Construction Site Safety Concern: Trenches and Excavations Part II

Excavating is a common activity on construction projects which can create dangerous situations for employers, employees, and bystanders.  Because of the many dangers involved in excavating and trenching, OSHA has many rules around these activities including the concerns involving an excavation and trench.  Walden discussed some general excavating and trenching rules in our previous blog… Read More

Engineering a Retaining Wall

Retaining walls are used to keep materials in place that otherwise would naturally slide due to pressure exerted by gravitational forces.  A retaining wall is commonly used to create sharp, vertical changes in elevation on a landscape while ensuring long-term structural stability along with clean aesthetics.  Walls may be constructed of monolithic concrete, wood, steel,… Read More

The Role of a Qualified Erosion and Sediment Control (E&SC) Inspector at Your Construction Site

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Although it might not be immediately obvious, stormwater runoff from construction sites poses a serious environmental risk. When rain flows over unvegetated land, it flows quickly. Higher flow velocities enable runoff to carry sediment, litter, and other pollutants from the site into downstream environments.  Efforts can be made to slow down or redirect stormwater runoff,… Read More

The Importance of Building Permits

It was a foggy morning, and Engine Company 42 was on their way to a one alarm fire at XXX Warehouse. On the way to XXX, the senior Firefighter(FF) checked his online Department Data Base to get information about the facility, which he passed on to all the firefighters. After arrival at XXX, FF Jimmy… Read More

New Underground Storage Tank Operator Training Required by the State and Federal Regulations.

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Recent New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) revisions to the PBS and CBS regulations have resulted in the DEC issuing DER-40, Operator Training.  This program policy summarizes the requirements for training Underground Storage Tank (UST) operators as required by the State and Federal regulations. Some specific provisions are: Establishes Class A and B… Read More