Breaking New Ground
Posted by: Erika Green on October 25, 2017
Fall is an ideal time to complete projects. The weather is temperate, you have plenty of working time before the sun goes down and long weekends are still on the horizon. Whether you’re completing a project you’ve already started or are beginning something new, this season is the time to do it. But before you break ground, it’s important to know your safety limitations.
Whether you’re installing a fire pit or building a deck, or maybe something else altogether, odds are you’re going to do serious digging – which requires serious equipment. Our suggestions? Try mini excavators from Kubota or Bobcat or trenchers from Boxer. All of this equipment will make powerful digging quite simple and quick. But before you rent and put these to use, make sure you have a firm understanding of how to operate safely. Take your time to familiarize yourself with all of the controls. And while you’re reviewing the operator’s manuals, make sure you’re aware of any protective equipment like safety goggles, hard hats or gloves that need to be worn. And just like with any motor vehicle, wear your seatbelt!
Also keep in mind with the change of seasons comes a change in soil and texture, as well as elements not conducive to the re-rooting and transplanting of certain trees and plants. If landscaping is on your list of October to-do’s, make sure your desired foliage doesn’t fall under the “fall hazard list."
Last, but certainly not least, is a reminder to always call 811 prior to any digging. They will give you detailed, accurate information regarding pipelines or utility lines on your worksite. Even if you’re just installing a mailbox or planting a few small trees, make sure you call. Better to be safe than sorry.