Concrete cutting needs to go as smoothly as possible. To that end, preparing your premises for the process is even more critical than ever. You must also make sure that your employees are ready for how to do it, which is why continual re-training never goes out of vogue. Here are some more pointers for how to prepare your premises for concrete cutting.
Clear It Out
The first thing that building owners and property owners will want to do is to clear out the area around whatever concrete is going to be cut. This won’t only be for new construction buildings; renovating an existing office space could involve creating new openings for doors and windows, especially if the previous tenant has moved out and a new tenant needs an expanded office area. For both indoor and outdoor cutting locations, it is vital that the machines are not tampered with and that nothing gets in the way, especially if you are worried about dust settling on everything and getting into the lungs of workers.
Watch for Dust
Silica dust can erupt during a concrete cutting operation. This dust is severely harmful to both the workers and supervisors who are around the job site and who aren’t wearing proper protective gear such as face masks and breathing respirators. Concrete cutting goes much more smoothly with saws that have onboard vacuums to get rid of the dust, but even then, it is impossible to remove all of the dirt and debris. This gets even more difficult in confined spaces when there often isn’t even much room to move, let alone swing a saw. Be sure to cover up all vents and turn off HVAC systems to avoid allowing sawdust escape into other parts of the building, especially if there are active office spaces that are still inhabited during regular business hours.
Preparing the Outside
Finally, it’s essential to be mindful of how the dust will spread out in outdoor settings. Although there is less need for ventilation precautions, the powder can damage passing vehicles, affect the surrounding environment, and spread towards passersby who are just minding their own business. Prune back all forms of vegetation, and do everything you can to protect ponds and lakes from contamination.
Prioritize Employee Safety with G&M Services
G&M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. We reward our employees for displaying positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meeting to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
G&M Services offers services in the way of concrete drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, and firestop. To get started with us, call today at 410-787-8828 or visit our contact page. Follow the official company page today on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.