Not every construction site is going to be flat, open, and solid. Often, you’ll encounter some spaces that are difficult to navigate. They may be too small, too muddy, or there may be large obstacles in the way. Whilst these obstructions can be annoying and make your life harder, they aren’t the be-all and end-all of projects. It is possible to work around these tricky areas to get your job completed. So, how do you do it?
First, let’s look at some of the common hazards you’ll often find at a site. It’s pretty common you’ll find some of the following around home-based and commercial construction sites. Consider whether you’ll need to work around these before booking in any equipment.
- Walls. Modern landscaping, while pushing the boundaries of design, often incorporates large features like walls to separate spaces. While these create a nice aesthetic, they can be tricky to work around.
- Fences. It goes without saying that you’ll probably need to work around some kind of fence or boundary.
- General tight spaces. Small backyards, front yards, narrow gate openings, and walkways are just some of the confined spaces you might encounter while working on a home site.
- Hills and slopes. These make even the most skilled operators slightly anxious, and it makes sense why – mounting these incorrectly, or with the wrong machine, might produce a tipping over situation.
- Mud and soft earth. It’s not fun to get bogged down in any machine, let alone one that you need for construction work.
On any site, let alone one that has some tricky obstacles and cramped spaces, it’s important to take extra precautions to ensure no damage is caused to your machine or work area. Unnecessarily breaking down fences and landscape features is a good way to rack up extra costs. That’s why it’s important to incorporate some safety protocols when using heavy machinery to prevent injury and damage. So, follow these safety procedures next time you’re operating heavy machinery.