Concrete ranks among the most valuable building materials used in modern construction. It also requires skilled technicians with a deep understanding of safety measures to make alterations. In rehabilitation projects, cutting, drilling, and removal are common. Even in new construction, targeted materials management means bringing in a concrete cutting and drilling outfit to keep a project on track. And at the end of the day, it’s imperative to work with a safety-trained outfit such as Cobra Concrete to ensure the project and human cost don’t become too high. These are just some of the measures that are important to maintain a safe job site when concrete cutting and drilling comes into play.
Concrete cutting and drilling creates more than just a cloud of dust. The material contains crystalline silica and that present a significant health risk to the cutting technician and surrounding workers. According to OSHA, “Crystalline silica has been classified as a human lung carcinogen. Additionally, breathing crystalline silica dust can cause silicosis, which in severe cases can be disabling, or even fatal. The respirable silica dust enters the lungs and causes the formation of scar tissue, thus reducing the lungs’ ability to take in oxygen. There is no cure for silicosis.” Cobra Concrete management and fieldworkers all undergo rigorous OSHA certification and wear protective gear.
Another health danger is the presence of noxious fumes from machinery on job sites. Concrete cutting and removal is often conducted in tight spaces and that limits that presence of breathable air. To overcome the poor air quality that often results from working in confined spaces, Cobra Concrete invested in a line if fumeless equipment capable of hitting significant cutting depths. The outfit also has a fleet of robotic machinery that can be controlled from a safe distance. The high volume of construction lawsuits pertaining to lung damage and the human losses are reasons why Cobra Concrete has put the time and effort into air quality safety measures.
There are two things that cannot be understated when working in concrete cutting and drilling: danger and experience. It goes without saying that concrete penetrations come with a high level of danger. The material is brittle and fragments can gouge eyes and skin. The machinery used to cut, saw, and demolish concrete has tremendous power. If it can slice hard materials, the human body doesn’t stand a chance.
The solution to these dangers rests on experience. General contractors are wise to pull in niche resources such as concrete cutting specialists because their technicians do the job every day. Any carpenter, plumber or heavy machinery operator knows that on-the-job experience provides an education you cannot get in the classroom. Experienced professionals learn the stability of materials and external dangers from being in the environment. By performing concrete duties on a daily basis, technicians understand the actual dangers and safe distances needed to keep everyone on a construction site safe. Whether that involves setting a taped off perimeter or wearing and carrying extra protective gear, experience matters. For more information or an estimate, contact Cobra Concrete.