Whether you are putting up a building, installing a driveway or constructing a swimming pool, you require some amount of earthmoving. In this excerpt, you will learn the various considerations to make when hiring an earthmover for your construction project.
Choosing an earthmover.
Below is a short guide to help you choose an appropriate earthmover for your project.
- Excavators are multipurpose. They can be used to dig and demolish structures. They come in various sizes and can work in all kinds of terrains.
- Consider a backhoe loader if you are working in a small space. It is versatile, as it can dig and has a loader.
- If you intend to move or spread large amounts of soil and gravel, consider a tractor scraper.
- Articulated trucks are best for moving earth in rough terrain.
- A grader is suitable for levelling surfaces for road construction works.
- Bulldozers work in soft and muddy soil without sinking. They can move large amounts of earth and gravel. Some bulldozers have a ripper at the back which is used to tear soil and rocks.
Choosing a company.
Look for a company experienced in hiring out earthmovers. The company should provide you with a detailed quote and an explanation of any extra charges you might incur when hiring the equipment. Preferably, the company should provide extra services such as the delivery of the machine and regular maintenance when the earthmover is at your site. Ask for a recent inspection report to verify that the machine is in excellent condition. The earthmover should be comprehensively insured. Finally, read the terms of the hire contract. Avoid companies that have unreasonable terms and conditions.
The larger the earthmover's engine, the more fuel it will consume. If situations at the site change, consider hiring another earthmover as opposed to overworking the machine. The machine should be operated by authorised personnel only.
Some of the safety measures you should take include:
- Ensure a clear line of communication at the site. Workers can use walkie-talkies or flags to communicate with the plant operator.
- Inform the driver of overhead hazards such as power lines. Underground water and gas pipes can also cause accidents at the site.
- Observe load limits when loading the earthmover. Otherwise, you risk damaging the hydraulic systems.
- Ensure that the operator gets adequate rest. If you intend to work for extended hours, have two operators at the site.
- Have emergency contacts which you can call in case of an accident.
When hiring earthmovers, choose the right equipment, work with a professional company, avoid overworking the earthmover and observe on-site safety.