Safety Tips During Underground Utility Construction

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Underground utility construction is at a higher risk for injuries and fatalities. Cave-ins, collapses, falls, tipping heavy equipment, and falling loads contribute to the dangers that our utility workers are regularly exposed to. That’s why it’s crucial to practice proper trenching practices to enhance worksite safety.

Federal EC shares how we keep our clients and our construction crew safe when we perform services such as pipe rehabilitation in Atlanta, GA.

Installing Protective Systems

Protective systems protect our workers from cave-ins and fatalities. When we carry out any trenchless pipe lining work, we make sure that there’s a protective system in place, especially if the trench’s depth exceeds 5 feet. If the trench’s depth exceeds 20 feet, we use a defensive system designed by a professional engineer.

Utilizing Alternative Trenching Procedures

Trenching is an essential part of our services. However, we have a wide array of construction solutions at our disposal and can rely on alternative methods such as CIPP pipe lining.

Performing Atmospheric Testing

We conduct atmospheric testing before we perform services like storm drain rehabilitation, especially if the trench’s depth exceeds 4 feet. This testing helps us avoid the danger of oxygen deficiency and determine if the trench contains hazardous gases, including methane and carbon dioxide.

Watching Out for Falling Loads

We train our technicians to stand away from digging or lifting equipment that’s being offloaded or loaded to minimize their exposure to falling loads. None of our crew would work under raised or suspended loads, and we make sure to store worksite equipment not less than 2 feet away from the trenching edge.

Regular Worksite Inspection

We inspect the construction site for any likelihood of collapses or cave-ins daily. We also do the inspections after natural events, such as a rainstorm, or other types of work, such as blasting work. If we spot any potentially unsafe condition, our protocol is to evacuate all workers from the area until safety precautions are put in place.

Safety Signs

Safety and warning signs will alert the workers and pedestrians entering the worksite. Installing a noticeable sign that reads “DANGER: OPEN TRENCH” and putting up barriers can make a huge difference in preventing injuries.

At Federal EC, we have pipe inspection and repair experts who will safely and efficiently provide innovative solutions for all your underground utility construction needs. Contact us today.


When you need top-quality pipe inspection and repair services in the greater Atlanta area and Charlotte, North Carolina, don’t think twice about getting in touch with us here at Federal EC. Our pipe specialists would be more than happy to assist you with all of your project requirements. Contact our team today by calling us or filling out the online form. Federal EC serves Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC. We look forward to working with you.

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