Resource Protection & Public Safety
In this section we explain how our people & machinery work to minimize soil disturbance, how we manage public safety on roads & trails, and how we handle other important environmental concerns.
Minimizing Soil Disturbance
Here are some of the things we do to prevent soil disturbance …
We use low-ground-pressure track machines equipped with long-reach hydraulic booms and 3600 continuous rotation. Thus, we greatly minimize the amount of ground actually traversed by the machine’s tracks. Our operators keep theirtracks pointed up & down slope as much as possible in order to minimize side cutting of soil, sod, and duff. They make careful, gentle turns and avoid sharp “spin-around” & “screwing” with their tracks. When precipitation results in excessive soil moisture, we move to drier sites; or we cease work completely, before any unacceptable soil disturbance occurs. We run a “self-policing” operation.
Managing Public Safety on Open Roads Adjacent to the Project
Here are some of the things we do to ensure public safety …
Warning Signs.–Before work begins, the crew places warning signs at critical approaches to the project. These signs alert the public to dangerous operations and advise people to “stay back 400 feet” from the mastication machinery.
Directional Chipping.–The mastication heads on the track-mounted-swing machines are turned or tilted to direct the chip flow down to the ground or away from fences, trails, roads, structures, and private land. The operators have tested and proven this capability on previous jobs.
Road Guards & Flagmen.– Swaggart employs road guards and flagmen as required when working adjacent to public roads and trails, or along boundaries with private lands. The road guards and flagmen control traffic and to inform passers-by of hazards ahead.
Communications.–Road guards and flagmen use two-way radios and cell phones to coordinate with machine operators and to ensure public safety as well as fire prevention and fire reporting.
Cleanup Labor.–When required, a laborer cleans up chips that land inadvertently on trails, roads, or private property.
Fire Truck & Fire Tools.– When required during all periods of extreme fire danger, Swaggart keeps an approved fire truck with a pumper unit and cache of fire tools on the job. All employees receive training in the use of the fire pumper and firefighting tools.
Safety Patrol & Fireguard.–When required during periods of extreme fire danger, we may employ a roving safety patrol & fireguard to provide fire reporting and initial attack. The patrol is used while machinery is working and may continue after working hours when necessary. Safety patrol & fireguard personnel use two-way radios and cell phonesto report fires and coordinate initial fire suppression activities.
Fuel & Lubricants.–The Swaggart crew hauls all fuel & lubricants to the worksite daily and does not store any hazardous materials on site or on public lands.
Camps.–The crew does not camp on project sites or on public lands.