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10 Safety Awareness Tips For Asphalt Paving

Asphalt pavement is a popular material for paving roads, driveways, and parking lots. It’s durable, relatively affordable, and easy to maintain. However, like any other surfacing material, asphalt can be dangerous if not treated with caution. Remember the following safety tips when working with asphalt pavement.

1) Wear Appropriate Safety Gear

When working with asphalt, it’s essential to wear the proper safety gear. The right safety gear includes gloves, eye protection, and a respirator or dust mask. A passion project can soon become a health hazard if you don’t wear the necessary protective equipment.

2) Avoid Overheating

Asphalt can reach incredibly high temperatures during the summer months. Never attempt to work with asphalt when it is too hot to touch. If working in hot weather is a must, ensure frequent breaks and stay hydrated.

3) Use the Right Tools

When cutting or drilling into asphalt pavement, use the right tools; carbide-tipped blades and bits are designed to withstand the high temperatures and wear that come with working with asphalt. Using the wrong tools can damage your equipment and cause injuries.

4) Know Your Limits

Asphalt pavement is a durable material, but it is not indestructible. Avoid putting too much weight on asphalt surfaces, as this can cause cracking or other damage. Be sure to promptly repair any cracks or divots in the pavement to prevent further damage.

5) Work in Good Weather

Asphalt paving is best done during dry conditions with moderate temperatures. Hot weather can cause the asphalt to soften, making it more challenging to work with. Extreme cold weather can make the asphalt hard and brittle, giving it no chance to cure.

6) Avoid Working Near Power Lines

Working near power lines is extremely dangerous. If you must work near power lines, take all necessary safety precautions and follow all OSHA regulations.

7) Identify Potential Tripping Hazards

Look for potential tripping hazards like manholes, catch basins, and utility covers as you pave. Mark these areas clearly so that people know to watch their steps.

8) Pour Asphalt in Small Patches

Pouring too much asphalt at once can lead to unevenness and – in extreme cases – even collapse. To avoid these issues, pour small patches of asphalt and allow each patch to cure before moving on.

9) Review Your Work

Once you’ve completed your paving project, take a walk around the area to check for any issues. If everything looks good, then congratulations – you’ve successfully paved your way to a better-looking home!

10) Hire Professionals

Finally, hire professionals if you aren’t very confident in your paving skills. Paving is a delicate process; one mistake can lead to costly repairs.

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