Pipelines are essential to our world, carrying everything from water to natural gas for the modern home. Naturally, construction crews spend a good amount of time perfecting each pipeline to ensure it’s up to code and safe. It’s also important to make sure the construction crew stays safe during the job, especially if the pipe is partially underwater and the area requires dewatering.
At a pipeline construction site, safety is a high priority. Work that requires dewatering can especially present a challenge. As you prepare to start work on a pipeline project, keep these safety tips in mind to protect yourself and your coworkers:
Stay alert and aware
Use personal protective equipment
Follow standard excavation procedures
Continue safety training
1) Stay Alert and Aware
Carelessness or distractions can easily lead to injury in a construction zone. To best combat this danger, stay alert and encourage your coworkers to do the same. Maintain a constant awareness of everything around you and watch where you step.
2) Use Personal Protective Equipment
PPE may be seen as cumbersome or unnecessary, especially in less hazardous construction settings. However, it’s important to consider the potential consequences of ignoring your protective gear. If a heavy pipe drops on your feet, you’ll be grateful for those steel-toed boots! Even if feels inconvenient, don’t forget to wear your personal protective equipment.
Some protective equipment can be applied to the rest of your construction site. During a nighttime job, you’ll be grateful for huge industrial lights rather than just having to carry a flashlight, or reflective tape to increase your visibility to others. Research the most practical types of protective equipment for your site and make sure to make good use of them.
3) Follow Standard Excavation Procedures
Standard construction procedures are standard for a reason. These tried-and-true methods have been proven to be safe and effective. To maintain a safe work environment, your best bet is to stick as close to the standard as possible.
Pro Tip: As with any digging project, call 811 to ask about buried utility lines before work begins. The last thing you need to deal with during a project is extra costs and work from damaged underground lines.
4) Continue Safety Training
Safely training should never truly stop. Even after the initial classes are finished, keep yourself and your coworkers up-to-date on any new potential dangers or new methods of construction work. Similar to staying alert on the job, keeping aware of industry standards will also contribute immensely toward maintaining a safe work environment. Make sure everyone knows how to use an inflatable barrier for your project, how to use the construction equipment properly, what to do in an emergency, and more.
Staying Safe on the Job
The best way to maintain a high standard of pipeline construction safety is simply to not take chances. Stick to the safety standards you’ve already been observing, and continue promoting safe practices and habits on the job. The fewer risks you take, the better.
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An underwater pipe in need of repairspresents a challenge to the average construction crew. Before any work can begin, the crew has to dewater the entire area and set up a barrier so they can work in safety. Typical dewatering methods and barriers won’t help a great deal in this case.
For underwater pipeline construction, a water-inflated bladder dam such as the Aqua-Barrier offers a faster, cheaper, cleaner solution than most go-to barriers. An inflatable cofferdam can even reduce waste during your project. Here’s why an inflatable barrier is an ideal choice for a pipeline construction project.
A steel cofferdam or wall of sandbags requires at least a full workday or longer to set up, costing you valuable time and allowing any damage to worsen. On the other hand, an Aqua-Barrier can be unrolled and inflated to its full capacity in much less time. It’s also fully portable! Once you’re done at one construction site, deflate your cofferdam and move on to the next one.
Keep Costs Low
Since an inflatable cofferdam is reusable, you won’t have to invest in a new barrier for each construction project. Just buy a new cofferdam and use it for years to come. Not only will you save money over time, but you’ll save on your initial purchase as well. An Aqua-Barrier typically costs about half the price as its steel or concrete cousins!
Pro Tip: Use a cost calculator to see how much you’ll be saving by choosing an inflatable cofferdam rather than a steel or concrete barrier.
Compared to sandbags or traditional cofferdams, an Aqua-Barrier is surprisingly environmentally friendly. Just fill it up with the very water you’re barricading against, and drain it when your project is finished. There’s no trash or hazardous waste to haul away as sandbags would produce. An inflatable cofferdam is one dewatering solution you don’t have to clean up after!
The Perfect Dewatering Solution
For a pipeline construction project, the Aqua-Barrier presents a fully portable, reusable, eco-friendly solution. The strong vinyl material will withstand huge amounts of pressure and obstacles. No cofferdam presents an easier installation method. What more could a construction crew ask for?
Pipeline construction or repair presents its own unique set of challenges. This is particularly true if the pipe is underwater. To create a clean and safe workspace, your construction group has to completely dewater the area before work can begin.
The Aqua-Barrier, an inflatable bladder dam, presents a perfect solution for all your pipeline construction needs. It’s far more affordable than most dewatering solutions on the market today, in addition to requiring far less time to set up and tear down. Here’s how the Aqua-Barrier can make your pipeline construction project go faster.
Traditional cofferdams or other water barriers can take days to assemble and require additional time to remove the water. With an Aqua-Barrier, installation takes just a few hours. Better yet, the water you need to remove is stored inside the inflatable dam itself! Reduce both your time commitment and your environmental impact with an inflatable cofferdam.
Most traditional dewatering methods or flood barriers are single-use. A traditional steel cofferdam in particular has to be completely disassembled and the materials hauled away once the project is complete. Fortunately, an Aqua-Barrier can be used multiple times. After the initial purchase, you shouldn’t need a new one for a long time! Just deflate it, roll it up, and head to the next job when your pipeline construction is complete.
Pro Tip: If your company currently uses traditional dewatering methods, plug them into this cost calculator to see how much money you could be saving with an Aqua-Barrier instead.
Works with Any Construction Site
A fully inflated Aqua-Barrier can hold back up to six feet of water and silt, making it the ideal choice for a high-water area. Additionally, the cofferdam’s scrim-reinforced PVC material is durable and tear resistant, preventing most leaks and making repairs simple. The Aqua-Barrier can survive almost any problem your construction site can throw at it!
A Great Choice for Your Construction Job
An inflatable cofferdam can save you money on your construction project and reduce the time spent on a job. Plus, the same barrier will last you for plenty more jobs in the future without major maintenance. What more could you ask for in an inflatable dam?
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When it comes to construction projects, time is literally money. Every minute is extremely valuable, so wasting time is essentially wasting money. However, when a body of water is in the way of the worksite, like in pipeline construction, you might not realize that there is a fast dewatering solution.
You’ve probably spent some time researching the fastest dewatering solutions for your pipeline construction project. Have you heard of an inflatable cofferdam? It’s a game-changer in pipeline construction. The innovative material inflates with the very water you need to remove. The Aqua-Barrier® is easy to transport, quick to install and will save you time and money. Keep reading to explore the amazing benefits of inflatable cofferdams.
Compared to other dewatering methods, Aqua-Barrier® is supreme. Considering how important minimizing downtime is during the construction process, water inflated cofferdams provide a solution. They can be installed in three hours or less! Furthermore, they require far less manpower than traditional dewatering methods such as pumping or sandbagging.
Another benefit of inflatable cofferdams is that they are completely eco-friendly. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes so that they can fit perfectly in your project, without disturbing the ecosystem. You don’t have to remove the water and worry about harming plant and animal life during your pipeline installation.
The shortened installation time automatically saves you money, but did you know that you can rent the Aqua-Barrier®? If you just need a short term solution for dewatering your pipeline construction project, consider renting an inflatable cofferdam.
Pro Tip: You will save valuable time and money with our state-of-the-art dewatering method, inflatable cofferdams.
Stay Ahead of the Competition
You will save your resources while preserving the environment with the Aqua-Barrier®. And on top of this, you’ll stay ahead of your competition by increasing the number of projects you can complete in a shortened amount of time.
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