Erosion Control on Steep Slopes and Embankments

erosion control on steep slopes and embankments

How to control erosion control on steep slopes

Heavy rain can cause damage to the soil and it can lead to erosion as well. Erosion is the action of surface processes that remove soil, rock or other dissolved material from the surface of earth. The removed particles are then transported to other locations.

Some problems associated with erosion

Erosion can cause a lot of problems. When the erosion process starts, the top soil generally erodes first. The top soil is rich in nutrients and when it erodes away, the remainder of the soil does not have enough nutrients to support plant life.

In addition to the removal of top soil, erosion can cause an increased runoff. The reason behind this is that, as the top soil erodes away, the soil that is left behind, does not have good water retaining capability. Due to the erosion of top soil, the organic matter in the soil is reduced and so water retention is decreased.

Erosion on soil can also cause sediment to accumulate in nearby lakes, oceans and rivers. Due to the sedimentation, the fish and other wildlife find it difficult to see well and find their food. Another problem that may arise is that they sometimes intake soil particulates through their gills which affects their breathing.

Due to land development on hilly areas, erosion control becomes vital on steep slopes and embankments. Especially in areas that experience heavy rainfall. Such steep slopes that have no vegetation or cover are more likely to develop erosion as compared to other ones. Erosion can cause a lot of damage to the landscape and the infrastructure that is surrounding a particular project. So, it is essential to protect the hillside from erosion before the starting and completion of the project.

Read the complete article to develop an understanding of this problem and to learn how to cater this problem!

Soil erosion is bad and can prove to be very harmful, so it must be controlled. There are many ways to control and limit this issue and are described below:

Natural Solutions

natural ways to control erosion in soil

The most effective, natural way to control soil erosion on steep slopes and embankments is to plant vegetation. Not only will the grass, fescue and leaves help to slow down raindrops as they fall, the roots of the plants will also help to hold the soil together, making it harder for water to wash it away.

However, when planting vegetation on a slope to stop erosion, you need to keep in mind that what you’re planting is just as important as the planting. Though grasses can create a groundcover that can absorb some moisture, they have less effective storm water filtration ability compared to native ground cover.

Artificial Solutions

artificial solutions to control erosion

Other than planting vegetation, there are also a variety of artificial solutions you can use. For instance, the use of geomats has become popular over the last few years. Geomats are water permeable polymers that are used to help fix soil elements, grass and small plant roots, and have been shown to work extremely well, especially on barren slopes that have no vegetation.

Soil Composition Enhancement

enhancing the composition of soil to control erosion

You could also control erosion by controlling the soil itself. As heavy rain tends to be the biggest culprit for soil erosion on slopes and embankments, by controlling the composition of the soil, you specialty soils could control the effect that water has on it and therefore the likelihood that it will be eroded.

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Lack of Safe Platforms for Work On Crane


MK 2012-11-22

Major crane hire company erred on work at height precautions

A company has been fined after a worker fractured his vertebrae after falling while working on the platform of a crane.

High Wycombe Magistrates Court heard how the 54-year-old was working on the platform on 14 March 2016, which was 2m above ground level when he fell. He has since made a largely full recovery.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the fall could have been prevented by reasonably practicable measures, which have now been put in place.

Work at height protection is vital

Terex Cranes UK Ltd pleaded guilty to Regulation (4) of the Working at Height Regulations 2005 at High Wycombe Magistrates, was fined £50,000. The company also had to pay costs of £1699.52 and a £170 victim surcharge.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Stephen Faulkner said:

“This case highlights the importance of ensuring that workers have reasonable measures in place while working at height and it is carried out in a safe manner.

The company has now initiated a system of work platforms which would have prevented the falls.”


The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) website provides free guidance including advice on working at height on mobile cranes and tower cranes.

TNT Crane Opens A New Branch In Edmonton Alberta

TNT Crane & Rigging Canada Inc. opens new Branch in Edmonton, Alberta

TNT Crane & Rigging Canada is pleased to announce that it will open a branch office outside of Edmonton in Leduc, Alberta in July, 2016. The new branch will be located at 3310 Allard Avenue, Leduc, Alberta.

TNT is expanding into the area to provide crane services to existing and new customers in the region.  TNT crane services currently has seven branches stretching from British Columbia to Ontario servicing multiple industries including Oil & Gas, Wind Construction, Bridge & Road Construction as well as Commercial customers.

Bob Fairbank, President & CEO said “We are excited about opening our newest branch in Edmonton and bringing our experience and expertise to better serve our customers in the region. Edmonton offers great potential for growth and we look forward to expanding our customer base here through this commitment.”

About TNT Crane & Rigging

Founded in 1985, TNT Crane and Rigging is one of the largest crane service providers in North America.  TNT operates a modern fleet of more than 625 hydraulic truck, all terrain and crawler cranes ranging in lifting capacity from 8 tons to 1300 tons, plus a comprehensive inventory of gantry jacks, forklifts, rigging equipment, personnel and tractor/trailers.  The company has over 1,400 employees working in branch locations from Texas, Denver, Canada and the Atlantic seaboard. TNT has the equipment and experience to deliver lifting solutions efficiently and safely.

Tilt Up Concrete Panels by Cranes

The Basics of Tilt Up Construction

Like any business, the construction industry has its own jargon, but you don’t have to be an expert to understand what tilt up construction means. One of the largest and most popular growing industries in the United States, the technique fast gaining pace – and taking up ground – in Canada, too.liebherr mobile crane performing a pre-cast concrete tilt up

From the ground up

Hoist them up and you’re done, right? Tilt up construction may seem straightforward, but there are still multiple, equally important stages to the process. These include:

  • Site evaluation, whereby a qualified professional will study the land and plan the construction before a single ounce of cement is poured.
  • Engineering, providing a stage for intricate planning and problem solving, step by step.
  • Footings and floor slabs, laying down the foundations of the build.
  • Panel forming, building the walls using reveal strips.
  • Reinforcing, erecting a steel grid to support the walls.
  • Embeds and inserts, allowing space for additions to the walls once they’ve been constructed, using pre-fabricated steel plates.
  • Panel erection, lifting the walls from floor to site, before securing them vertically on the structure.
  • Panel finishing, the final stages of securing the walls and ensuring health and safety compliance is met.
  • Insulated panels, making the buildings with high R ratings.

Low cost

One of the biggest draws to this form of construction is the price tag attached to it. Whether you are looking to fill 10 or 1000 square foot, there is no denying tilt up construction is cost effective and likely to help you avoid any hidden costs. Tilt up construction requires the panels to be set on the ground, horizontally or offsite. Once the panels are cured they can be hoisted into place with a mobile hydraulic crane. This makes the build process incredibly fast. The shell of a building can be erected within a 2-3 weeks timeframe.

The benefits

The benefits of using this tilt up construction technique go beyond the building industry. It provides a solid base – literally – for a new life. Fast, secure and reliable, this form of construction is taking on for good reason.

Eagle West Crane & Rigging is a division of TNT Crane & Rigging Canada.