Digging a Hole Is More Complicated Than You Think

Australia has just sweltered through its hottest summer since records began, and those property owners who have the space are already thinking about using the coming winter months to put in a pool. Are you an owner who cannot bear another summer without being able to cool off a few steps from your back door? If so, you may already be thinking about it and wondering just what happens when people and machines start tearing up your back yard.

Pool Excavations a Breeze in the Hands of Experts

Well, wonder no more and fear not. People install pools every day and in the hands of experienced and professional operators, the result will be an oasis where you can relax with family and friends, entertain and keep the children occupied during the next long, hot summer.

Building a pool starts with the design, then with a signed contract in place it proceeds to engineering input then council approvals. Once these are given and the site is secured with temporary fencing, excavation starts followed by plumbing, electrical, concreting, tiling, final inspections and filling the pool.

People Get Nervous when the Machines Move In

Dee Gees Bobcats have been excavating for pools for the last 23 years, and we have found that the process that bothers people the most is the actual excavation. They worry that the machinery may damage building foundations or drainage and water pipes but these issues are all addressed in the initial stages.

Excavation Work Code of Practice Sets the Standard

All our excavation work is performed to the standards required by the Excavation Work Code of Practice, approved under Section 274 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Excavation work can be dangerous and a collapse can happen very quickly, endangering the lives of not only workers but also anyone close enough to be affected.

Hazard Identification is Site Specific

We identify any hazards before starting work, and put in place any control measures that are necessary. Typical hazards in excavations are earth or rock falls, inappropriate placement of excavated materials, hazardous manual tasks, and the presence of overhead power lines. This is not an exhaustive list, as every site must be individually assessed.

Getting on with the Job

Once we have the safety aspects covered, we get on with the job, with our experienced operators quickly carving out the soil and dropping it into trucks for disposal. We have already considered site conditions such as sloping land, different soil types, local weather conditions and the length of time we expect the excavation to be open.

Looking Forward to Next Summer

There are many more regulations and procedures we must follow until our part of the work is done, too many to detail here. Just be assured that when we excavate for your new pool, we exercise every care so you can spend next summer enjoying its benefits.

Don’t Risk a Serious Incident or Major Damage by Doing It All Alone

To the untrained eye, operating earth moving equipment on a construction site looks effortless. The operator moves a few levers and suddenly large chunks of earth are picked up from one area and deposited to another. The landscape changes in minutes, and in a few hours, the job is done and the site is swarming with other trades.

Moving Earth with Large Machines Requires Experienced Operators

Of course, there is a very good reason why it looks easy. Operating this type of equipment is a skilled occupation requiring experience and, for large machines, licencing and certification by relevant authorities. Many of the tasks undertaken by these operators can be dangerous, and their knowledge of safety rules and techniques keeps everyone on the site safe.

We know that some do-it-yourself landscapers are keen not only to save money on their projects but also to test their skills with some of the less dangerous equipment. We understand that, but people must realise that often, the damage they cause costs them twice as much as if they had hired one of our operators.

A Dee Gees Bobcats operator can have the job done in half the time to a professional standard without any damage or danger to others. We have been called in on occasions to rectify the damage caused by an untrained person trying to do work that is beyond their level of skill.

Unskilled Operators can cause Major Property Damage

For example, excavating too close to a retaining wall can undermine the foundations. Depending on the soil texture, this can cause a section of the wall to collapse as the compacted soil is loosened by the operation of the machinery. This can jeopardise the integrity of the remaining wall, and be costly to repair.

Paving looks easy enough, and with proper preparation and care, a handyman can successfully create a paved path or recreation area suitable for a backyard. However, we have seen top-soil that has been carelessly removed, leaving an uneven area that then has to be smoothed out before work can continue. This resulted in a loss of time on the job, and the extra cost of calling our team in to rectify what for us, would have been a quick and simple task.

Serious Injuries and Equipment Damage a Consequence of Inexperience

On larger projects, the results of untrained people using machines such as bobcats and mini excavators can be much more serious than uneven paving. Overloading the bucket can cause the machine to become unbalanced and tip over, possibly crushing the operator or causing a similar hazard to anyone close by. Failure to keep clear of obstacles or other people on the site could result in substantial property damage or serious injury to others.

Why consider going it alone when you can avoid all these scenarios, and others not mentioned, just by contacting Dee Gees Bobcats? You will get a professional result without the stress.

Heavy Equipment for Earthmoving

There are different types of earthmoving equipment, including cranes, backhoes, bulldozers, tractors, excavators and rotary tillers. These types of heavy-duty equipment are designed for specific tasks in agriculture and farming, construction, and drilling and mining, as well as civil engineering and forestry.

Dee Gees Bobcats provides a range of earthmoving equipment, ranging from 1.5 tonne to 6 tonne excavators to mini Bobcats. The company has more than two decades of experience in supplying earthmoving equipment. With locations in Ipswich and Oxley, the company can serve customers in the wider Brisbane area. All types of earthmoving equipment are handled by highly trained and professional operators.

List of Earthmoving Equipment

Dee Gees Bobcats has a complete range of equipment. These are mini excavators; 3 tonne to 6 tonne excavators; bobcats; and 6-metre to 1-metre tippers. The equipment comes with different attachments, including a post hole borer, augers, a rock breaker, rock grabs, pallet forks and brooms, and soil levellers.

These heavy-duty vehicles are necessary in carrying out earthmoving and other construction jobs as they significantly reduce the period of time it takes to complete these jobs. Each type of equipment is designed to accomplish a particular task.

For example, an excavator features a long bucket arm that is attached to a pivoting cab, where the operator sits. The primary use of an excavator is for digging large amounts of dirt swiftly. But it can also be used for heavy lifting and large pipe placement.

Another common type of heavy equipment is the tipper, or a dump truck. An industrial dump truck is used for transporting large amounts of earth, or transporting materials such as gravel and sand to the construction site. The earth and other materials are deposited on the truck bed, which rises at the end on hydraulic pistons to allow the contents of the bed to slide off to the ground.

List of Services

The company’s highly experienced operators are available to carry out virtually all kinds of small and major jobs, including general hire for earthmoving projects, trenching, swimming pool excavation, drainage excavation, swimming pool demolition and under-house excavations.

Why Hire an Earthmoving Company

You will need the services of the best earthmoving company to perform construction or renovation projects, whether big or small. A professional earthmover has the training and experience to do the job properly with the right equipment and in a timely manner. Earthmoving companies also carry insurance, so the client is saved from any liability in the event of an accident in the work site. Ultimately, hiring a professional earthmoving company is worth the cost, knowing that the job will be completed professionally and to your satisfaction.