Wet Utility Contractors

Wet utility contractors are involved with many jobs related to subsurface pipeline. In addition to installing new sewer and water pipes and storm drainage systems, contractors also repair or remove pipes; prepare worksites for demolition work; and restore jobsites once pipeline work is completed.

Wet utility contractors also are involved with installation and repair of municipal water treatment systems, steel tanks, and pre-cast pump houses along with updating deteriorating freshwater pipelines.

Contractors that work in the field of wet utility construction need to obtain substantial training. Workers are exposed to dangerous situations that could result in injury, death, or release of environmental toxins. Therefore, contractors undergo training in OSHA and HAZMAT regulations, along with specialized training related to their job function.

One tool that is extremely beneficial to pipeline contractors is subsurface utility engineering. SUE utilizes a myriad of high-tech equipment to acquire a 3D map of the subsurface area.

SUE equipment provides contractors with precise data regarding existing pipes and utility systems. Having the ability to locate pipes helps contractors avoid causing damage to pipes and prevent workplace injuries.

Contractors performing subsurface utility work must always make construction safety a top priority. Any time trenches are dug or workers have to perform work below the surface, the soil has to be shored to prevent cave-ins.

Workers also need to be extremely cautious when working around utility lines as contact could result in serious accidents. Damaging existing subsurface utility pipes could cause release of environmental toxins, street flooding, or even explosions.

Other concerns facing contractors is working with various equipment. Underground utility work makes use of heavy equipment in order to dig trenches and install pipes. Workers face risks of being struck by pipes being lowered into trenches or crushed by construction machinery.

Excavation work presents multiple challenges that require careful planning, extensive training, and constant monitoring of the project. Providing laborers with extensive training and performing pre-job surveys that assess potential dangers can reduce the risk of jobsite injuries and accidents.

Water is one of the biggest challenges that wet utility contractors have to overcome. Many of the jobs involve excavating trenches beneath the water table. This requires contractors to de-water the site prior to installing, repairing, or replacing water pipeline.

There are several ways to de-water a construction site. Sometimes water is pumped or siphoned, but if water levels are substantial workers need to use cutoff walls and wellpoints.

Wellpoints are the most costly and complicated procedure. The method involves connecting wellpoints to a pump used to vacuum and discharge water through a header pipe, which uses a series of jet pumps to force water into the ground.

Wet utility construction is one of the more complex fields due to the risks and various types of installation processes. It is imperative to hire experienced wet utility contractors, such as Kana Pipeline, to make certain work is performed in accordance with state and federal guidelines and that work will be performed in a safe manner.

Kana has been providing wet utility services in southern California since 1984. Combined, our staff offers over 100 years experience as wet utility contractors and excel at providing exceptional workmanship in a safe and efficient manner. We invite you to learn more about Kana Pipeline and the types of pipeline construction services we offer.

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Published on February 06, 2012 | Comments: 0

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