Service strikes risk

Service strikes risk delaying project completion, incur additional costs and can have a negative impact on clients and other contractors.

We have taken a look at the possible cost implications of a service strike and investigated the typical cost of alternative excavation methods. The key identified risk factors are:


You’ll need to assess the impact the delay will have on the overall project plan

  • Could a service strike cause personal injury to your colleagues?
  • Will further activities on-site need to be delayed?
  • Will contractors need to be rebooked for a later date – will they be available?
  • Will delays in completing the excavation stage affect the final completion date?
  • What additional costs will need to be allocated to repairing the damage?
  • Will these unplanned costs send you over budget – will this impact on your profit margin?
  • Will the incident damage your customer’s opinion of your business and technical ability?

What are the other options?

The alternatives to mechanical excavation to avoid potential service strikes are HAND EXCAVATION or VACUUM EXCAVATION – so here are some cost comparisons:

Hand Excavation

1 worker would, on average, excavate 2 cubic metres per day – depending on the material.
The average cost of a worker is £150.00/day
Cost per cubic metre is £75.00

Vacuum Excavation

A vacuum excavator could remove up to 25 cubic metres per day – depending on the material.
The average cost of hiring a unit including one operator is £1100.00/day
Cost per cubic metre is £44.00

What is Vacuum Excavation?

Vacuum Excavation (or suction excavation as it is sometimes referred to) is a modern excavation technique that has grown hugely in popularity over the last decade.

How does it work?

A high-powered truck with its own extendable suction arm is used to expose the buried services. Due to its remote control capabilities, the operator is able to excavate the ground quickly, efficiently and safely without the need for manual digging. Debris is then deposited into the inbuilt chamber in the body of the truck.

What are the benefits of excavating this way?

Just some of the benefits of Vacuum Excavation include:

Reduced manual operation – With its extended reach and attachments, the vacuum excavator equipment means even the hardest to reach services no longer require manual digging. The remote control operation ensures work can be carried out safely, at a distance, with minimal hand vibrations or risks to the operator.

Cleaner excavation – Dust captured inside the tank, 42 air filters and less rubble build-up ensures a safe working environment for onsite workers.

About us:

Pier UK are Vacuum Excavation providers with the largest fleet in Europe! We have over a decade of experience working with Construction, Utility and Civil Engineering companies.

In 2012 we set out to educate the market about the benefits of safe excavation and have been leading the way ever since. We have specialist Excavators that are suited to largescale work, congested city centres and now even off-road work!

To find out more or for a quote, please contact us here

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