Illegal Marijuana Grow Reclamation

Tasked with the destruction and removal of a 4-acre illegal marijuana grow operation on the slopes of the mountains just north of Boise.

Working for the Idaho Department of Lands, Winspear Construction was tasked with the destruction and removal of a 4-acre illegal marijuana grow operation on the slopes of the mountains just north of Boise. At the site, Winspear Construction began dismantling the grow operation by demolishing temporary shelters, removing irrigation pipe, removing garbage from and backfilling a large trash pit.

Due to the remote location of this job, Winspear Construction had to carefully plan and implement a safe mobilization and demobilization plan in order to transport heavy equipment to the site. Part of Winspear Construction’s mobilization plan involved the removal of downed trees on the roadways leading to the project site.

In addition, a safety plan was carefully put in place to mitigate the risks of operating heavy equipment on a 50-60 degree slope. Winspear Construction created a plan to use the excavator, utility terrain vehicle, Mule Tape (high-strength electrical Line used for pulling wire through conduit), several shackles, and 5,000 lb. ratchet straps. We lifted the excavator bucket high in the air with two shackles attached and then the mule tape was attached to the tow hitch of the UTV and run through the shackles down 600 ft. the men below. This created a type of pulley system that saved time and risk of injury or unnecessary physical danger to our crew.

Role: Design/Build, Construction Management

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