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    Safety Factors to Consider During an Excavation Project

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Defined by OSHA as a man-made cut, trench, cavity, or depression in the earth’s surface formed by earth removal, excavation is one of the most hazardous types of construction projects. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to minimize risks and keep your construction team safe during the project. To learn more about the safety factors that come into play during an excavation project, read on.

    Site Risks

    Out of all of the accidents that can occur at an excavation site, cave-ins present the greatest risk. According to OSHA, other accidents and hazards that can create a serious risk during an excavation project include falling loads, falls, equipment incidents, and hazardous atmospheres.


    Pre-planning is essential before conducting excavation work, even for experienced construction professionals, because many of the accidents that occur during excavation are preventable. The jobsite and materials on hand should be surveyed. In particular, OSHA recommends looking at the traffic, soil, location of the water table, surface and ground water, proximity and physical conditions of nearby structures, overhead and underground utilities, and weather. This information can be used to determine the type and amount of safety equipment you need.

    Avoiding Hitting Underground Utility Lines and Pipes

    Before beginning work, OSHA recommends finding the approximate location of utility installations and other underground installations on the site. Contact the utility companies to inform them of the excavation and ask them to find the exact location of the underground installations.

    Preparing Workers

    Workers must be aware of the important role they play in keeping the jobsite safe. Emphasize rules such as removing obstacles at the workplace, wearing safety gear, and following proper work practices.

    At Peninsula Hauling & Demo we have over a decade of experience providing excavation and trucking services that follow all OSHA safety standards. Serving the San Francisco Bay Area, we are a family-owned business that values customer service and satisfaction. Call us at (650) 489-0226 or visit our website for more information or to schedule a demolition or hauling estimate. 

    Planning a Building Demolition

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Planning a building demolition is a complex process that must be done by a demolition contractor weeks or even months in advance. Demolition planning is a team effort that requires communication and collaboration between the client, architect, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, demolition planner, and regulatory agencies. Here’s a closer look at the process of planning a building demolition.

    Recognizing a Need for More Extensive Planning

    Some demolition projects call for a more thorough planning process than is normally required. If the building is contaminated, has historic significance, or is close to other buildings, a careful consideration of demolition techniques should be given. The same is true when the building has special construction features, or when there are parts of the building that must be preserved during the demolition.

    Controlling Nuisance Factors

    Dust is a big problem with many demolition projects. Using the latest technology and proper demolition methods can help control dust emissions more effectively. Noise is a problem that can be mitigated by equipping heavy demolition equipment with sound suppression devices. Otherwise, the building demolition project should be scheduled so that it does not occur during special events or evening hours. Using the proper work methods can minimize vibration-related damage during a building demolition.

    Material Disposal and Recycling

    The contractor is usually legally responsible for disposing of any materials detached from the building. Recycling is an important component of many demolition projects; but depending on the market value of the material and the particulars of the demolition job, it sometimes makes more sense to re-use the materials instead of sending them to a recycling facility.

    Peninsula Hauling & Demo has extensive experience in the demolition industry. If you need a commercial or residential demolition service near San Francisco, call us at (650) 489-0226. Visit our website to request an estimate or to find out more about the hauling, demolition, and junk removal services we offer.

    What You Need to Know about Responsible Deconstruction

    Last updated 24 days ago

    When a residential or commercial property is scheduled for deconstruction, it’s essential that all hazardous materials are removed. Responsible deconstruction is the process of identifying, containing, and properly disposing of hazardous construction waste. By following guidelines for responsible deconstruction, you can help protect the environment, ensure that all building residents and workers are kept safe, and minimize your liability. The San Francisco deconstruction experts at Peninsula Hauling & Demo, Inc. explain responsible deconstruction in this infographic. You’ll also find information about common types of hazardous waste. Please feel free to share this information and help spread the word about responsible deconstruction. 

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    Reasons to Choose Peninsula Hauling & Demo, Inc.

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Peninsula Hauling & Demo offers the best hauling, demolition, and junk removal services in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are an EPA lead-safe certified company that believes in the importance of eco-friendly garbage removal and recycling. In fact, we recycle almost all of the garbage we collect. You can call us or visit our website any time for an estimate. We offer prompt hauling and demolition services for a great value, and can even provide same-day service for calls made before 9am. Our staff is friendly and professional, and trained to operate our fleet. With 11 vehicles, a Bobcat excavator, two estimators, and more than 20 bilingual crew members, we are highly qualified to handle whatever challenge you have for us.

    To learn more about the advantages of choosing Peninsula Hauling & Demo for demolition services or junk removal, visit our website. We have been serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 2002. You can request an estimate from us any time by calling us at (650) 489-0226 or filling out an online form. 

    Tips for Clearing Out the Junk in Your Home

    Last updated 1 month ago

    It’s easy for junk to pile up in and around your home, especially if you are remodeling or constructing new additions. Unfortunately, a cluttered mind can often be the result of a cluttered home. In fact, you’ll be amazed how well you feel, mentally and physically, once you clear out all of the junk in your home. Check out these tips to learn how you can clean up your home, and contact a junk removal service in the Bay Area to assist you. 

    Identify and Separate the Junk

    For starters, go through your home and identify the useless junk that is only taking up space. Sometimes junk is easy to spot, such as debris and materials left over from a construction or remodeling job. Other times, it is a matter of thinking critically about how useful an appliance or piece of furniture is and being able to get rid of the junk that no longer serves a purpose.

    Utilize Wall Space

    If you have a lot of stuff cluttering up your floors, get it off the floor and onto shelving units along your walls. Most homes have lots of unused vertical wall space, so be sure to look around your home for opportunities to add shelves or other wall-mounted storage to keep your floors clean.

    Haul Away the Big Stuff

    Once you get a handle on the clutter around your home, it’s time to get rid of the really big pieces of junk that are taking up valuable space. If you have an unused sectional couch, broken refrigerator, or rusty weight bench taking up space, contact a junk removal company to haul away the trash and clear out your home.

    For help cleaning up your home, contact Peninsula Hauling & Demolition. Our junk removal services include household clean-outs, appliance removal, construction and remodeling clean-up, landscape demolition, and more. Visit our website or call us at (650) 489-0226 to learn more about our junk removal services in San Francisco

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