An inflatable cofferdam such as the Aqua-Barrier provides a simple, low-cost way to guard against excess water. The barrier can be installed in anticipation of a flood, as a dewatering method, or to help curb the flow of water. Today, we’ll be looking at the proper cofferdam installation methods for all three primary scenarios.
Installing the Aqua-Barrier
The Aqua-Barrier provides excellent protection against flood waters or water around a construction site. However, as with any type of cofferdam, it must be properly installed to work correctly. The three scenarios in which an inflatable cofferdam is usually deployed are as follows:
- Dry surface installation
- Static water installation
- Dynamic water installation
1) Dry Surface Installation
To install the Aqua-Barrier on a dry surface, simply unroll it around the area you want to protect and inflate the cofferdam with water to its desired height. That’s it!
Installing the cofferdam on a dry surface is usually done as a preventive measure if flooding is anticipated. For particularly nasty floods, it’s recommended to inflate the Aqua-Barrier to its maximum height of about six feet. Don’t let even a drop of water get through.
Pro Tip: Smooth out the area your Aqua-Barrier will lie on as much as possible. While the vinyl is strong, obstructions could be problematic.
2) Static Water Installation
You would use this installation method to install the Aqua-Barrier in a body of stagnant water, such as a swimming pool. Unroll the Aqua-Barrier across the surface of the water and float it to its desired position. Once the cofferdam is in place, begin pumping in water. The cofferdam will inflate downwards into the body of water and provide a sturdy barrier.
For more details on installing the Aqua-Barrier in static water, check out these instructions.
3) Dynamic Water Installation
For construction projects such as pipeline repair, you’ll have to install the Aqua-Barrier in moving water. Start by positioning one end of the cofferdam in place with heavy equipment, like a backhoe, and anchor the other end to the shoreline. Inflate the bladder from the flowing water until it’s sufficiently blocked and you can begin work.
Using an Inflatable Cofferdam Properly
An Aqua-Barrier is the quickest, safest, and most cost-effective way to ensure that your property stays flood-free and your construction projects aren’t overrun with water. If you take the time to properly install your bladder dam, you’ll never have to worry about leaks or flooding.
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According to OSHA, between 2011 and 2017, there were 79 fatalities and over 3070 non-fatal injuries among gas and pipeline workers. And while pipeline construction workers are at a higher risk of accidents, the good news is most are preventable when proper construction safety tips are practiced.
Staying Safe: Pipeline Construction Industry
Due to exceptionally heavy equipment, terrain issues, suspended loads, and many times inexperienced workers, pipeline construction workers have an increased risk of injury. To prevent accidents and keep everyone on the worksite safe, follow these six pipeline construction safety tips
- Company Culture of Safety
- Ongoing Safety Training
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Safe Excavation Procedures
- Heavy Equipment Safety
- Constant Awareness
1) Company Culture of Safety
Above all, safety trickles down from the top. Leaders need to create a culture of safety and set it at top priority. Everyone from the newest recruit through the CEO needs to have a safety first mindset. Leaders need to constantly communicate the importance and need for safety and make sure safety measures are always being implemented.
2) Ongoing Safety Training
Ongoing pipeline construction safety training needs to be a regular part of your company’s safety culture. By holding ongoing training classes, safe habits can be reinforced and new safety techniques and procedures can be learned.
3) Personal Protective Equipment
Pipeline workers should always be wearing their personal protective equipment, such as heavy steel-toed boots, eye protection, gloves, hard hats, or whatever else is needed to keep workers safe from harm.
4) Safe Excavation Procedures
Pipeline workers need to practice safe excavation procedures. Make sure they call to verify all underground utilities are marked prior to digging and also supply them with the best tools for excavating. 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.
5) Heavy Equipment Safety
Operators who work with heavy equipment need to be properly trained. Make sure they read the operation and maintenance manuals for each piece of equipment they work on. Before getting on a machine, they should already know how to properly use and operate the tool.
6) Constant Awareness
Many times, injuries happen because people just aren’t paying attention. Avoid slips, falls, and other accidents by always being aware of your surroundings. If you see debris laying in a walking path, clear it out of the way to help others from being injured, too.
Pipeline Construction Safety
When your workers feel safe, they are more productive and overall output is of higher quality. Go beyond normal safety standards and keep these higher standards enforced. By following the above tips, you can help make your pipeline construction sites safe and lower (if not remove) incidents of injury and accidents.
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While a dry worksite is essential for many construction and repair projects, there are some cases where it is not feasible to completely cut off the water flow. Sometimes, a project requires you to completely block off the water for the duration of your project, while others need a diversion to keep the water flowing smoothly while you work. Here are some helpful tips for successful water diversion on your next project.
Diverting Water for Construction Projects
Often, construction projects require work done across streams, rivers, or similar small bodies of water. Since these bodies of water cannot be fully blocked, water must be diverted to maintain a healthy flow. Some typical projects requiring water diversion are:
About Water Diversion
Sometimes a diversion is necessary for construction to ensure an isolated, dry project area. In some cases, water is temporarily rerouted in order to prevent or minimize contamination of clean surface waters. Water diversion also provides an effective method of sediment control. With water diversion, work zone sediment is prevented from entering the body of water, which is especially crucial when dewatering stormwater areas.
Best Method for Water Diversion
Working in water is one of the most complex construction scenarios imaginable, and an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam should be an essential component of your water diversion project. Easily deployed and completely portable, Aqua-Barrier® can be used in a variety of configurations to divert water, creating a dry work environment.
Construction Projects & Water Diversion
Inflatable bladder dams, like the Aqua-Barrier®, have quickly become the leading method for water diversion and dewatering in construction. They are easy to deploy, effective, and environmentally friendly. Consider investing in a water-inflated bladder dam for your future dewatering and diversion projects.
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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.
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An Aqua-Barrier® is the essential tool when you are working on a dewatering project. These inflatable dams are used in a variety of jobs including the construction of boat ramps, bridges, dams, for concrete repair, pipeline construction and more.
Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam Facts
The Aqua-Barrier® inflatable cofferdam is an essential tool in many construction projects, but there are some interesting facts that many people aren’t aware of. Here are six Aqua-Barrier® facts that just might surprise you!
1) Withstand Invasive Waters
You know that cofferdams can help stop the flow of water, but did you know that they can actually withstand invasive flood waters? The pounding waves from floods can cause severe damage, but the internal baffle system locks into place, making the perfect barrier, even with the pressures of invasive water.
2) Easy to Install
One might think an inflatable dam might be difficult to install, but it’s quite the opposite! The Aqua-Barrier® can be installed in two easy and basic ways depending on if the water is moving or still. The inner baffle is filled with water, inflating the dam in minutes, creating a safe barrier around your home, workplace, or construction site.
3) Cost Effective
You might think that it would cost a bundle to use an Aqua-Barrier®, but it will actually save you money! Prior to inflatable dams, most people opted for sand-bags. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the cost of using sandbags averages around $5.00 per sandbag and most use around 34 sandbags per foot. This cost adds up with the cost of materials along with the time and manpower used, too.
4) Eco-Friendly Alternative
An Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is the environmentally friendly alternative to other traditional dewatering and flood prevention methods. It is reusable and can easily be stored when not in use. It takes roughly 20 minutes to install and is also quick to put away.
5) Versatile Locations
One of the top reasons for using an Aqua-Barrier® inflatable dam is because it can successfully be installed and used on any type of terrain in any location. All that is typically needed is a pump and an abundance of water and it will be inflated and working in no time at all.
6) Stopping Wildfires
Not only do Aqua-Barrier® inflatable water dams help prevent flooding and erosion, they are also an ideal tool for stopping wildfires in drought-stricken areas. The inflatable dam can be filled and used as a water storage in areas where fires are expected.
Staying Dry with Inflated Cofferdams
A water inflated cofferdam is the most effective tool for protecting your business or your home. With it being so affordable and easy to install, it is the optimal choice when looking for dewatering solutions.
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