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Demolition and Site Clearance: The Importance of Planning For an Efficient Site Clearance Project

A site clearance project involves the machinery removal from a cleared site and the leveling and preparation of land for building or landscaping. Some materials such as the soil, stones and bricks can be recycled and reused in the new construction on the site. Others that cannot be reused such as vegetation are removed from site.

So Why Is Site Clearance Planning Important?

1. Proper site clearance planning will ensure that the safety of workers and other people in and around the site is assured. Exit routes and the supervision processes need to be made well in advance. An expert and his foreman should supervise the machinery removal process at all times.

2. During site clearance planning, the nature of debris and the extent and nature of contamination is established. Importance of the targeted site to the surrounding community will determine the level of safety precautionary measures to be undertaken before the project is undertaken and also the decontamination that will take place in order to assure the residents that everything is safe and the site is ready for development.

3. The time to be taken for site clearance can be estimated and this is important when applying for clearance from the local community. Clearance is important especially if the project is going to render some public roads impassable or may interfere with some utilities like clean water supply, electricity supply and sewerage disposal. The surrounding community is generally more accommodating when the project is estimated to take a shorter time.

4. Ensures restoration of the area amenities like water and electricity are managed effectively.

5. It is essential for safe machinery removal and specialized handling of any waste that is contaminated. Showing competency in your ability to properly dispose of waste and decontamination procedures will assure the public and stakeholders of the usability of the land reclaimed.

6. Planning also enables you to take into account any legal procedures required in the disposal of debris. If the legal requirements are ignored or are unknown or are not followed, the whole project may end up being delayed and even stopped. When the debris disposal plan has been made, it will be approved by the required authorities.

7. By planning site clearance, you establish the amount of work involved so that you can organize what needs to be done first. The site clearance is then undertaken in phases where when one section of the site is cleared the debris is cleared to another location where further sorting of the debris is undertaken to establish what is usable and what is to be disposed.

8. All equipment and machines for machinery removal of debris to be used in the project is established; land reclamation machinery and vehicles to be used in debris relocation is identified and put on the ready to minimize undue delays. Debris should be quickly removed from the site so as not to endanger the workers or any other persons on the site.

9. The costs involved in the project can be estimated with proper planning. This is essential for quotation purposes where a site clearance contractor will be able to determine how much to charge the client. Costs are established by looking at the nature of debris, amount of labor required, type of machinery to be used and estimated time the project will take as well as general difficulty of the job.

5 Tips For Employees Facing Security Clearance Issues

The following are 5 easy tips for federal employees and government contractors to consider when they face potential problem areas in the processing of their security clearances. Usually, an applicant first discovers a potential problem when they begin to review the principal form used to apply for such clearances, the SF-86 / e-QIP. Quite often the issue arises from a review of a question that cannot be answered with a clear “no.” (example: Have you been arrested in the past 7 years?).

Some quick tips for a clearance applicant include the following:

1. Be Honest: This is one of the most basic and important tips. It is often not the underlying issue that results in a security clearance denial (example: an arrest for driving under the influence), but rather when the clearance applicant is not truthful about the incident. It is a lot easier for an attorney to mitigate security clearance concerns involving an arrest, than it is to defend against an allegation that an individual was not honest in their initial application.

2. Advance Preparation for Security Clearance Problem Areas: If an individual is aware that there could potentially be a security clearance problem areas in their application they should plan in advance how they will respond to questions about the issue. This can even include obtaining documentation regarding a potential problem area in advance to mitigate the security concern early. The individual should be prepared, in advance, to address any problem areas instead of attempting to do so at the last minute.

3. Take Time to Properly Complete the Application: We often see a number of problems and even denials of security clearance applications where a federal employee or government contractor did not take enough time to read and answer all of the questions carefully. This is critical. In some cases, if an applicant does not take the time to read the question and answers “no” when they should answer “yes” the investigator could assume that individual was attempting to hide information from them. It pays to carefully complete the security clearance application.

4. Prepare for the Clearance Interview: If an individual knows that there is a good chance that problem areas exist in a security clearance application, the person should expect to be asked about the areas in advance by the investigator that is assigned. These interviews can vary from an hour to several hours depending on whether security concerns exist. Preparation (and practice) for the interview can help iron out any problem areas in advance and will provide confidence to the applicant when the time comes to meet with the investigator and to explain their responses to the problem areas.

5. Get Legal Advice Early: An individual has the best chance of resolving clearance problem areas when they get legal advice early when a suspected problem area exists, instead of waiting. Doing so also tends to cost less than trying to rectify a problem later in the process after a denial has been issued. It is our experience that some security clearance problems that we see which could have been resolved early (but were not) require significant efforts to reverse later in the process.

There are many considerations for a federal employee or government contractor when potential problems arise in the security clearance process, but I hope that these 5 tips are helpful. Each case varies so it is important to discuss any individual cases with a knowledgeable lawyer familiar with security clearance law. Please be advised that the information in this article is strictly for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.