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5 Risks of Improper Dredging

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In bodies of water throughout the U.S., people dredge to make sure those waterways are safe for boats and ships to pass through. Maritime shipping is key to national commerce, so having free and clear access to all waterways is imperative. As with any job, however, there are some risks involved with dredging, especially if it's done improperly.

Increased Risk of Injury

If a crew isn't trained on how to properly use dredging equipment, or if they are using the wrong type of equipment, this can lead to injury and potentially even death. Dredging is an incredibly important task, and companies employ a lot of people to keep waterways navigable. Giving them the right skills and ensuring they are certified and/or know how to use the various dredging equipment decreases the risk of injury. It's also a good idea to have a mechanic or other professional around to fix any issues that might arise during the dredging process.

Dredging Equipment Failure

In addition to having properly trained crews, using the right equipment for working the sedimentation is key. Using the wrong equipment for the job means risking a fail or even break in the equipment. This can be incredibly costly to repair—both in money and time.

Waiting to replace broken equipment can also significantly slow down a project, and this can impact when boats and ships get to their destination. Depending on the equipment failure, a break can lead to injury or even the death of the workers around the machinery when it fails.

Improper Channel Depths

There are numerous boats and ships that go through any given area, and they come in various shapes and sizes. The point of dredging is to ensure that channels are deep enough to accommodate all craft that may come through the area. If the depth is incorrect, this could lead to ships or boats running aground. This could wind up costing a lot of money, not only to get them moving again, but also to recoup lost shipping time.

Sedimentation Contamination

One of the purposes of dredging is to remove sedimentation that could possibly be contaminated. This is done to prevent health issues within the environment among fish, wildlife, and humans. If the sedimentation is not properly disposed of, this could put a lot of people and ecosystems at risk.

Some of the contaminants that might be found in sedimentation include DDT (a pesticide used on crops), PCBs (a chemical found in plastics), chlordane, and other chemicals. If these are not taken care of in the proper manner, they could pose serious health risks and could even kill off a species. If dredging isn't done properly, the chance of these chemicals getting into places they shouldn't increases.

Increased Costs

Running dredging equipment takes time and effort as well as fuel. If the job isn't done correctly, it may take longer than anticipated, which means that the machinery will need more fuel to run. This is an expensive endeavor. Doing the job properly will ensure that fuel isn't wasted.

Fuel isn't the only cost that a dredging company will have to deal with: they'll also have to take care of their employees. If it takes longer than necessary to dredge an area because it's being done improperly, the company still has to pay their employees to do the job. This could end up costing them more than they want to pay.

Get the Job Done Right

Dredging is an incredibly important job and ensures that goods get where they need to go. There are a lot of risks involved if done improperly. To get your dredging job done right, call United Dredging today.

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