Safety Protocols for Soil Sampling
- John Simon
Many people believe that soil sampling contains little risk, but this is not true. Soil sampling techniques available involve shovels, hand augers, backhoe pits, hydraulic direct push probes, and drill rigs that advance hollow stem augers. Some of the potential risks include sampling in areas containing buried utilities, pit cave-in, equipment failure, dehydration, muscle skeletal injury, and allergic reactions to plants and insect stings. The purpose of this section is to discuss the applicability of soil sampling methods and key safety issues associated with these methods. Each of these methods can have significant safety hazards, some of which can result in long-term injury or death. The safety protocols presented should be a starting point for project planning.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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