Excavation is one of the first and most important physical steps in the construction process. There are certain things to consider before building your own home. For instance, the construction area must be prepared, which includes moving soil, leveling and grading. Excavation can be used for building swimming pools and removing unwanted trees. Whether you’re looking to hire a professional for your project or planning to hire an excavator, this guide will give you a quick look at what excavation costs may be expected in 2019.
Keep it professional
As Red Adair once said 'If you think it's expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.' The work that goes within excavation is quite dangerous and requires full qualifications for the work being done.
According to the Queensland Government's Workplace Health and Safety Electrical Safety Office Workers' Compensation Regulator, specific requirements must be met in order to begin the excavation, as outlined in the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.
Depending on the nature of the work, council permission and approval processes required for your construction project by law. This ensures that all work carried out is done so sensitively and abides by the states health and safety regulations, to ensure that workers and the general public are not at any risk while the excavation work is being carried out.
Recorded hazards in the work place:
Some of the most common risks that must be managed during excavation work include:
⦁ major falls into trenches and/or excavations
⦁ large excavated materials or objects falling and injuring workers
⦁ individuals exposed to underground or overhead electrical cables
⦁ the collapse of an excavation trapping an individual
⦁ exposure to airborne contaminants
Professionals are trained in hazardous scenarios, and are well equipped to handle these with the most appropriate and effective actions. To an unqualified worker, these hazards can risk serious injury or worse. Therefore, it is important to make sure you play it safe and hire a professional service provider to carry out your excavation work.
Costs of hiring the professional
To provide you with an accurate quote for a land excavation cost, your excavation professional is best to visit the site to get an understanding of the scope of the work to be done. To determine a basic cost of excavation for foundation, most professionals will charge per yard of dirt which usually equates to $100. Based off quotes posted on Service.com.au, you can expect to pay between $200 to $1000 for the excavation of a property.
Excavation rates can be greatly affected by several factors such as:
⦁ Size of block
⦁ Type of soil and rocks
⦁ Trees to be removed
⦁ Whether grading is required (leveling of ground)
⦁ Access to the area
⦁ Machine/s required
Excavation and Grading
When it comes to site preparation, excavation contractors not only focus on removing the unwanted materials and dirt. Contractors smooth out the landscape by grading the soil to help make the site more efficient. The act of grading reduces water problems that may arise once construction is completed in the future.
Often mistaken for the same thing, excavation and grading are two separate jobs in the construction process. While excavation removes earthly objects and materials from the ground, grading creates an even and well levelled base for the construction site, smoothing the soil base.
The pricing is determined by the amount of soil there is to be removed for the grading project. Ranging from $25-$100 or $200-$1,000 depending on the size of the project.
Builders will generally aim to create a grade sloping away from the building as mentioned previously, to attempt to prevent water flowing towards the building's foundations.
Both grading and excavation must be done through the use heavy earth moving machinery.
Hiring an excavator can cost as little as $50 an hour for a basic machine. However, costs can increase upwards of $150 an hour depending on the machine's size and any additions you may need. Before you hire an excavator, make sure you check costs like minimum day rates, public holiday charges and travel costs to get a comprehensive idea of an excavation cost.
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