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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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.
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:
Shoreline Erosion and Stabilization
Bridge and Dam Projects
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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Despite the rough ride in the energy sector in recent years, the general outlook for the years ahead is positive. Industry leaders project a strong pipeline construction market, citing factors such as the shale revolution, political shifts, and new technology. Though challenges remain, the groundwork is in place for a robust immediate future.
Challenges for Pipeline Construction
The current oil and gas supplies and prices indicate construction in 2017 will be optimization rather than expansion-focused. With a couple potential exceptions, improvements to delivery efficiencies and other process improvements will take center stage. Stricter regulations and inspections will come in response to incidents in 2016. However, the biggest challenge for pipeline construction remains a shortage of skilled labor.
An Opportunity to Increase Efficiencies
Pipeline construction often requires the dewatering of the worksite. For this reason, dewatering your worksites remains a huge opportunity for improving your project efficiencies for 2017. The Aqua Barrier® inflatable cofferdam from Hydrological Solutions makes dewatering faster, easier, and more environmentally friendly. It is easy to deploy, reusable, and easy to store. It is also ideal for pipeline inspections. You can save time, money, and hassle.
The Future is Bright
The pipeline construction industry has reason to look up in 2017. Keep an eye on expansion opportunities while improving process efficiencies. Consider upgrading your dewatering solution to the Aqua Barrier® inflatable cofferdam and gain an edge on your competition. Contact Us for more information on better pipeline dewatering solutions.
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.
Since 1966, Minnesota Limited has provided safe, cost-effective and environmentally sensitive solutions to the Oil and Gas Industry specializing in pipeline construction, maintenance and renovation for natural gas products and crude oil pipelines.
We were excited to provide Aqua-Barrier Cofferdams to create a dry work area for their pipeline repair project. We supplied them with inflatable dams for the varying water levels and provided step-by-step installation instructions along with an equipment checklist. As you can see from the photos on the right, construction continued alongside the dams without any interruption.
With the cofferdams in place, the construction crew was able to commence operation and complete the project according to their estimated time table.