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Shifting From Road Building & Maintenance to CVOR

Posted on Thursday, May 4th, 2017

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So, what can you expect after July 1st, 2017? In a nutshell: change.

The impetus for change is often triggered by discovering an inequality, loophole or safety concerns, and the changes coming to the Vacuum / Hydrovac Excavation industry in Ontario, Canada, and in particular to vehicles previously considered “Road Building & Maintenance”, are no different.  For companies looking to comply with these new regulations, or for those organizations looking to use hydro vac service suppliers that are in compliance, the effect of these legislative and regulatory changes will be significant.

It is worth stating that this “new” operating and regulatory environment is already across Canada. As one LinkedIn reader recently (and appropriately) posted to an article on this matter, “Welcome, Ontario, to the rest of Canada”. However, while we acknowledge that other jurisdictions operate with similar frameworks since the Ontario industry developed inside the provisions of the “Road Building & Maintenance” classification, change now is far more impactful.  While this change should have a positive influence on the operation and maintenance of vehicles within the Vacuum Excavation industry, in the long run, the overall immediate impact to the industry will not be insignificant.

For example, there are currently Hydrovac trucks operating in Ontario that, post-July 1st 2017, will be non-compliant even with absolutely no material in the debris container. Nothing. Not even a Tim Hortons’ small coffee cup lid. They will effectively become very, very large (and expensive) paperweights.

For all other full-size (15 yard) hydrovac trucks, when the debris container is full and the truck is full of water, they will be illegal. All of them, without exception. As the hydrovac industry has many manufacturers, and as each truck is different, based on a myriad of available options from both the chassis and body manufacturers, each truck will have different amounts they can legally carry, post July.

Here are a few other effects we expect to see as a direct result of the legislative and regulatory changes:

1.      Increased costs.

Putting aside the obvious cost of replacing paperweights with usable hydrovacs, and the cost to enter and operate within the Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration – in short, outside of any associated cost incurred by complying with the changes listed in the Ontario Trucking Association link below – the actual end user cost for excavating on a volume project will jump considerably. By our estimations, if vacuum excavating a cubic foot of soil currently costs $12, very arguably, after July 1st, because of reduced legal debris tank capacities, that same cubic foot will jump to $15.20 (based on increased time, disposal fees, etc.). Without fully disclosing assumptions, but considering the size of the hydrovac industry in Ontario, and current market rates, this represents an increased cost of greater than $250,000,000. It’s worth repeating that this $250 million is solely the cost to the purchasers of hydrovac services in Ontario, and is outside of cost increases due to organizations potentially raising fees to offset their additional operating expenses.

2.      Increased truck traffic.

Whether a “pup” unit goes to the jobsite to remove spoils, or whether the hydrovac leaves the jobsite earlier and more often to dispose of the contents, we will see truck traffic increase, potentially up to 75% more truck traffic on our shared roads.

3.      Less productive construction sites.

Whether the hydrovac truck leaves the jobsite earlier due to reduced capacity, or if it temporarily stops excavating to offload debris contents into a “pup” unit, jobsite efficiency will decrease.

4.      Manufacturer changes.

Since existing equipment cannot be utilized to full capacity on the roads in Ontario, we expect new trucks to have different dimensions, as seen by equipment manufacturers like Rival Hydrovac, for example.

5.      Digging Differently.

As cost increases, one can expect to see a corresponding spike in interest to reduce costs, and as such we expect the industry to dig differently, whenever possible. Whether this manifests in the form of hand digging, smaller trucks, more “on the jobsite offloading”, or whether we see an increase in new technology such as Suction Excavation in the marketplace, we expect to see digging done differently and diversification in the Dig Safe marketplace.

Today, the hydrovac is a portrait of Digging Safe. Vacuum excavation exists because of safety, and the hydrovac industry has had a very positive impact on making excavation projects safer. As one company in a diverse market, Super Sucker remains committed to safety and complying with evolving regulations, while continually providing value to its employees, its clients and the community. Our Dig Safe commitment is supported by certifications with ISNetworld, Gold Shovel and COR, and is demonstrated by our continued, strong support of organizations like the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance – whose vision is to be recognized as leading Ontario to be the safest jurisdiction with the most reliable infrastructure in North America, and whose motto is “Working Together for a Safer Ontario”.

Come July 1st, 2017, we hope the vacuum excavation industry remains committed to its founding principles, seamlessly adapting the new regulations as revised parameters for Digging Safe. Further, we hope the purchasers of vacuum excavation services in Ontario support organizations who honour this commitment.

References:

For more information regarding the upcoming industry changes, you can read more about the “why” on the Ontario Trucking Association website:

http://ontruck.org/mto-inches-closer-to-closing-exemption-loophole-for-certain-trucks/) and the “what” on the Ministry of Transportation’s website here http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/road-building-machines.shtml

Originally a LinkedIn post, written by Dan Bartels

VP – Operations at Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service Inc.

Alternate Locate Agreements; What you need to know about “ALA’s”.

Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2016
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As a leading provider of hydro vac excavation services throughout Ontario, it is necessary for Super Sucker Hydro Vac Services to have locates when digging.  However, this does not always mean we need to have traditional field locates.  With many of the province’s larger underground facility owners, we have established an alternate arrangement – an Alternate Locate Agreement, often referred to as an “ALA”.  To help explain what this is and how it works, we have developed a frequently asked questions document.  We hope this helps make this innovative process a bit clearer for our clients and the public.

What exactly is an Alternate Locate Agreement (ALA)?

An ALA is a legal agreement, between plant/facility owner and an excavator, outlining the conditions and terms, agreed to by both parties, whereby the indicated excavator can safely proceed without a traditional field locate, aka “paint on the ground”, when using a specific method of excavation (hydro vac), for low risk work.  The documentation contains information regarding excavation methods and procedures that must be followed, as well as details surrounding “allowable work”.  As a legal agreement, there is a start date, term limit, and an expiration date indicated, and contains termination, insurance, and legal liability clauses.

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What does this Alternate Locate Agreement (ALA) allow the excavator to do with respect to our underground facilities?

The “allowable work” component of the agreement is outlined in the document’s Schedule “A”.  This section lists the specific criteria under which the excavator can proceed without obtaining a traditional field locate.  This includes the method of excavation – in our case it is hydro vac excavation – as well as excavation specifications, and industry guidelines and best practices to be followed.

Hydro vac excavation is an acknowledged safe digging, low risk excavation method when following industry best practices.  As the ALA grants the facility owner the ability to audit and revoke the agreement, it is in the best interest of the hydro vac excavator to employ strict operation procedures to ensure compliance.

As a facility owner, why should we sign an Alternate Locate Agreement?  What are the benefits?

An ALA benefits both the utility plant owner and the excavator.  You can reduce the number of unnecessary locate requests in the situations where we are excavating with hydro vac, reducing your locate service provider (LSP) cost substantially.  ALAs also reduce your paperwork load and administrative costs. We benefit as we can get to work quicker and more efficiently.   Bottom line: ALAs save utility owners money.

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Does an Alternate Locate Agreement increase our risk of damage to underground infrastructure?

In the past, some utility owners have expressed concerns related to potential plant damage. However, according to research undertaken by ON1Call, there has been no damage increase related to the correct use of an ALA.

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As an organization, ON1Call is encouraging all facility owners to use ALAs to reduce the workload for the entire damage prevention industry.

More information on ALAs, can be found online at:

http://on1call.com/index.php/resource-centre/online-reference-guide/ (this is a long page and requires some scrolling, but the info is listed).

Have more questions about Alternate Locate Agreements (ALAs)?  Please send us an email at inquiries@supersucker.ca (please reference ALA in the subject line).  We will make sure the right person gets you the right answer.

Updated and Reposted from Nov 2014

LO Congress 2016

Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Last week was the 42nd Landscape Ontario Congress hosted at the International Centre in Toronto. The show had over 600 cutting-edge suppliers exhibiting on more than eight acres of show floor, and featured dozens of inspirational and educational seminars throughout the entire week.

Our sales team at Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service Inc. was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to once again attend this great event. This year our display focused on our growing fleet of volumetric concrete trucks that enable clients to receive the freshest true MPa concrete to their jobsites only paying for what they need. You can learn more about it by looking at the infographic below:

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As our service offerings have expanded over the past few years we have transitioned to a  total service provider for the landscape industry offering hydro vac  excavation, backfill service and material, as well as various types of concrete.

Let us show you how we can help you make your next project a success today by contacting our sales team at: sales@supersucker.ca.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth!

Christmas 2015

Posted on Thursday, December 24th, 2015

As 2015 draws to a close it is a great opportunity for us to express our gratitude. We would like to extends our heartfelt thanks to all our employees for their dedication and work ethic (they’re the reason we say “We dig a little deeper”); to our clients for giving us the opportunity to serve; and our families and community for supporting and working alongside us this past year.

Super Sucker Staff Xmas Party

We would like to draw special attention to all our employees who contributed to the company’s annual toy drive in support of City Kidz, setting a new corporate record for donations – enough to give gifts to over 130 children this Christmas! We also had a special guest help us deliver the bags. Click the link below to find out who!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDv6qiAX9ck

Looking towards 2016, we are excited for new opportunities for our entire team to continue to exceed our client’s expectations, and to give back to our communities.  We humbly recognize that none of this is possible without the foundation in which we put our hope, our heavenly God, and Father. We continually are able to see his blessings and hand in all things and  we offer our thanks for the ultimate Christmas gift – his Son.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Safe New Year.

Concrete Services

Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Volumetric Concrete Mixer

Our mobile volumetric mixers allow us to prepare various concrete products right on your work site. Made to your exact specifications, including MPa and quantity, our system guarantees the best, freshest concrete products every time.

Volumetric Concrete Mixer

While traditional batch plant concrete begins to degrade and lose workability during the time it takes to load and deliver the material to your site our mobile mixer produces a true MPa on your right on your site. It is also capable of producing unshrinkable fill (ufill), controlled density backfill, medium and high strength concrete.

Never have to pay for unused material ever again. You only pay for the for the amount you need with no minimum load size or under load fees whenever you order with our mixer. Our accurate metering results in virtually no waste left on your site requiring disposal.

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With our trained technicians we are able to control all aspects of production and delivery allowing us to provide the best product in the exact amount required for your project.

Contact our concrete specialist Mike Bultje at sales@supersucker.ca today to find out how we can make your next pour as efficient as possible.

What Is A Valid Locate?

Posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

In our last blog we discussed that April is Dig Safe month across North America and the importance of safe digging practices by having proper locates called in and obtained before you dig.. But what constitutes a valid (proper) locate? Contrary to popular belief a valid locate is not just having paint on the ground but also requires you to have a physical, paper copy of the locates onsite. This copy cannot be digital, that means even though you may have the saved files on a tablet or cell phone you are not allowed to use them as valid locates to commence excavation. A physical copy must always be present onsite.

Now that you have your locate papers and paint is on the ground, what does it all mean? Here is an excellent breakdown of what type of information you can find on your completed locate papers courtesy of Digsafe Ontario.

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The paint on the ground has a uniform colour code that was developed by the American Public Works Association (AWPA) and is standardized throughout North America for marking buried utilities. This colour code is also endorsed by the Canadian Standards Association in CSA S250-11 (source: Underground Infrastructure Damage Prevention – Best Practices Version 1.0). Here is a breakdown of what each color stands for:

Colour Type of Facility/Indicator
 Red Electric power lines, cables, conduits and lighting cables
 Yellow Gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials
 Orange Communication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit
 Blue Potable water
 Green Sewers and drain lines
 Pink Temporary survey markings
 Purple Reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines
 White Proposed excavation

Regardless if you are a home owner or a contractor the law in Ontario states that you have to have valid locates in order to excavate. For more information on safe digging you can check out www.digsafe.ca for guidelines regulations. Make your next outdoor project a success by calling in proper locates. It will save you both time and money and, more importantly keep you, and those working with you, safe.

Thank You!

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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With the influx of emergency calls now coming back down to regular levels we wanted to shed some light on the situation that has occurred over the past couple of weeks.

As mentioned in our earlier blog posts we have witnessed unprecedented levels of frozen water services throughout multiple municipalities across Ontario due to the extreme cold periods we have experienced this winter. Areas such as London and Hamilton experienced an estimated 400 and 900 frozen water services, respectively. The average for these types of calls is 40-50 per season. Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service was contacted to work along other contractors to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

To assist with our emergency response efforts, clients who had previously booked trucks allowed us to reroute the equipment and crews. We are thankful to them for being understanding about the situation and allowing us to do so.

Once we are called to an emergency our crews work alongside city crews and officials in order to make sure the frozen water service is thawed as soon as possible. This involves Super Sucker completing the following:

  • First turning off the proposed water service.
  • Hydro vac excavation to expose the water line.
  • Inserting a smaller water line inside the frozen pipe.
  • Injecting pressurized hot water into the frozen pipe thawing any ice that may be contained inside. (our Hydro Vac trucks/equipment is uniquely suited as there are equipped with onboard water heating systems coupled to the pressure pumps)

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In order to ensure the safety of our crews while they are inside such large excavated pits shoring is used to hold up the outer walls of the pit. Once the repair has been completed to the frozen water service, Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service personnel, working with the City, properly secures the excavation. A crew member monitors them until backfill arrives to fill in the pit, restoring it back to its original orientation. The service is then turned back on and ready to be used by members of our community once again.

We would like to take this time to thank all the city workers and our crews for working hard at restoring these services as quickly as possible for our neighbors.

For us, normal service levels have resumed again, so please contact us to book a truck for your project. We are also excited about this spring and upcoming opportunities that it will bring such as the Dig Safe Month this coming April. Keep an eye out on our blog and social media channels for more of these exciting events as they occur.

Emergency Water Service Update

Posted on Friday, March 6th, 2015

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Recently we passed along information that the extended cold weather has left many in Ontario without water due to frozen pipes.  Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service was, and still is, assisting local water distribution departments and communities across Ontario in an effort to help restore these critical services, as soon as possible.

We are still experiencing high numbers of emergency service requests, limiting our ability to respond to non-emergency bookings, however we are making progress.  At this time we would like to thank all our clients for their support and understanding as we deal with this emergency situation.

To all our crews,  we commend your commitment and dedication in doing the extra work required to get the water flowing for our neighbors.

Please continue to monitor our blog and our twitter feed (www.twitter.com/got_locates)  for more information.

Thank you.

Important Service Announcement

Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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To our Clients

The recent, extended cold weather has left many of our neighbours without water due to frozen pipes.  Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service is assisting local water distribution departments and our communities across Ontario by providing emergency excavation equipment and personnel, in an effort to help restore these critical services as soon as possible. 

As a result, we are currently experiencing an extraordinary high volume of hydro vac truck requests and may not be able to respond immediately to non-emergency projects.  Please contact our office via telephone or email for updated schedule and hydrovac equipment availability information. 

We appreciate your co-operation, patience, and understanding. 

 

If I should die think only this… A bullet flew by that did not miss.

Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2014

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What story of the war is told?
Romance bright or horror cold?
Triumph’s tale or tragic loss,
the iron or the wooden cross?
Lost lament or victor’s boast?
Full brass band or lone last post?
Heroes, villains, cowards, kings?
It’s war… it’s all these things.

It’s us unleashed for good and ill,
the gallant heart, the savage will.
A Kaiser’s pride, a nation’s fear,
a global greed, it’s all in here.

What causes war, the old book asks?
Beyond the history, beneath the masks,
There grows a want, becomes a will,
demands our way, prepares to kill.

The war we mark as long ago,
is close to home, it’s all we know.
What ceases war? The pressing question.
What can halt inborn aggression?
To end all wars and retribution –
war itself is no solution.

Can terror end all terror now?
Brute force subdue itself and bow?
Can darkness drive out darkened dread?
Or death extinguish death instead?

We need to interrupt the spiral.
A healing antiretroviral.
The story’s told of an Anti-Zeus –
A God of Peace turned Human Truce.
Into our world, into our midst –
a walking, talking armistice.

A King made meek, a power made weak,
to stand and turn the other cheek,
to take the blow, absorb disgrace,
and rise to give again His face.
In grace undimmed and arms unfurled,
to bless and pacify the world…

…and you – to sweet surrender brought,
forgiveness for your battles fought,
a peace to pass to every soul,
then warfare ceased from pole to pole.

by Glen Scrivener

“The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

 

SOURCE: http://revivalmedia.org/remember |  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StuOWU4b1to

 

Thanks. Giving.

Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2014

This thanksgiving we would like to again offer our sincere thanks to all the people that have contributed to the success of Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service Inc.

First, we would like to thank and acknowledge our staff.  We believe we have assembled the finest team in the province – operators, support staff, and managers.  As part of our commitment to you that, as we continue to grow in number, we will continue to ensure the company retains the values and culture it was founded and built on. We will continue to dig deep, earn customer business and support you and our family.

To our customers, we deeply appreciate the opportunity to work for you and alongside you.  Thank you for entrusting us with your projects and allowing us to demonstrate our digging a little deeper work ethic and culture.

We would also like to thank the people in our community  not only our neighbors where we live and work, but also our industry colleagues in damage prevention, including our fellow hydro vac organizations.  Damage prevention is truly a shared responsibility and it is our pleasure to work together to make our province safer for workers and the public.  As an industry, hydro vac excavation is growing at an incredible rate.  We are proud to be working with our industry colleagues to address issues we all face and to improve and elevate our trade.  Thank you to everyone for your ongoing efforts and commitment.

And as we mentioned in our Easter post, this weekend we join with Christians around the world and offer our thanks to our Lord, for the many blessings we have received including the sending of his son, Jesus Christ.

In the spirit of giving thanks for the abundance we have received, we would like to acknowledge the generosity and “giving” of our employees.  At our October Health & Safety meeting held earlier today, we held a food drive for Neighbour to Neighbour.

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     Thanksgiving Food Drive

As a local charity, N2N is a leader in poverty prevention in Hamilton and the surrounding areas. Their objective is to alleviate and prevent poverty by supporting our neighbours at risk. More information about Neighbour to Neighbour can be found at their website: http://www.n2ncentre.com.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you and your loved ones have a super long weekend.

 

 

SAMSUNG TABLET GIVEAWAY!

Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014

We are proud to announce our newest social media contest the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Tablet Giveaway!!

Don’t miss the opportunity to win your very own Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Tablet. In order to qualify, the contest rules are simple.

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Step 1: Like our Facebook page. (If you already like our page, like or share this post)

Step 2: Comment below with your guess of how many skittles are in the jar in the photo. ITS THAT SIMPLE!

A winner will be chosen from the correct answers by way of a draw. If there is no correct answer, the closest entries will be entered in the draw.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Rules:
• Limit of 1 guess per person
• Contest deadline is Friday, September 12th 2014 at 8:00am
• Winner will be announced Monday, September 15th 2014.

Trenchless Technology Roadshow!

Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Super Sucker Hydro Vac Inc. is excited to announce our participation in this year’s upcoming Trenchless Technology Road Show May 27-29th at the ScotiaBank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls Ontario. This event is organized by Benjamin Media and CATT (Center of Advancement of Trenchless Technologies).

“Trenchless Road Shows provide a platform to educate municipal, engineering and contractor personnel across North America on the benefits of trenchless methods for sewer and water pipeline rehabilitation.

The two-day seminar and trade show features more than 40 exhibiting companies, plus educational seminar sessions and live outdoor technique sessions. The Trenchless Road Show seminars are divided into eight sessions specifically tailored to address the concerns of industry professionals. The presentations contain the most up-to-date information on the best trenchless technologies and techniques to utilize in rehabilitation and new installation projects. On the job training certificate available upon request.”

We are proud to be able to participate in this event again and look forward to seeing everyone at the Trenchless Show! More details regarding the event can be found at the following link: http://catttrenchlessroadshow.ca/

 

National Day of Honour

Posted on Thursday, May 8th, 2014

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Whereas Canadians, both at home and abroad, have honourably, courageously and loyally served Canada by participating in the Afghanistan mission from 2001 to 2014;

Whereas March 31, 2014 marks the end of the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan;

Whereas the strength and courage demonstrated by our men and women in uniform serving on the battlefield and supported by personnel from other government departments have advanced the national interests of Canada in the fight against terrorism;

Whereas the families of our men and women of Her Majesty’s Canadian Armed Forces and Canadian communities from coast to coast to coast have admirably and consistently supported the sacrifices being made by those serving in Afghanistan;

Whereas it is desirable to build and strengthen an appreciation in Canadians for their contribution to the Afghanistan campaign and to promote the special role our families and communities play when our sons and daughters are in foreign lands;

And whereas it is desirable to recognize our appreciation for the sacrifice of all those who serve our great nation and all those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom;

Therefore, His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, orders that a proclamation do issue declaring May 9, 2014 as a “National Day of Honour”.

Source:  Privy Council Office, PC Number: 2014-0281 http://www.pco-bcp.gc.ca, 2014-03-17

The employees of Super Sucker Hydro Vac are grateful for the opportunity, alongside our fellow Canadians, to remember the over 40,000 men and women who served in our country’s military mission in Afghanistan.  We especially remember the fallen, the wounded, and their families;  it is difficult to comprehend their pain and loss.

Tomorrow, Friday, May 9th at 1:30 EDT we will be offered an opportunity to honour the legacy of these heroes with a national moment of silence; we will remember their service and will be praying for peace.

Happy Holidays

Posted on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

On behalf of the entire staff of Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service Inc., we wish our readers and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our hope and prayer, is that you too may experience the joy of our Lord’s blessings during this Christmas season and throughout 2014.

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Lest We Forget

Posted on Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Monday marks Remembrance Day – at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, on the 11th month people around the country, and around the world, will gather to commemorate the fallen.

Along with poppies, wreaths and playing ‘The Last Post’, it is tradition to observe two minutes of silence in remembrance.   We have encouraged our personnel to participate, if it is appropriate and safe to do so, by stopping their work activities and shutting down the equipment at the appointed time.   We encourage all our clients and colleagues to take two minutes out of their day to join us in reflection of the sacrifices of the many men and women who have heeded their country’s call and in offering a silent prayer for peace.

To all our employees, clients, and colleagues who have served…we say “Thank you”.

To the fallen…”we will not forget.”

Good Friday + Easter 2017

Posted on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017


We would like to wish our employees, our clients, and our community a very blessed Easter. While Good Friday was a time of mourning of His suffering and death, today we rejoice in his resurrection. He died and rose again. He lives and so we too may have eternal life; this is the very basis of the Christian faith.

It is this message of hope and love that is a comfort for many and the true meaning of Easter as a time of thanks and renewal. If you have wondered about Christianity and Jesus Christ, we encourage you to attend a local Easter service at a church in your community.  We are confident you will be more than welcomed.

We once again acknowledge the many blessings we have received, extend our thanks to everyone that has supported us in the past 16 years, and we continue to pray for safety for everyone in our industry.

“…and by His wounds we are healed.”  1 Peter 2:24B

Super Sucker Hydro Vac Services Inc. is COR Certified!

Posted on Monday, April 3rd, 2017

We are excited to announce that through the commitment of our loss prevention team, and the cooperation and support of our entire staff, Super Sucker Hydro Vac Inc. is now COR certified.

Since our start in 2001, Super Sucker has always considered the safety of our employees, clients, and the public as a cultural and foundational value. As part of our ongoing commitment to safety for everyone, we have continued to invest in extensive training programs and innovative technological solutions.  We have an engaged loss prevention team, working both internally to develop and maintain procedural and compliance documentation, as well as in the field, actively assisting and advising our crews to optimize on-site safety.  Our employees have embraced this safety-focused approach, not only demonstrating work safe practices each and every day, but also providing valuable feedback so we can continue to improve.

As a nationally trademarked accreditation program, under the jurisdiction of Infrastructure Health and Safety (IHSA) in Ontario, CORTM (Certificate of Recognition) “is aimed at driving positive workplace behaviour and practices that lead to improved performance”. (Source: https://www.ihsa.ca/COR ).

Utilizing an evidence-based approach, including comprehensive internal and external audits, this program is an assessment of an organization’s health and safety management system, define by the IHSA as,

“a framework put in place by employers to manage risks, establish controls, and minimize the incidence of injury and illness to their workers. This is accomplished through identifying, assessing, and controlling risks to workers in all workplaces. The scope and complexity of the management system vary according to the type of workplace and the nature of business.” (Source: https://www.ihsa.ca/COR/COR-FAQ-s.aspx#four)

In order to achieve CORTM, Super Sucker was able to demonstrate that we had not only developed a health and safety management system, but it has been fully implemented and evaluated.  Our staff was able to demonstrate extensive knowledge and practices, supported through the results of an internal audit, and further verified by an external audit from the IHSA.  The IHSA CORTM Audit Tool has 19 elements – 13 common to all participating provinces, and 6 supplemental elements specific to Ontario.

The national standard, which is adhered to by IHSA in Ontario, requires firms to score a minimum of 65% in each element and an overall audit score of 80%.  Super Sucker was successful on our initial attempt with an overall score of 97%.  As of March 31, 2017 there are currently less than 200 hundred organizations listed on the IHSA CORTM certified list. (source: https://ihsa-marketing-team.app.box.com/v/ihsa-cor-certified-members ).

We are serious about safety, and like the IHSA, we believe that protecting the health and safety of workers is the right thing to do and achieving CORTM certification is a recognition that we are on the right track.  But this doesn’t mean we are done.  As a total solution provider, Super Sucker is committed to providing the highest level of safety with our service offerings – Coring +Reinstatement, Hydro Vac and Suction Excavation Services, and Concrete + Backfill.  We will continue to fulfil our brand promise to “Dig a Little Deeper” and invest in our most valuable resource, our people.

Gratitude in the Christmas Season

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

As we enter this holiday season, we reflect on all the blessings we received, and offer our thanks to everyone who helped make 2016 a success. There have been challenges, but with the combined efforts of our entire team, we managed to pull together as a community, and grew to be stronger and safer than ever.

We are proud that Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service Inc., as well as our associate companies, are made up of amazing people, people who don’t just work together, they care about each other. When your company is built with this caliber of employees, building these kinds of relationships, you notice a difference in the way everything functions-  how we support one another, how we serve our customers, and how we give back to the community.

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For the third year in a row, employees initiated and contributed to an annual toy drive in support of City Kidz (www.citykidz.ca).  As a non-profit organization, their goal is to Inspire, Instill and Impact the communities that they live in, by continually striving to “increase resiliency and inspire big dreams for Canadian children living in low-income communities by providing inspirational experiences and nurturing personal relationships, one child at a time.”  With the phenomenal support of everyone across our companies, and a little assistance from Santa and a very helpful elf,  we were able to deliver 5 Super Sacks full of toys that will help over 300 children this Christmas.

From everyone here at Super Sucker Hydro Vac, we would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

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Remembering: For the Past and for the Future to come.

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2016

castle

What story of the war is told?
Romance bright or horror cold?
Triumph’s tale or tragic loss,
the iron or the wooden cross?
Lost lament or victor’s boast?
Full brass band or lone last post?
Heroes, villains, cowards, kings?
It’s war… it’s all these things.

It’s us unleashed for good and ill,
the gallant heart, the savage will.
A Kaiser’s pride, a nation’s fear,
a global greed, it’s all in here.

What causes war, the old book asks?
Beyond the history, beneath the masks,
There grows a want, becomes a will,
demands our way, prepares to kill.

The war we mark as long ago,
is close to home, it’s all we know.
What ceases war? The pressing question.
What can halt inborn aggression?
To end all wars and retribution –
war itself is no solution.

Can terror end all terror now?
Brute force subdue itself and bow?
Can darkness drive out darkened dread?
Or death extinguish death instead?

We need to interrupt the spiral.
A healing antiretroviral.
The story’s told of an Anti-Zeus –
A God of Peace turned Human Truce.
Into our world, into our midst –
a walking, talking armistice.

A King made meek, a power made weak,
to stand and turn the other cheek,
to take the blow, absorb disgrace,
and rise to give again His face.
In grace undimmed and arms unfurled,
to bless and pacify the world…

…and you – to sweet surrender brought,
forgiveness for your battles fought,
a peace to pass to every soul,
then warfare ceased from pole to pole.

by Glen Scrivener

“The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

SOURCE: http://revivalmedia.org/remember |  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StuOWU4b1to

A Time for Giving Thanks!

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2016

 

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This thanksgiving we would like to again offer our sincere thanks to all the people that have contributed to the success of Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service Inc.

First, we would like to thank and acknowledge our staff.  We believe we have assembled the finest team in the province – operators, support staff, and managers.  As part of our commitment to you that, as we continue to grow in number, we will continue to ensure the company retains the values and culture it was founded and built on. We will continue to dig deep, earn customer business and support you and our family.

To our customers, we deeply appreciate the opportunity to work for you and alongside you.  Thank you for entrusting us with your projects and allowing us to demonstrate our digging a little deeper work ethic and culture.

We would also like to thank the people in our community  not only our neighbours where we live and work, but also our industry colleagues in damage prevention, including our fellow hydro vac organizations.  Damage prevention is truly a shared responsibility and it is our pleasure to work together to make our province safer for workers and the public.  As an industry, hydro vac excavation is growing at an incredible rate.  We are proud to be working with our industry colleagues to address issues we all face and to improve and elevate our trade.  Thank you to everyone for your ongoing efforts and commitment.

And as we mentioned in our Easter post, this weekend we join with Christians around the world and offer our thanks to our Lord, for the many blessings we have received including the sending of his son, Jesus Christ.

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We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you and your loved ones have a super long weekend.

Good Friday + Easter Monday

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Our offices will be closed on Friday, March 25th, 2016 to allow our employees to celebrate Good Friday and Easter with their families.  We will continue to have operators and trucks available for emergency work. We return to regular operating hours on Monday, March 28th.

We would like to wish our employees, our clients, and our community a very blessed Easter. While Good Friday was a time of mourning of His suffering and death, today we rejoice in his resurrection. He died and rose again. He lives and so we too may have eternal life; this is the very basis of the Christian faith. It is this message of hope and love that it is a comfort for many and the true meaning of Easter as a time of thanks and renewal.

This year also marks the 15th anniversary of Super Sucker Hydro Vac Service Inc.  We acknowledge the many blessings we have received, extend our thanks to everyone that has supported us in the past 15 years, and we continue to pray for safety for everyone in our industry.

“He is not here; He has risen!” (Luke 24:6a)

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