Due to the risks and liabilities involved in the pipeline industry, safety and maintenance on existing infrastructure, as well as during new construction, is extremely important. Pipeline owners have established an extensive network of underground supply lines throughout Ontario that need to constantly be monitored and maintained. Near misses and incidents in this particular sector can result in millions of dollars of damage, so specialized equipment is necessary to implement safe work practices. Locating and daylighting key junction points is the first and most important step in maintaining, repairing, or adding on to existing pipelines.
Pipeline excavation can be extremely dangerous if not done correctly, or by not using the best-known practices. Vacuum excavation is the safest and most effective way to dig in the vicinity of supply lines and other underground utilities. Also known as “non-destructive” or “soft-digging”, vacuum excavation equipment can be used to move large quantities of material without disturbing present infrastructure. Hydrovacs (wet vacs) can be used to deliver high-pressure water and vacuum, while dry vacs (Suction Excavators, or SE’s) use the power of air to generate conveyance – both methods are safe and effective in trenching and digging with accuracy.