When construction is scheduled in an area that has gas lines running underground to a neighborhood, contractors need to first employ the services of utility locators for marking the locations of the gas lines. The same is true about several other underground anomalies aside from utility lines. The safety of contractors and construction workers many times depend on the accuracy of ground-penetrating radar for avoiding serious injury and unnecessary, expensive property damages and service interruptions.
Avoiding Communication Interruptions
With the rise in cable and Internet use, the number of cables running underground has also became prevalent, which is important to know when it comes to a contractor and crew preparing to dig with large machinery like backhoes or excavators. The cost of locating cables underground is a lot less than the repairs necessary for repairing them if they are severed by a piece of digging equipment. Not only is a contractor faced with fines and the cost of line repairs, the customers receiving the cable, phone, or Internet from the severed line also suffer, especially if some of those customers depend on an Internet connection or phone service for their work.
Locating Natural Gas Lines Is Vital to Safety
A gas line only needs one spark of static electricity to cause an explosion capable of taking out an entire neighborhood block. For this reason, knowing the location of underground natural gas lines is essential to the safety of construction crews and the surrounding community near an ongoing project. Even if an explosion does not occur right away, a compromised line can cause a leak into homes that could lead to explosions. For example, if someone in a home with a gas leak was unaware of it, all someone would need to do is turn on their toaster to cause a huge explosion. Locating underground gas lines is vital before digging anywhere to avoid serious injury and devastating property damages.
Construction Crew Safety Depends On the Location Underground Power Lines
If a tractor hit an underground power cable, the results could be deadly, especially for the tractor’s operator. Always making sure all underground power cables are clearly marked is vital to the safety of you and your crew. Hitting a live power cable with a tractor can create an arc flash that can cause huge explosions and fire. Laborers working with hand digging tools like shovels are also at risk of hitting live power lines, especially if the lines are not buried deep enough. Never dig without first employing the services of an experienced, highly qualified locator.
One of the responsibilities of lead contractors is ensuring the safety of their workers on job sites. By taking the time to enlist locators and mark underground lines and cables, you greatly minimize the risk of serious injury to your workers and other people in the area where you are working.