With winter weather closing in on us, it’s important to remember the care that goes into upkeeping a jobsite in the colder months. Our main goal at USA Civil is to complete a job efficiently, while maintaining the integrity of our staff, equipment, and jobsite. We accomplish this by using the following practices:
1. Work in Appropriate Sections
Make sure that each day’s work is divided and planned out, to ensure that work started in the morning will be completed by the end of the workday. Leaving ground open can invite water or morning dew to settle in, resulting in a long morning of waiting for the ground to dry. With shorter daylight hours, an error like this could cause long working delays.
2. Continue to Maintain Erosion Control Measures
State and local laws reflect Erosion Control Measures that must be taken to reduce damage to stream channels, damage to water, and damage to property. These are done to mitigate flooding, low water quality, and injury to wildlife. Simple examples of these measures include: using a gravel entrance to site, using catch basins for water run-off, scraping or sweeping mud instead of rinsing it away, and either covering or removing any waste that may be onsite.
Always keeping the site rolled in and compacted to reduce weather impact is imperative to the infrastructure and environment around the site.
3. Keep Equipment Clean
At the end of shifts or workdays, it’s important to clean equipment as a preventative measure. Mud, dirt, and dust can freeze and become abrasive. This results in significant wear and tear. Dirty equipment can also contribute to working delays by increasing lost working time and expensive, unnecessary repairs. It also poses danger to operators and the crew, so is an important factor for safety. If cleanliness is upkept, cleaning is less strenuous and more efficient.
These few simple measures ensure that jobs are completed on-time or early, our equipment is safe, and our environmental impact to the area is little to none. Learn more about what we do at USA Civil.