Clearing and Grading Safety

Clearing and grading, topsoil stripping, and land levelling activities all involve the modification of land plots to prepare them for property development, reclaim disturbed areas, or ensure more efficient irrigation. The risks associated with these landscaping, construction, and agriculture activities can easily be managed given appropriate safety training for employees.

Potential Hazards

The most important safety risks in clearing and grading are as follows:

Incident Prevention

To minimize the risks associated with outdoor work environments, employees must implement a number of safety protocols that may be required according to their circumstances. If any chemicals are present throughout the operation, appropriate handling and storage conditions must be followed in order to guarantee the integrity of the substances. To prevent direct contact, the necessary protective gear must be worn at all times, regardless of how inconvenient it might be.

Before commencing with any clearing, levelling, or soil removing activities, workers need to ensure that no underground or overhead powerlines will be affected by their machinery in any way. If the outside temperature is dangerously high and exposure to direct sunlight is frequent, it is vital for employees to hydrate frequently, wear head protection, and take breaks whenever they feel fatigued.

Lastly, fire extinguisher equipment should always be at hand and ready to use. Accidental fires from dry vegetation or equipment sparks can easily escalate if not dealt with immediately.

Safety Courses Recommended for Clearing and Grading

What You Can Do to Stay Safe

The only way to ensure your safety as construction or agricultural worker is to always be aware of the risks associated with your work environment and be pro-active in combating them. If you undergo the necessary safety courses, the knowledge you gain will ensure that you and your colleagues stay injury-free.

Having gone through mandatory safety training will give you a perspective on the dangers at hand so that you may avoid accidents in the first place. Statistics show that the most frequent cause of accidents continues to be human error, which means that injuries are often preventable.

Clearing and grading might be required for the following jobs:

For a complete list of safety courses advised for your job, please visit our industry pages in either Construction or Agriculture & Food, where they are grouped by occupation.

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