Noise Control Methods for the Construction Industry

Noise Control in ConstructionConstruction sites aren't exactly an area for peace and quiet. While loud noise is inevitable, you can keep it to a reasonable volume. We'll introduce some noise control measures for construction zones. This keeps complaints to a minimum while also protecting workers from future hearing loss.

Why Noise Control in Construction Zones Matters

Continued exposure to noise levels above 90 dBA can cause hearing loss. If you have to shout to speak to someone at an arm's length distance, then noise levels are too high.

Use a decibel meter to determine the noise volume. Set up noise perimeter zones where the volume exceeds 90 dBA. You should also designate all hard-hat areas as noise perimeter zones. Only staff working at the moment should be within this zone, and they should be wearing hearing protection. Continue Reading '

Hydraulic Hammer Mistakes Can Cause Damage

hydraulic hammer mistakesThe hydraulic breaker and hoe packs on our excavator rentals can withstand substantial abuse. Nevertheless, frequent operating mistakes can wear out hydraulic hammers. This is why all licensed operators should adhere to the best operating practices to prolong the machinery's life.

Common Operating Mistakes that Damage Hydraulic Hammers

1. Not Using a Compatible Breaker

Serious damage can occur to the hammer or excavator if the hammer is too big for the excavator, and vice versa. Always match the size/weight of the hammer to the excavator's lift capabilities.

2. Not Using the Right Setup

The operator must also set up the breaker and carrier for the specific application. You may, for example, need to operate the breaker while it's partially or fully submerged in water. In this case, are you running an underwater kit on the system? Underwater operation requires both an underwater kit and an air compressor. Continue Reading '

Different Excavator Tail Swing Options

excavator tail swingUsing the right machine increases productivity, cuts down on hazards, and reduces downtime. This is precisely why you need to know which type of breaker and hoe pack is right for the job. You should also know which excavator tail swing configuration is best when renting an excavator.

Excavators Have Different Tail Swings

Excavators generally have three different tail swing configurations: zero tail swing, reduced tail swing, and conventional tail swing.

Zero and Reduced Tail Swing Advantage

Zero and reduced tail swing excavators are designed for operating in tight spaces. Zero tail swing means the excavator's housing doesn't extend beyond the vehicle's tracks when rotating. With reduced tail swing, the housing extends beyond by just a few inches. Continue Reading '

At an Excavation Site Safety Is Paramount

Excavation Site SafetyWe can't emphasize enough the importance of excavation site safety. Components, such as the crane, bucket, breaker and hoe pack can present a danger to staff and pedestrians if you fail to adhere to safety guidelines. We'll go over the procedures for ensuring a safe working environment.

Implementing Excavation Site Safety

Establish Pedestrian Exclusion Boundaries

Use fencing or bunting to provide a clear boundary between working and pedestrian zones. Also, a signaler should be present at all times to guide the operator through blind spots.

Be Aware of Undercutting

Undercutting occurs when the bucket digs into the ground beneath the excavator's tracks. This drastically elevates the risk of a cave-in. The excavator's tracks should always be perpendicular to the trench to prevent the floor from giving way. Continue Reading '

Buying Vs Renting Excavator Equipment

renting excavatorAs an excavation contractor, you ultimately have to decide between buying and renting excavator equipment. Of course, we have a bias towards renting given that we rent out excavation equipment, such as breakers and ho packs. Nevertheless, we will point out the pros and cons of each.

To Buy or Rent Excavator Equipment?

Assess Your Financial Situation

Is buying cheaper than renting in the long-run? Sometimes, but not always. Many factors come into play, such as how many projects you have lined up, and your ability to consistently pay for maintenance.

Renting definitely makes more sense for a short-term or one-off job. If you foresee consistent projects ahead, then buying may be more cost-effective in the long-run. However, you also have to consider ownership costs, such as maintenance, repairs, insurance, license fees, etc. The rental company bears the burden of these costs when you rent. Continue Reading '

What to Look for in an Excavator Rental

excavator rentals monroe everett snohomishExcavators are one of the most common pieces of heavy equipment found on a construction site. They are popular because they can be used for multiple purposes, such as digging trenches and moving large objects. This versatility makes them an essential part of just about any major construction project. Since they are such an important part of a construction site, contractors are often interested in excavator rentals for their business.

Difference Between an Excavator and a Power Shovel

An excavator consists of a boom, a dipper and a bucket. It also has a cab that is mounted on a rotating platform that is called the house. This part of the excavator is mounted on an undercarriage that has either tracks or wheels.

These pieces of equipment can also be referred to as power or steam shovels. They are a more advanced version of the steam shovels that were once commonly found on construction sites. Continue Reading '