The PIER (UK) team recently took on a Vacuum Excavation project which required working with high voltage cables. Vacuum Excavation provides a safe and smart way to excavate around live services as electricity.

Our Vacuum Excavation expertise was called out to a project located in London to clear the ground in order to expose high voltage cables for essential maintenance work. The use of a Vacuum Excavator is a great alternative to mechanical diggers as the softer suction power provides precise mining.

An added benefit of the Vacuum Excavator is in the built-in skip and is capable of holding up to 8m3 excavated material. More times than not, this means that exposing the cable can be completed in one go without the need to stop to empty during the procedure. The excavated material is then stock piled on-site for reuse after the maintenance is complete.

The precision, no-dig approach eliminates almost all risk regarding strikes to the service lines. There are up to 60,000 services every year (Clyde & Co) with an average costing of £7,000 per strike (USAG). Vacuum Excavation is not only the safest method, but also the smartest and most economically friendly.

The below images show precision excavating using the vacuum boom and the excavated material being unloaded on-site.

Vacuum Excavation in action in LondonVacuum Excavation unloading on site










Nationwide Vacuum Excavation Hire

As the market leader, we can offer the largest Vacuum Excavator fleet in the UK with full nationwide coverage 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Our vehicles are available for either operated or self-drive hire for a single day excavation to longer hire terms with full training for your workforce to self-operate. Our operators hold CSCS and EUSR Certifications as well as a range of accreditations to safely work on your site.

As the industry leaders in Vacuum Excavation, PIER (UK) will listen carefully to their customers’ requirements and provide a solution that is suitable for the job at hand.

You can contact our team on email or on 01925 228 674. Alternatively, you can view our latest projects on our Social Media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


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