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Kana Pipeline, Inc.

December 31, 2015 | Comments: 1

Golden Gate Partnership and Construction Safety

We know that construction has come a long way, oftentimes with its safety counterpart following slowly behind. It was just in the 1930's that hard hats were mandated by construction workers themselves who were building the Hoover Dam - the first project in history to require hard hats.

To recap the construction safety progress we have made in our pipeline this year, we wanted to share with our readership a little bit about what exactly is the Golden Gate Partnership Recognition by Cal/OSHA-? We were fortunate to have received six in 2015. Read all about it in our Press Release!


Kana Pipeline, Inc.

March 31, 2015 | Comments: 0

Kana Pipeline University

Wet utility pipeline construction is not necessarily as easy as it sounds. Though the concept of construction is simple, all the schooling in the world cannot replace the experience one gains by actually working in the field, literally in the trenches and hands-on. By its very nature, pipeline construction is very hands-on; pipes don't lay themselves.

As a long-time general engineering contractor specializing in underground wet utility pipeline installation, having an experienced, safe and talented workforce is essential. This is the only way we have continued to thrive year after year, even despite recessionary and economically hard times which we all faced near the dawn of 2007-2008 and for several years thereafter.

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Kana Pipeline, Inc.

December 23, 2014 | Comments: 0

Pipeline Excavation

So what's the big deal about pipeline construction excavation? Why should we write about it? Well, there's some mathematics to this and it's not as easy as it looks. Moreover, it's downright dangerous if it's not done correctly. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA®), two workers are killed every month in trench collapses. Fortunately for excavation safety, digging can be done right so it's safe to work in.

An excavation is defined as any man-made cut, cavity, trench or depression in an earth surface formed by earth removal. Specifically, trench excavations are a narrow excavation, in relation to its length, made below the ground surface. Generally, depth is greater than width.

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Kana Pipeline, Inc.

April 23, 2014 | Comments: 0

Pipeline Trenching

Now that we have discussed the different types of soil that OSHA recognizes, let's talk about how to test to determine these different soil types. When preparing trenching activities the three most common methods to test a construction site's soils are: a visual test, a plasticity test, the pocket penetrometer test. Testing soil is an important element in preventing trenches from collapsing.

First, a Visual Test is a purely qualitative evaluation of the condition in and around the entire pipeline construction jobsite. Here one looks at the soil being excavated as well as the soil next to the construction site. If the soil is in clumps, it is cohesive. Otherwise, it may be considered granular it if appears to be course-grained, gravel or sand-like. Signs of vibrations are checked, for i.e. crack-line openings along certain zones that would indicate tension cracks, or any existing utilities that indicate that the soil has been previously disturbed. Also, the exposed sides of the excavations are looked at for any layered geologic structuring. Any stresses, deformations and water intrusion should also be quickly taken into account and remedied accordingly, as these can cause trench failure.

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Kana Pipeline, Inc.

March 31, 2014 | Comments: 0

Pipeline Trench Shoring

Bracing the walls of a pipeline trench to prevent collapse is what trench shoring is all about. Shoring trenches is a large part of pipeline construction. As such, shoring safely is one of the most important components of excavation. Why? According to OSHA, trenching is one of the most dangerous types of construction work, causing over 40 deaths per year and seriously injuring many more, in what could otherwise be preventable situations.

So what can be done to avoid becoming part of this unfortunate construction statistic from lack of, or poor trench shoring techniques? First and foremost, one must be competent to know and recognize the different types of soil (also known as dirt, loam, earth, dust or mud) prevalent throughout new construction sites, especially in Southern California.

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Kana Pipeline, Inc.

January 31, 2014 | Comments: 0

California Contractors

There is a lot of construction happening in California right now. California highways, such as the famous Interstate 405 "Carmageddon" that began in 2011, and now, just into this New Year "'Jamzilla' is coming," marking the start of another construction shut down on the same highway. Meanwhile, other roads and bridges are being torn down, repaired, widened, or seismically reinforced. Old buildings are being remodeled or demolished altogether for new retail space and new homes are being built by the "tract"-load with developers pushing grand openings for completion by this Spring, known as the busiest time for the house buying market.

2013 marked the start of a pretty good year for us since the recent recession. But to get where we wanted and needed to go, we had to take a good look at our pipeline and determine what needed to change if we were going to get through it.

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Kana Pipeline, Inc.

August 30, 2013 | Comments: 0

Pipeline Training

You might be asking yourself, "So how did that pipeline training with Western Water Works and Kana Pipeline Student Apprentices go earlier last month anyway?" July 1st was "Graduation Day" - after two hot, intensive, but fun weeks spent mostly outdoors, at Western Water Works facility in Chino, CA.

Students, including a few from other pipeline construction companies came, joined in and learned the ins and outs of underground pipeline installation - sewer, water pipeline and storm drainage systems, as part of the first ever, "Waterworks 101" pipeline training course.

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Kana Pipeline, Inc.

April 30, 2013 | Comments: 0

Pipeline Contractor

A good pipeline contractor is hard to come by especially because there is no trade school to become a pipeline project manager or superintendent. The only way to really learn pipeline construction is to work directly for pipeline construction companies. In some cases, there is no formal in-house training offered and new employees simply go out in the field and learn hands-on from their associates. Pipeline contractors may have had decades of field experience, learning the company's culture along the way, to get the basics. However, some things just tend to get missed when lacking formal training.

To solve this problem, Kana Pipeline developed its own in-house pipeline contractor training program for its future Superintendents and Project Managers - those who are directly involved with contract work.

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Kana Pipeline, Inc.

April 23, 2012 | Comments: 0

Benefits of Safety Meetings in Construction

Have you considered the benefits of holding safety meetings? When was the last time you held one at your construction company? Who do you think should attend these meetings and how often do you think you should hold a safety meeting? Here's a story to set the stage in showing how important safety meetings can be:

A group of ten people stand in a circle. One person whispers to another person a certain construction safety rule that makes it mandatory for a ladder to be within twenty five feet of any worker in a water pipeline trench deeper than five feet. The person who heard the rule then turns and whispers it to the next person and so forth until each person has heard the safety rule. Can you imagine what the final translation of this rule will be at the end of the tenth person? Probably something to the effect of twenty five ladders for every five workers in an excavator. The point is that it can be very easy for workers to get false or misleading information in the field. This is why it is so important to make time routinely to hold safety meetings where all workers can get together and communicate.


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Kana Pipeline, Inc.

February 06, 2012 | Comments: 0

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.

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