Tag: earthmoving contractors

Earthmoving contractors operate vehicles such as bulldozers, for pushing or carrying excavated earth from place to place.

Reader Profile: Mike Christofferson

Reader Profile: Mike Christofferson

By now, every contractor on a site where soil is disturbed knows that a key part of the project is the development of a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP). The SWPPP provides a site description, identifying pollution sources and appropriate measures to reduce potential discharges. It starts with a site

Safety in the Trenches

Safety in the Trenches

If you have no idea what it is like to be crushed and trapped by earth in a trench, you should meet somebody who has suffered that trauma…and can talk about it. I know such a man. He has great difficulty talking, walks slowly and painfully with two canes, and

High Tech on a Tight Budget

High Tech on a Tight Budget

Manufacturers and system providers of machine-control systems and productivity-enhancing tools are responding to what they acknowledge is a tough market in which budgets are tight by providing high-tech solutions at lower costs. It’s a response to some contractors who are not investing in technology because of cash flow challenges and

Paving: Is That Opportunity Knocking?

Paving: Is That Opportunity Knocking?

We are going to present two articles on paving for our readers. We tossed a coin, so this first one will concern concrete paving, and the second one, in the next issue of Grading & Excavation Contractor , will concern asphalt paving. Some reasons for looking seriously at paving projects

Public Works Help Fill the Void

It’s hardly startling news that grading work has declined sharply since the housing boom peaked a few years ago. Since then, earthmoving contractors have been diversifying to survive.

“Diversity is always a key to success,” says David Hales, president of W.W. Clyde & Co., a large heavy/highway contractor based in Springville,

Fitting the Truck to the Job

To the casual viewer, a construction site would seem to be the realm of the huge earthmoving vehicles—graders, excavators, scrapers, wheel loaders, bulldozers, and the like. Less notable but still present in force are the much smaller job-site service vehicles busily backing up these large vehicles and equipment. Once you

Friend and Foe

We are earthmovers. We use excavators, graders, dozers, loaders, and trenchers to move the earth. Some of our projects cover acres of terrain, but the most dangerous are probably not the biggest jobs but those that involve trenches. There are still too many accidents that cause damage to people and

The War on Fugitive Dust

It’s pretty obvious now . Nature didn’t intend for us to invade dry, barren tracts and fill them with millions of people. But that’s how things worked out, and today, long after the great southwestern desert cities have matured and long after we faced and conquered the technological challenge of

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