriers

A metal flood barrier can be a great way to help shield your business from high-velocity water loads. These highly resistant metal flooding protection systems have a long and effective flood barrier in flood-prone areas all over the world.

ProTip: Metal flood barriers can be installed across specific openings or as a perimeter defense to help protect from flooding.

4) Aqua-Barrier® Water Inflated Dam

The Aqua-Barrier® is the ultimate flood barrier for commercial areas. Using an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam to guard your business by placing it around the premises will help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property. The Aqua-Barrier® is less timely to use compared to sandbags and is the environmentally friendly approach to flood protection.

5) Always Be Prepared

Minimizing potential water damage comes down to always being prepared. You can help keep your commercial company safe by keeping routine maintenance, such as keeping gutters and drains cleared, and that sump pumps are always in working order.

Top Solutions to Flood Prevention

The more prepared you are for a flood by creating a solid risk assessment plan and having the best tools ready, you can help protect your business from going underwater when floods are a threat.

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When to Consider Shoreline Restoration

When to Consider Shoreline Restoration

If you own a contracting company or work in the construction field, you are well aware that many projects are in or around shorelines. Carrying out the project can damage or disrupt the shoreline, causing erosion and the possible destruction of our precious shorelines. Does your next construction project require dewatering solutions? If so, you may need to consider shoreline restoration. Click To Tweet

What Projects Require the Use of Shoreline Restoration Techniques?

Employing shoreline restoration techniques can be beneficial in a number of construction fields and projects. It is important to consider shoreline restoration when dealing with many dewatering projects, such as pipeline construction, bridge and dam projects, and for sediment control. Here are five times that shoreline restoration needs to be taken into consideration:

  1. Shoreline Erosion and Stabilization
  2. Sediment Control
  3. Bridge and Dam Projects
  4. Pipeline Construction
  5. Ecosystem Restoration

1) Shoreline Erosion and Stabilization

Erosion occurs by the removal of coastal land that has been supplanted by water. It can be caused by storms, high winds, improper irrigation, and construction projects that disrupt the shoreline.

2) Sediment Control

It is important that developers and builders take into consideration sediment to help prevent erosion. When the soil and shorelines are disturbed, it can lead to a loss of habitat, blocked stormwater drains, public health issues, and an increased risk of flooding.

3) Bridge and Dam Projects

Because bridge and dam construction or repair projects require dewatering and are located along shorelines, they are an important time to use shoreline restoration techniques and practices.

4) Pipeline Construction

Many times, pipeline construction projects and inspections are performed in the water, and therefore the shoreline needs to be taken into consideration.

5) Ecosystem Restoration

When it comes to keeping shorelines healthy and the ecosystem thriving, it is imperative that control measures are installed before excavation or site disturbance occurs. Construction projects and natural weather disturbances can cause harm to the shoreline. When it comes time to performing restoration techniques, be sure you are using the best tools for the job.

ProTip: The Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Cofferdam allows you to create a temporary dam in order to get a dry workspace to begin a shoreline stabilization project–without having to worry about flooding surrounding areas.

Shoreline Restoration and the Aqua Barrier® Water Inflated Dam

It is the job of the builder or developer to consider shoreline restoration and take reasonable care to prevent material (soil, sand, litter) from leaving construction sites. This can be achieved by using proper dewatering technique and using the best tools available, like the Aqua Barrier® Water Inflated Dam. Traditional sandbags can actually cause more damage to the shoreline, so using a cofferdam is the best option for any shoreline restoration project.

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How to Plan for Long Term Flood Prevention

How to Plan for Long Term Flood Prevention

Weather can be very unpredictable, especially if you live in an area that is prone to flooding and other weather disasters. Floods are relatively common in coastal regions and it is important that you are ready and prepared in order to prevent any damage to your commercial property. In 2017 alone, damages from floods caused by Hurricane Harvey costs over $125 billion dollars in damage. Don’t let your business be destroyed by floods. Follow these simple tips to create a flood protection plan. Click To Tweet

Floods can cause extensive damage not only to your property but can also cause loss of business, a disruption of inventory and contents, too. It is imperative that you have a solid risk management plan, proper flood protection for your property, and you are prepared for the worst.

Risk Assessment Plan

Creating a risk assessment plan should be a top priority when it comes to your business. You never know when a flood will occur. Consider what needs to happen if there is flooding and get a plan of action in case employees are unable to make it to work. Likewise, consider what items, materials, and equipment might be at risk, as well, and how to best keep them safe during the flooding disaster.

Flood Protection

Flood protection is the number one thing to consider when it comes to keeping your business safe from flooding. Make sure to have adequate flood insurance to allow your company to recover if flood damage should occur. Have a flood plan in place in case the flooding happens during working hours, and make sure you have all the tools to help protect your business. For example, an Aqua-Barrier® Water-Inflated Dam is the perfect tool to help keep your business safe. Using Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam to guard your business by placing it around the premises will help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property.

ProTip: The Aqua-Barrier® is the ultimate flood barrier and way to keep your business safe in commercial areas.

Flood Preparedness

If you do not properly prepare for a flood beforehand, there is not much you can do once the flooding begins. Being prepared can help keep your assets and employees safe, and protect your business from the extreme damage floods are known to cause. Be sure to backup all documents and files offsite, store things off the ground and have a clear evacuation route planned that all employees are familiar with.

Proper Flood Protection

No matter where you are, your business might be affected by a flood risk. By planning and having the right flood protection in place, you can make sure that you are properly prepared and protected for rising flood waters.

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3 Construction Safety Goals to Set for 2019

3 Construction Safety Goals to Set for 2019

2019 has rolled in and what better time to set some new goals for the new year? If you run a construction company, setting a goal for a safer year should be a top priority. Include these 3 safety goals into your construction plan this year to ensure 2019 is safe and injury-free. Click To Tweet

Your Construction Safety Goals

According to OSHA, construction is a dangerous industry. In fact, they found that 5,190 construction workers were killed on the job in 2016. This can be changed by setting construction safety goals for 2019 and making sure that you adopt these three objectives for your company in the new year.

Create a Culture of Safety

One of the top ways to achieve construction safety at your company is to create a culture of safety. Safety trickles down from the top, so leaders need to create a culture of safety as top priority. Everyone from the newest recruit through the CEO needs to have a safety-first mindset.

ProTip: To create a culture of safety, be sure to constantly communicate the importance and need for safety and make sure safety measures are always being implemented and followed.

Ongoing Safety Training

To help enforce a company culture of safety, it is imperative that your construction company offers and requires ongoing safety training. By holding ongoing training classes, safe habits can be reinforced and new safety techniques and procedures can be learned.

Safer Tools for the Job

Workers should always be wearing their personal protective equipment (PPE), such as heavy steel-toed boots, eye protection, gloves, hard hats, or whatever else is needed to keep workers safe from harm. Along with the required use of PPE, having the best tools for the job also helps cut down on injury and makes the worksite safer. For example, if working in an area that requires dewatering, don’t waste time on cumbersome sandbags that can cause back pain, opt for an inflatable cofferdam that can be set up quicker and safer.

Staying Safe in 2019

By making sure you set these above intentions for your construction company this year, and by using the best equipment for the project (and used correctly), you can help reduce workplace risks and make everyone’s job safer. You owe it to your valued employees to do all you can to protect them on the job. By setting a construction safety goal in 2019, you can be sure to create a safe place for them to work.

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