Three Winter Safety Tips for Construction Workers

No matter the season, there are many safety hazards that construction workers face at the job site. In the summer, employers focus on protecting employees from heat and dehydration. During the winter months, employers must consider extreme cold, high winds, and ice. Basic precautions and greater education can greatly reduce employees risk of illness and injury.

Follow these three tips to improve winter safety at the construction site:

1) Limit Exposure to the Elements
With lower temperatures comes an increased risk of hypothermia and frostbite. Consider breaking up larger projects into smaller tasks. Reducing exposure to the cold and wind greatly improves worker safety.

2) Wear Appropriate Clothing
Avoid slips and falls by wearing proper nonslip footwear. It is important to dress in layers including a heavy coat, sweatshirt, hats and thermals. Encouraging employees to dress appropriately for winter weather helps to prevent illness and injury.

3) Inspect and Prepare Vehicles
Before heading into the cold season, all work vehicles should be inspected to guarantee that they are in working order. It’s important to include a emergency kit in all vehicles to aid in winter weather prevention and response.

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Avoid Accidental Utility Strikes During the Winter

Did you know that hydro excavation is a cost-efficient cold weather digging solution? Featuring a combination of highly pressurized heated water, hydro excavation immediately thaws the frozen ground and creates a slurry that can be quickly evacuated through an industrial vacuum.

Equipped with the most advanced hydrovac technologies, Ecotech can save you valuable time and money during your next cold weather digging project. Here’s how:

Eliminate Accidental Strikes

According to the Construction Safety Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of safety and health interests in the field of construction, there are several factors that complicate locating underground utilities:

  • Utility lines are made of a variety of materials including steel, cast iron and ductile iron pipes, clay, polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, and fiberglass reinforced plastic
  • Cable may be made of copper or fiber optics
  • Conduits have different shapes, compositions, densities, and diameters, and their depths may be as little as 0 to 0.5 meters or in excess of 50 meters
  • Some lines (usually local telephone, electric or gas lines) may be stacked vertically in a common trench

With hydro excavation, risk of accidental hits are virtually eliminated. With the precision to expertly navigate and locate underground utilities, hydro excavation is a preferred cold weather digging solution.

“The One Call process is a crucial part in identifying underground utilities. However, the only true way to know where the infrastructure is located is to properly expose it using the hydro or air excavation process”, Lori Mendez, Business Development Manager

Cold Weather Digging Made Easy with Ecotech

Ecotech is committed to delivering the highest level of safety while complying with government health, safety laws and regulations. We pride ourselves on promptness, reliability, and customer service. With Ecotech, unlock a safe, non-destructive, and cost-efficient digging solution partner.

Interested in learning more about the other great benefits of hydro excavation? To contact a Customer Service Representative, please call (717) 806-5460 or contact us online. We look forward to serving you!

Cold Weather & Frozen Ground Digging with Hydro Excavation

Ready to unlock an affordable and safe cold weather digging solution? A non-mechanical, non-destructive, and cost-effective excavating process, hydro excavation combines pressurized water and a high flow of moving air to simultaneously excavate and evacuate soil and other natural debris from the dig site. When cold weather strikes, hydro excavation is an especially effective digging solution. Here’s why:

1) Greater Safety
Typically, cold weather digging requires a large investment in time, resources, and capital. With hydro excavation, discover a safe, non-destructive, and cost-efficient method for exposing buried utilities. The soft dig process eliminates accidental damage to underground utilities and does not cause any unnecessary harm to the environment.

2) Lower Costs
Ready to save big on your next cold weather excavation project? With hydro excavation avoid costs associated with downtime where traditional digging methods are slowed down or brought to a halt due to frozen ground. Unlock a digging solution that saves you both time and money.

“Frost in the ground is essentially like trying to cut through concrete. Our hydro excavators are equipped with a boiler that heats the water to 120 degrees Fahrenheit that melts the frost allowing the water to cut easily through the frozen ground,” Ryan Frank, Director of Operations.

Cold Weather Digging Made Easy with Ecotech

Ecotech is committed to delivering the highest level of safety while complying with government health, safety laws and regulations. We pride ourselves on promptness, reliability, and customer service. With Ecotech, unlock a safe, non-destructive, and cost-efficient digging solution partner.

Interested in learning more about the other great benefits of hydro excavation? To contact a Customer Service Representative, please call (717) 806-5460 or contact us online. We look forward to serving you!