Being Safer with Underground Utility Locating Underground utility locating is one of the most useful and safety enhancing services that can be provided to a work site. When at a work site, there are a lot of things going on which need to be accounted for, and safety needs to be paramount.
Utility Safely While safety should be paramount no matter what at a work site, the fact of the matter is that there are always ways to make the area more secure and safe, for both the people working on it and people living in the area. Underground utility locating is one of these safety measures which make a big difference overall when building homes. Since utility pipes and lines can be dangerous to come across, it is best to use the most advances technology to find them and either work with them or around them, and with more and more homes being built every year, due somewhat in part to VA home loans, safety on the job site is even more important. When a crew sets out to build a new home purchased with a VA loan, a lot of drilling and excavation is needed to build the foundation of the home and this excavation requires absolute accuracy when it comes to utility lines. Hitting ones of these lines can not only set back a project considerably as it is repaired, but it can pose a very serious danger to those on site as well. While there are more and more advanced methods (such as hydroexcavation) being utilized at work sites across the country, it is always best to know where utility lines are before-hand. There are many potential dangers involved with hitting one of these lines with workers on the job.
Possible Dangers to Yourself and the Job For example, hitting an electrical line which is buried in the earth has the potential to cause severe electrical issues for equipment, as well as posing an electrocution danger for those who are on the job. Obviously, this should be avoided, as it can also black out power to adjacent areas. Another possible issue which people might run into is the very real danger of hitting a gas main. Hitting a gas main will put everyone in the area at risk. At the least, the escaping gas may cause sickness, and at the worst may explode with drastic results. Gas mains need to be avoided at all costs for safety of everyone involved in a project.
There also is the very real possibility of hitting a water line while excavating. Hitting a water line can set back a project for a long time until the source of water is find and shut off. It also could potentially inconvenience a lot of people who find themselves without running water. Repairs may also be expensive, taking away from the overall profitability of the project. As such, underground utility locating provides workers with a real edge when it comes to being safe and being accurate with their efforts. Safety needs to be a priority, and anything that can be done in order to avoid delays or extra damages or inconveniences should be strongly considered. Therefore, having underground utility locating done to your work site is both a pragmatic and intelligent thing to secure. It will make the experience much more viable and effective, not to mention safer for any person who might be involved on the project efforts. Photo credit: tomswift46 via photopin cc Photo credit: Tuaussi via photopin cc
Published on Jun 10, 2013
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