Recycle, Remove Safely
A contractor in the Midwest found the crew faced with tearing out multiple driveways, sidewalks, flares and pavement edges before the team could settle into paving. As you can see in the problematic pictures on this page, some of the sections of existing pavement were broken into slabs and removed with the skid steer. There’s nothing wrong with this concept. The execution here requires some discussion.
As you can see in the pictures on this page, a skid steer bucket was employed on this project for transferring broken slabs of cracked pavement to a haul truck for removal from the site.
Using the skid steer bucket to remove rubble from the site would be a perfectly acceptable practice if the crew had been given adequate time to break up the pavement and turn it into rubble. They weren’t given the opportunity to make safe, manageable chunks.
If your crew will be required to remove pavement from tight quarters or from areas where a utility size milling machine isn’t welcome, a jack hammer or pavement saw is your next best option to get the material down to a size that doesn’t pose a hazard to workers or passing motorists/pedestrians.
What ideas can you share for safe and efficient transfer of material on a tight project? What type of excavator or attachment would you recommend for this residential application? Share your ideas with one another on the AsphaltPro Facebook page when this article goes live in June and help keep colleagues safe.