Utility repair and installation needs haven’t stopped because there’s a pandemic. Some of these jobs just can’t wait and as your equipment partner, Ditch Witch West is here to support you with new and used equipment, rental, parts, service, and advice to help you get the job done as safely as possible.
We recommend following the CDC’s guidelines for construction sites which include the following protocols:
- No hand shakes
- Frequent hand washing
- Distancing workers a minimum of 6 feet whenever possible
- Disinfecting every machine surface touched
- Temperature checks daily
- Quarantining at least 10 days after symptoms onset or after known exposure
Most of these protocols are easy to implement and not much different than what you’ve always done. Because the underground industry jobsites are outdoors and typically only involve small groups of workers at any given time the risks are much lower than other types of construction sites or work environments in other industries. PPE use is standard as well, so adding masks and gloves is a simple change to make.
“I’ve been on multiple jobsites, most seem to be complying with CDC guidelines. We certainly are and are treating this deal seriously,” said Mike Anderson, Manager of Special Projects at Ditch Witch West. “At Ditch Witch West, we’ve always had a credo of safety of the public, safety of the crew, and respect for the integrity of the underground infrastructure, so adding a few layers to be more safe, like additional hygiene, has not been problematic for us or the industry as a whole.”
Some of our customers may not be aware that disinfectants can actually be added to our vacuum trucks and trailers with hot water to be used to disinfect to disinfect equipment or entire work environments. This strategy is a quick and effective way to sanitize large scale areas and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Have questions about how safety on the jobsite or want to learn more about using vacuum trucks for large scale disinfecting? Contact your nearest Ditch Witch West location to talk to someone on our team.