Groundworks and other site preparation activities possess environmental threats that must be dealt with before conducting any engineering works. Investigation of the overall ecological effects of the removal of vegetation and other ecological features requires comprehensive study and research. Moreover, even if thorough study is performed, measures must also be taken to reduce any possible environmental effects of the project on the region.
Some of the environmental impacts that may develop are listed below:
1.Contamination on the area
The leakage of chemicals like oil, methane and other toxic substances used in construction activity may influence the water quality and the soil in the working site as well as in the surrounding areas.
2.Change in the waterways
Construction works may change waterways in surrounding areas and may badly affect people living in the area. In addition, the grading of surface soil and stripping of vegetation’s may result to landslides and mudslides.
3.Noise and vibrations
Noise and the trembling of the soil made by construction machineries can negatively affect the growth of plants and propagation of animals.
Proper disposal of toxic materials must be implemented to avoid these chemicals from harming nearby streams and rivers by means of water run-off.
Several factors must be taken into consideration to protect the environment from harm. Frank Owens Contractors provides quality utility services in Northern and Southern Ireland for more than two decades. Through detailed study and planning, they will ensure that all possible considerations are taken to minimize the potential effects of the project on the environment.
Site clearance is an important part of construction and demolition projects. It involves the removal of any hazardous materials from a site as well as stones, bricks and the surface soil layer. Others like vegetation are also removed from the site. A proper site clearance is important to ensure the safety of workers and the nearby residents around the site area.
Here are some guidelines to consider when conducting site clearance.
- Safe practices
The safety and security of the workers in the area are one of the most important things to consider. During the clearance of the site, possible leakage of hazardous and toxic chemicals may occur. Only workers with enough knowledge on possible risks on the site area can gain access on the premises.
- Obtaining permit
Before starting any site clearing, the owner of the property needs to obtain a permit from local authorities.
- Setting limits
Establishing site boundaries in accordance with the contract to make the operation safe and secure. Setting up fences or barricades is enforced to prevent non-workers from entering the working site.
- Vegetation management
Mulching equipments can be used to cut, grind and clear vegetation on the site area. Vegetation cleared and removed from the area to facilitate construction works shall be disposed of in accordance with laws and regulations.
- Barricade fencing
Barricade fencing must be established on every job site naturally to protect the workers and public from construction accidents. Furthermore, setting barriers will limit the movement of personnel, equipments and vehicles to only specific boundaries for performing the work.
Landowners must understand their roles in the construction project and provide adequate time for each phase of the job to avoid undesirable and costly delays. Frank Owens Contractors works closely with their clients to successfully accomplish the goal and objectives of the project without conflicts until completion.
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