Site clearance is a vitalpart of every construction projects. Itentails removing hazardous materials from a site area, as well as levelingand preparing the land for any construction projects. This type of work hasa method to follow to become successful.

Beloware the essential actions to follow in site clearing:

1.     Site access

Safety of people is the toppriority. Due to hazardous chemicals used in the site area, people who havesite safety training should only be allowed on the premises.

2.     Permit

Excavation permit or siteclearance must be issued to the person in charged with the clearing operation.

3.     Controlling unauthorized person in the site

Establishing boundaries torestrict access to secured or high-risk areas.

4.     Perimeter fence

The operationwill only be done within the boundaries set and approved in the contract

5.     Vegetation removal

Vegetation elimination onthe project site must be disposed of properlyin accordance with the environmental regulations.

The landowner mustconstantly engage in every construction operation to ensure that all activitiesare done according to their approved objectives and requirements. Frank Owens Contractorsprovides utility service which aims to help clients attain their objectives inthe most efficient and economical way.



Site clearing is the first task ofsite preparation. The site must be cleared and in graded condition beforestarting any constructions works. Site clearing is the removal of obstaclesthat might hinder the construction process such as plants, trees, rocks or oldinfrastructures that must be demolished.

Here are some ways to managethe work and ensure the necessary safety and precautions for those involvedduring the process:

1.     Land clearing permit

Land clearing permit isrequired for certain site clearing activities within the city. Necessarydocumentation and agreements must be established to ensure that proper controlmeasures are taken to avoid all hazards and damage beyond the boundaries.

2.     Workplace safety

Safety of workers andnon-workers are utmost importance. Most accidents happen due to improper use ofheavy equipments and explosives. Workerswho have access to the site area must have a good understanding of safety measures.

3.     Project boundaries

Construction boundaryfencing is an advantage as it helps to protect your site from unwanted entriesand to keep your equipment and materials safe. Fencing on the premises isessential to prevent injuries and ensure that all workers and visitors areaware of any dangerous hazards on site. Furthermore, by marking the perimeterof the construction, all works will be done within the limits set.

4.     Removal of vegetation

Proper waste removal ofexisting native vegetation on the project area is important. All vegetationwill be cleared which then be stockpiled and disposed of properly in accordancewith the environmental regulations.

Whether the project is foran individual landowner or for a major commercial development, Frank Owens Contractors works closelywith its clients to ensure that the objectives and requirements of the projectare met.



Site clearance and other ground works activities have potentialenvironmental impacts which must be addressed even before any engineeringplanning is done. Evaluation of the overall ecological effects of clearing andremoving vegetation or disturbing other natural features, such as creeks,springs or waterfalls, for the purpose of putting up structures requiresthorough study and research to avoid fraud. Furthermore, even if detailed investigationis done, steps must also be taken to minimize any possible environmentalimpacts of the project on the locality and the general area where it islocated.

Here are some of the potential ecological andenvironmental impactswhich must be considered:

1. Surface and groundworkcontamination during construction

The release of such substances as oil, methane and other toxicchemicals used in any construction activity may affect the pH or the overallquality of the water and the soil of the immediate site as well as neighboringareas.

2. Potential increase in water run-off into surroundingareas

Ground works and other clearing operations may divert or affectexisting waterways such that more run-off might be diverted toward criticalareas where residences may be affected or even result in such potentialdangers, such as landslides or mudslides.

3. Loss of habitats and flora ormigration of fauna from the area

Noise during construction may disturb the feeding and sleepingpatterns of fauna and clearing operations might directly lead to destruction ofhabitats for plants and insects and other animals, particularly mammals andbirds. The worst result would be the complete loss of all plant and animal lifebecause of lack of concern for environmental preservation, as most people didin the past.

4. Pollution from surface waterrunoff during construction

Surface water runoff during construction may also pollutewaterways as a result of clearing and construction activities. Rivers, streamsand strings may carry loosened topsoil and even chemicals used in operatingconstruction equipment, as well as debris from wastes or materials used duringthe construction, especially when proper disposal of such chemicals and wastesare not observed.

Concern for the environment requires meticulous study so as toconserve the benefits we derive from having a balanced ecology within humandwelling areas. Frank Owens Contractors has the experience and expertiseneeded to provide utility services, assuring landowners that sufficient carefor the environment is achieved for the sake of future generations.