Grading and excavating contractors operate in the construction industry where they provide site development services for commercial, industrial and residential projects. Beyond digging up matter buried in the ground and leveling off the construction site, grading and excavating contractors also secure relevant licenses and permits to perform the work as well as ensure the safety of workers and the environment.
A well-written site-specific safety plan (SSSP) is critical to the safe completion of any construction project. OSHA requires an SSSP to ensure that contractors properly train their employees to safely complete the tasks that a project requires. And yet SSSPs are not always done correctly, says Greg Marquez, safety
Even though Phil Shaffer’s company, Shaffer Excavating, in Ligonier, PA, is small-four employees including him-he says rapidly changing technology calls for him to keep equipment current. Shaffer was one of the first small contractors in the area to use GPS technology when he purchased a Topcon base and rover and
With jobs flowing back into the industry through residential construction and oil-and-gas earthmoving work, grading and excavating contractors who have been hibernating on equipment purchases are now coming forward to add more to what for many has become an outdated fleet. The jobs may be smaller in size, necessitating compact
By Tara Beecham
On another project also located in a residential area, the Filtrexx Bank Stabilization system was used on a streambank restoration project that took place last April in Charlotte, NC.
“The backyard of a residential property near downtown Charlotte was being washed away during rain events due to recent construction upstream
By Tara Beecham
Classic performers in any field remain popular because they serve a purpose and they execute it well. Take, for example, sediment control. While many materials used for this objective on project sites around the globe have become more environmentally sensitive and more effective regarding their intended purpose in recent years,
By Jeff Winke
As problem-solving and productivity-enhancing technologies for grading and excavating contractors continue to evolve, so does the interest in using them. Lasers, total stations, GPS machine control, and 3D digital site maps have advanced to where they can collect and store data so that it can be used as tools by
By Paul Hull
Let’s start at the beginning. Somebody wants a job done. It’s something can you can bid on to make a good profit and keep your company going this year. The owners of the project want the best job at the best price, and you can do that. Your greatest challenge
Successful grading and excavating contractors are, if anything, resourceful when it comes to meeting a challenge. The worst recession in memory for most of them has highlighted the value of making the most of every available resource. Those resources include materials once considered a costly disposal problem—such materials as stumps,
Consider the costly consequences at a 50-acre construction site for a commercial development in the Portland, OR metropolitan area this past fall, where attempts to protect bare slopes from the impact of winter rains and runoff was done the wrong way—using inappropriate and, in one situation, incorrectly installed best management