Right now in America, bridge ratings are at an all-time low, and proper bridge inspections are crucial, since most of the nation’s bridges are more than 40 years old. There are a few simple ways to make sure that bridges are up to safety standards without spending a fortune.
1: Bridge Inspections
Keeping bridges up to code with state-mandated standards and regulations is an extremely important component of bridge safety. Regular, yearly inspection of bridges should be maintained to ensure that they are not falling into disrepair, and that they are still up to the standards that keep drivers and pedestrians safe.
2: Utilize Proper Equipment
When keeping bridges up to the proper regulatory standards, it’s important to use only the best equipment and tools for the jobs. In the past, it was thought that a bridge would have to be closed down completely to update or inspect, which could take days, and cause endless traffic backups. But this is not the case if the best equipment is used.
3: Bucket Boats
Earlier in the business of bridge inspection, bridges would either have to be shut down completely, or lanes closed and traffic funneled. Today inspections and renovations can be done while the bridge remains totally functional. With the use of a Bucket Boat, which are equipped with all Coast Guard mandated devices for small commercial watercraft; a bridge can be inspected without the issues of closing down a part of the bridge.
4: Save Time
Time is always a huge factor when beginning a new project, especially the one of the magnitude of bridge inspection. This why using the best tools and following the best practices possible for the job will help to cut back the amount of time it takes to finish the project. If the bridge does not have to have lanes closed while inspectors work, then rush hour does not have to be taken into account when scheduling, and work can be done quickly and efficiently.
5: Cost Saving
If a bridge has to be closed in order to be worked on a whole score of other expenses are introduced, including public service announcements, traffic cones, signs, arrow boards, and police assistance, to just name a few. Drivers must also be taken into account: if the weather is bad or if a driver is drunk or texting, accidents involving serious injury or death become more likely.
6: No Lane Closures
Lane closure is rarely safe or easy. Too often, it can be lethal. Lane closures pose serious dangers to both the traveling public, and to the workers who are trying to do their jobs. Inspecting bridges is supposed to make them safer. If people are injured during the process, there has already been a failure in proper protocol. This is why utilizing the proper equipment is so crucial.
7: Efficiency of Equipment
Making sure that efficient equipment is being utilized is crucial to ensuring that an operation goes quickly and smoothly. When using state-of-the-art technology that can be easily transported, and that can reach harder to reach places more easily, will help cut down the time spent inspecting and repairing a structure.
8: Ensuring Safety
When allowing workers to use complicated machinery or to perform intense tasks, it is crucial to make sure that everyone has been properly trained, and that all regulations are met. It is also critical to ensure that all workers know how to use each piece of machinery, and that no one is making life-threatening mistakes that could endanger someone’s life.
9: Understand Legal Documentation
In case of some sort of accident, it is of the utmost priority to ensure that all of the proper paperwork has been filled out, and that nothing is left up to chance. In the event that something does go wrong, it is important to make sure that all of the proper documentation has been done, and that regulations were being met.
10: Use the Best Methods Available
Using the best, newest technology available will help to ensure that any and every operation will go smoothly and efficiently.