Canal bank excavation

We were recently chosen as the best solution to ensure a safe canal bank excavation, at a large hospital build site. With excavation taking place near the canal bank the pit continuously filled with water, making exposing the underground high voltage cables extremely high risk.

Knowing the potential danger this excavation could entail, contractors, called in Pier (UK) to provide vacuum excavation support. Working with a water pump, the machine’s high suction power was able to carefully pull away ground around the live mains, without any cable strikes or damage to the electric lines.

safe canal bank excavation using suction excavator


Selecting tools for safety

The vacuum excavator’s remote control boom was ideal in ensuring work could be completed from a safe distance. By carefully positioning the excavator arm in the trench, the ground could be excavated without the need for manual tools or mechanical excavators.


Do you know how to plan to avoid a cable strike?

Read more on how to plan to avoid a cable strike in our previous blog