Your excavating contractor helps you conduct excavation work in your home or commercial construction site. The thumb rule is to vet the contractor to establish their suitability for the project and comprehend how they intend to conduct the excavation works. Below are 3 questions to ask your excavating contractor.
1. What assessments will you make before conducting the excavation?
The contractor's immediate task is to establish the scope of the excavation work. For instance, do you intend to conduct cut and fill excavation, build a basement, driveway, trench, or tunnel, or conduct dredging work? It helps the contractor establish whether they are the right fit for the project. The contractor then conducts some site assessments to determine the project's viability. For example, if you intend to create terraces on your landscape, a metaphoric rock could prevent you from executing the project. In this case, the contractor could recommend light excavation work complimented by gabions and soil filling to create the terraces.
Suppose the contractor has to dig several meters below the ground. In that case, they could conduct a geological survey to establish the location of underground aquifers and the presence of toxic gases. Moreover, they examine the historical use of the land to know whether it is a reclaimed landfill. If it is, there is a probability that the excavation crew could come across dangerous materials such as sharp objects or asbestos.
2. What safety mechanisms will you observe?
The excavation contractor should observe these safety measures;
- The professional should use appropriate excavation equipment. For instance, excavators should have the right attachments, load limits, and wheels. Moreover, they should be well-maintained.
- The contractor must reduce site risks to avoid plant equipment accidents. For instance, they could disconnect underground utility lines and ensure the equipment operators are well-aware of their blind spots.
- The contractor must provide safety gear, including safety harnesses, boots, reflector jackets, and gloves, to the crew at the site.
- The plant operators must work from a safe distance to prevent cave-ins caused by weak walls. All excavations must be covered to avoid flooding during rains and accidental falls.
3. What are your conditions?
The excavating contractor should adjust their working conditions to suit your project needs and timeline. For example, the contractor could offer 24/7 services if you are on a short deadline. Moreover, the contractor should provide comprehensive services. For instance, they should help secure the necessary permits and help dispose of soil from the site. The contractor must also have liability coverage and offer guarantees on the excavation work.