The Safe and Efficient Solution
The Utility Excavation Challenge
“Safety” is not a buzzword, and “Damage Prevention” are critical issues that are especially important when considering the incredible amount of work that is done around buried utilities.
Beneath the soil lies a complex maze of facilities carrying petroleum products, electricity, water, wastewater, natural gas, and telecommunications. Every single day incidents occur across the country that leave utilities damaged, property destroyed, and sometimes, workers injured or worse.
Most companies who work around buried facilities fully understand the risks involved, but solutions are not always simple. The challenge faced by most contractors and facility owners is: How does one work safely in today’s congested underground while remaining both efficient and productive?
The Hydrovac Excavation Solution
Hydrovac excavation is one solution changing the way companies approach the dangers of underground construction. Hydrovac excavation is a non-destructive method of excavation that uses water and vacuum power to quickly and safely expose underground infrastructure.
During the Hydrovac process, pressurized water is injected into the ground through a handheld wand. As the soil cover is liquefied, the resulting slurry is simultaneously extracted by a powerful vacuum and stored in a debris tank onboard the Hydrovac.
Hydrovacs can dig effectively in all soil types, including clay, and with the aid of onboard heaters Hydrovacs provide a safe means of digging in frozen ground. In addition, some of the more powerful Hydrovacs systems can excavate over 40’ deep and at distances greater than 400’ from the truck, enabling work to be done in areas of limited access.
An argument can be made that the use of Hydrovacs requires the importing of backfill. However, the productivity gains realized by Hydrovac customers more than offset the cost and inconvenience of this additional requirement.
The use of Hydrovac technology has grown to the point where hydrovac service providers support utilities (electric, gas, water, sewer, telecommunications), their contractors, and engineers on a daily basis, digging thousands of holes per year.”
Hydro-Vacs are used for numerous applications including: fibre optic test holes, trenching for cable installation, piling holes, culvert cleanouts, catch basin cleanouts, mud spot cleaning at switches, diamonds, crossings and approaches to bridges, and debris removal.
The Bottom Line
Excavators all want to complete their work safely and without incident, but they also need to maintain their bottom line if they want to stay in business. The added cost of using a hydrovac on a project can be negated by the increased productivity achieved on the job. By clearing a path through utility conflicts, a Hydrovac can help contractors put more pipe in the ground per day, install more poles per day, or complete more service repairs in a day.
Hydrovacs add value to projects by helping contractors get more out of their existing resources. The beauty of the Hydrovac solution is that all of this can be done without the risk of causing damage to existing infrastructure.
We believe in…SAFETY
We are committed at all levels to provide employees with the necessary tools, training, and understanding to be safe in all aspects of our lives. The safety of our people, clients, Equipment and the Environment with the highest regard for service excellence and client satisfaction in mind.
Management demands participation in the Safety Programs by all employees and will provide proper equipment, training and procedures. Employees are responsible for following policies, procedures, working safely and wherever possible, improving safety measures. Through continuous safety improvement our goal is to have an injury and incident free workplace.
SIU Employees depend on Safety, customers demand it and Suck It Up Hydrovac Service is committed to creating, promoting and maintaining a safe workplace.
As our employees form an integral part of Super Sucker Hydro Vac, we understand the importance of providing qualified and certified operators. The commitment to provide a high level of training is essential to our employees and customers. All operators are certified and/or trained in the following
- Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations
- First Aid
- Electrical Utility Safety Rules
- Hydrovac Operator Competency and Equipment Training
- Fall Protection
- Electrical Awareness
- Equipotential Bonding
- Inspection Training
- Trench Safety AND MORE