Cline Rents offers a number of excavators with different buckets and attachments to meet your needs for excavating in Kenmore.
An excavator is a piece of earth moving equipment. Sometimes referred to as a digger, an excavator is made up of a reinforced cab where the operator sits, a boom that extends out from the cab, a dipper attached to the boom, and a bucket on the end of the dipper. The entire assembly is usually mounted on a tracked or wheeled base that is capable of rotating up to 360 degrees.
Excavators were originally built with pulleys and cables with steam power to drive them. As technology has improved, excavators are gas or diesel powered and use hydraulic cylinders and pumps to move the articulated arm.
There is a wide variety of excavators available on the market in many different sizes and capacities. Most excavators have detachable buckets allowing them to be outfitted with much more than a bucket, essentially make them much more than an excavator / earth mover.
We try to stock the most useful mix for a variety of jobs needed by people wanting to do an excavator rental. Kenmore commercial operations and individuals alike will find we can often meet their needs.
Accidents involving construction vehicles, such as excavators, dump trucks or backhoe loaders, are a common hazard of trenching sites.1
The use of excavators to dig holes and trenches can at times create situations that can lead to injuries. It is important to follow strict safety procedures when proceeding with a Kenmore excavator rental. At the same time it is good to know what the most common hazards are involving this type of equipment. For the most part our customers are not regularly involved in these situations. It is however important to familiarize yourself with them so as to avoid problems during your rental.
A trench is any excavation where the depth of the cut is more than the width of the cut. Cline Rents Kenmore rental excavators are capable of digging trenches that exceed 10 ft. Any cut or trench that is made in the earth that is not through bedrock requires careful safety consideration. OSHA explains that any trench other than those made of stable rock exceeding 5 feet in depth must have a protective system in place. The protective system must be implemented by a competent person.1
A registered professional engineer must implement a protective system for any trench exceeding 20 feet in depth as required by OSHA.1
Mobile equipment such as those found at construction sites, including excavators, are a particular hazard. Equipment operators do not always have clear lines of site for moving the gear. With trenches and grades dug by an excavator at a site, the possibility exists to put the machinery and thus the operator in a situation where it becomes unstable, posing a risk to the operator and any individuals that may be below grade. It is always best to have a flagger assisting the operator in repositioning the mobile equipment, excavator or otherwise.
Any time a trench or cavity (such as a basement, foundation or swimming pool) is being excavated, there is the risk that the below grade environment can degrade and the atmosphere become lethal. Site operations personnel should make sure that any source of gases such as gas lines or engine exhaust is not close to the area.
OSHA requires atmospheric testing to be performed by a qualified professional in excavations that exceed four feet.1
A common problem in below grade excavator cuts is the chance of materials falling into the cavity and injuring workers. It is not just materials either, instances of workers falling into the cavity and hurting themselves and workers in the cavity have been known to occur.
It is best to install a barrier around the perimeter of the cavity to clearly mark it and make sure objects are kept at a safe distance.
OSHA requires job-site materials to be stored at least two feet away from the edge of an excavation. Additionally, OSHA recommends that employers do not allow work to be conducted beneath suspended or raised loads.1
As already mentioned, OSHA has strict guidelines on reinforcing deep trenches. Even shallower trenches made by an excavator can pose a hazard however. It is important to make sure the walls of a trench are stable. You should know that stability can change due to continuous excavation or changing weather conditions; especially rain. Workers should not work alone in these situations.
Trench collapses kill an average of two workers every month1
Many times in combination with excavation equipment we see people with the need for a dump trailer. Check them out here: Kenmore Dump Trailer Rentals
1) 5 Common Trenching & Excavation Safety Hazards - Ferguson, 5 common trenching & excavation safety hazards