Category Archives: Construction

The Importance of Dust Control at the Construction Site

If you’ve ever been on a construction site, then you know how dusty things can get! All the digging, moving, and building can generate huge clouds that can be dangerous to breathe in. At Tucker Paving, we know how important it is to protect the health and safety of construction workers as well as anyone else who could come into contact with this potentially toxic dust. That’s why dust control on-site is such an essential task.

Controlling Construction Site Dust
First of all, there are three main types of dust being stirred up on a construction site. 

Silica dust is produced by cutting, grinding, drilling, or sandblasting many building materials, including granite and sandstone. Also called respirable crystalline silica (RCS), silica dust is very common in construction materials – and very toxic. 

Non-silica dust is produced mostly when bricks are cut, but it can also come from working with cement, limestone, dolomite, marble, or gypsum (plasterboard). While it’s not as bad as silica dust, it is still harmful to human health. 

Wood dust results from working with various types of wood and wood-based products, like plywood, chipboard, and MDF. 

The problem presented by all this dust is that when inhaled, it’s going to reduce your lung capacity, increase the strain on your heart, and potentially cause a variety of diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). It can cause irritation of the nose, throat, eyes, skin, and lungs, plus exacerbate asthma. 

There are limits established by OSHA as to how much silica a worker can be exposed to. Tucker Paving abides by the laws laid down to protect workers and the public from excessive exposure to construction dust. 

Keep it Clean with Tucker Paving
Tucker Paving works hard to ensure that our job sites comply with all state and federal safety guidelines. We value the health of our workers and clients, so we minimize the amount of dust produced from our projects by using the most appropriate methods for each job.

Site Clearance Is the Clean Slate You Need

The foundation of any successful construction project is, well… the foundation! Before the real work of creating a structure can begin, you need to make sure you are starting out on solid ground. Professional site clearance is the best way to make sure that your workspace is ready for development. Tucker Paving is ready to help you get your property prepared for whatever is to come next – whether it’s a housing project, a commercial building, or a parking lot. 

Why Professional Site Clearance Matters
As with any job, having the right equipment for the task at hand is important. What equipment is needed to clear your particular parcel of land is going to depend on what exactly needs to be done. There are specific procedures for removing trees and vegetation as opposed to building remnants or hazardous waste. Tucker Paving has the right equipment for any site clearing project, plus our employees are trained for the safe and effective operation of this heavy machinery.

Once the site is cleared, what do you do with the debris? That’s again going to depend on what the debris consists of. Tucker Paving stays up-to-date with all requirements of how to handle hazardous materials, construction waste, vegetation, and any other refuse that may need to be removed from the property. We won’t just take your trash and drop it somewhere it doesn’t belong, either – we will ensure that everything is disposed of properly.

hen You Need a Site Cleared
No matter how big or small the job is, you can count on Tucker Paving to get the job done quickly and correctly. Don’t waste time and money trying to tackle a site clearance job on your own. Trust the pros at Tucker Paving to make sure that your site is ready to build on and that all waste materials are disposed of appropriately. 

Ease the Workload With Cribbing

When a structure needs to be lifted from its foundations, or a really heavy object needs support during construction, what do you do? We at Tucker Paving recommend making use of a box crib. Cribbing is used as a temporary structure to help support weighty or cumbersome objects during construction. It can make a huge difference when it comes to getting a job done right and on time.

What Is Cribbing?
Typically, cribbing is built from wood timbers stacked together sort of like you would in the game Jenga, except the middle is empty. It can also take the shape of a parallelogram, a triangle, or an A-form, depending on the needs of the project. Cribbing is adjustable as the construction takes place – you can make it taller or shorter as the project requires by simply adding or removing the blocks of wood.
Another type of cribbing is called “shims” or “wedges.” Theses crib forms are used to help brace other segments to prevent them from moving or to provide some angling support that might be necessary in order to achieve a stable and level platform.
The kind of wood you choose for your cribbing is important. At Tucker Paving, we recommend a good, sturdy hardwood that will resist breakage, or, alternately, a soft wood, such as spruce or pine. The benefit to using a soft wood is that if they do start to bend, they will crack slowly and make a loud noise before completely failing, thereby alerting workers to the potential problem. 

Tucker Paving Can Help with Cribbing
If you have a major construction project in the works that needs a little extra support, call on Tucker Paving for help with cribbing. We have the materials on hand to build a box crib or other type of support to make sure that your project rises without a hitch.