Safety management in various fields is an interest of mine. The industrial field tends to have more accidents than most other types of job sites, so I’ve spent a lot of time learning about industrial accidents. How do they happen? Why do they happen? How do they affect employees, business owners, and clients? How do they impact the overall success of an industrial business? Some of the answers to these questions can be found in this blog. I started it to share the information that I’ve been collecting with people that are in my field of interest. If you work or own a business in the industrial field, knowing how to prevent accidents at work should be important to you. The information here can help you learn how to be more proactive in preventing them.
If your industrial site is near several acres of undeveloped land, you may want to buy the land to expand your buildings when you increase operations or when an old building falls into decline. The first step in choosing the ideal spot for your new building is to have the land surveyed before you buy it. A survey can help you choose the best location for a new building based on the grade of the land, elevation, and proximity to utilities and road access, so your construction costs are lower. Plus, you'll find if there are restrictions that will prevent you from building. Here are some important things you'll learn from having the land surveyed.
The Elevation And Flood Zone
It's important to know the elevation of the area where you want to put up a new building because you want it out of an area prone to flooding. It may be necessary to add soil and build up the area, which leads to increased costs. An industrial site in a flood zone may not be permitted, and if it is, the insurance rate could be too high to make it worthwhile. Knowing the elevation of the entire plot of land helps you know if you want to build on it, and if it is possible to move earth around, so water drains away from your operations.
Any Encumbrance On The Land
You definitely want to know about easements on the land. An easement is like having land you own but can't use. If a strip of your land has an easement with a utility company or local government, it could pose problems for building an industrial operation. The land could even have water on it that you're not allowed to use if an agreement is already in place before you buy the land. When an industrial surveyor works for you, he or she doesn't just measure the land; they also do research on the title and easements, restrictions, past use, and encumbrances so that you know if the land has a liability such as a lien attached.
The Setback Lines And Access
A survey also includes the setback area for any buildings you want to have made. In addition, the survey can map underground utilities and road access. You'll want to situate the buildings so trucks can enter and leave your property with the least amount of difficulty. All the information you learn could reveal that a large tract of land has a small amount of usable ground for your industrial purposes. If so, it's vital to know this information before you purchase the land.
An industrial survey can include many things not normally found in a non-industrial survey, so you'll want to talk with the company about your particular needs. You can have information included that is specific to your type of industry, or that's relevant to the particular plot of land you're looking to buy. A land surveyor has high-tech tools, such as GPS monitoring, 3D lasers, and drones for creating graphs and reports that tell you everything you need to know from the stability of the soil to the possibility of another company encroaching on the land. The more you know in advance, the better prepared you are for making a wise buying decision.