SAFETY ADVANTAGES OF SUCTION?
Vacuum excavation is the safest method of digging around live utilities as it allows you to remove the earth from around existing pipes and cables without damaging the underground utilities and causing any unnecessary health and safety or environmental incidents.
Instead of arduous physical work with shovel and air hammer both of which can damage underground cables or the risky use of an excavator, the soil is simply suctioned away with the suction excavator.
The use of suction excavators is up to 16 times more effective than conventional excavation methods and replaces the time and cost-intensive work done by hand in different sectors.
Suction excavators are safe, very fast on-site, ready for immediate use, operate in an environmentally harmless way, offer a high level of industrial safety, require little space and suck through small openings.
Vacuum excavation always leaves behind a clean construction site and ensure that fewer machines and deployment of personnel are necessary. Instead of 3 workers, an excavator and a truck, you only need one suction excavator and its operators. This reduces your carbon footprint and is the most environmentally friendly way to dig around live services.
Our suction excavators have a long reach the four moveable joints have a reach of six metres to enable convenient operation from a safe location. The suction hose is firmly guided from the cover right up to the suction crown and can, therefore, be placed exactly in the suction point. The fully hydraulically guided jointed hose carrier is the optimum solution for working well at distances between 0 and 6 metres.
With a swivel range of 180°, the jointed hose carrier is specially adapted to site conditions. This allows the machine also to work safely where space is limited. The suction hoses are developed especially for a high load.
If you are working with a vacuum excavator in a confined space location, VAC UK has several options for you. One is to use a long hose which we carry with our trucks.
We can supply up to 200 metres of hosing so you can suction soil and other materials from the remotest locations. We use this hosing to go into confined or difficult to access areas that have safety advantages as it stops the workers from having to go into the health and safety danger zone when they don’t need to.
We also have remote control units that can be used to position the vacuum excavator in the perfect spot for suctioning the material without any people having to position the hose in place.
This is ideal for using a vacuum excavator in highly hazardous locations.
The number of ‘safety-related electrical incidents’ caused by underground cable, joint or link box damage reported under the requirements of the Electricity, Safety, Quality, and Continuity Regulations 2002 to the HSE.