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Ditches Are Dangerous For The Untrained Excavator

Trenching, or digging a ditch, may look like it is a simple process that anyone with a shovel or a rented backhoe can do. But that mistake causes many accidents and even deaths every year. According to OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), "the fatality rate for excavation work is 112% higher than the rate for general construction." Here are…

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3 Dollars A Day And A Shovel In 1854

On February 15, 1854, an engineering marvel was opened: The Horseshoe Curve in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania. This piece of railroad track meant that travelers between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh could make the trip entirely by rail in about 15 hours. That was a big improvement from the 4 days of canal & train the trip involved in previous years. Here…

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Excavators Do A Dangerous Job

According to OSHA, "Excavating is recognized as one of the most hazardous construction operations." This is because excavators dig holes and trenches that can easily collapse if proper safety procedures are ignored or the soil is not analyzed correctly. An excavator operator has a very important job, one that requires a lot of knowledge and skill. It may not look like…

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Excavator Mistakes Start Here

There are a lot of ways an excavator operator can get into trouble. Some of them are dangerous, like undercutting your machine when digging a trench, or working on a slope the wrong way. Others are really kind of funny, like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. In this classic children's book, the challenge to do the work in a…

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How Easy Is It To Become An Excavator Operator?

Ask people what they thought an excavator did and they would most likely say they dug trenches. Modern excavators do far more than that; in fact, they are one of the most important units of heavy equipment on a demolition site. Excavators are also some of the primary units of equipment in mining, although the machinery itself bears a passing…

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