Excavation at Night UK

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Night Working

Background

Vac-Ex have worked with various sectors in the UK to complete excavation at night including; Aviation, Rail, Highways and Emergency works.

Job Description

Excavation at night requires extra planning due to working within traffic management, limited work possession, programme pressure, time bound, poor visibility.

Key Issues

Visibility levels are reduced which can result in slips, trips and falls. Adequate lighting is needed to illuminate the immediate work area.

Solution

Task lighting fitted to our units. Our new system of barrier lights is being trialled and we foresee this being fitted to all vehicles if the trial is successful. All vehicles are to have lighting checked and operators to be briefed prior to work starting. Night Working Toolbox Talk issued to plant operators.

Conclusion

To date numerous night contracts have been completed, all with no damage to services or accidents to our workforce with ZERO strikes. There were no reported incidents in respect of service strikes.

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    Vacuum Excavation Edinburgh

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    Edinburgh Tram System

    Background

    Vac-Ex were asked to provide Vacuum Excavation as part of the Edinburgh Tram System extension to New Haven. The works will add 4.6km of electrified double tram tracks as well as two new substations. This will give residents access to a high-capacity light rail which will sit alongside the existing bus service as well as improved cycling and walking infrastructure along the route.

    Job Description

    Excavate to prove ground through existing and unchartered services.

    Key Issues

    Unknown services, working in close proximity with the public. Careful excavating for any antiquities.

    Solution

    32t Mega Vac-Ex units used with plant operators who are Safe Urban Driving trained. Units working day shift/night shift as required.

    Conclusion

    Works completed to programme with ZERO strikes. There were no reported incidents in respect of service strikes.

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      Vacuum Excavation Louth

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      Culvert Works

      Background

      Watercourses such as culverts are designed to drain surface water away, before the water levels increase to an extent that puts property, roads, land and infrastructure at risk of flooding. We were asked to provide our vacuum excavation services in Louth due to a large build-up of silt in the riverway under a bridge.

      Job Description

      Silt to be removed from the large concrete base of the riverway.

      Key Issues

      Limited access to removal of silt and works conducted in a live watercourse.

      Solution

      To divert the water course to allow access for the 32t Mega Vac-Ex unit with the use of extensions to clear silt and replace with concrete.

      Conclusion

      Silt cleared and concrete raft replaced with minimal disruption to watercourse with ZERO strikes. There were no reported incidents in respect of service strikes.

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        Vacuum Excavation Salford

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        Barton Bridge M60

        Background

        The huge steel platform forming the deck of the Salford vertical lifting bridge had fallen nearly 60 feet to the ground from its four supporting concrete towers, during the ongoing construction of a new dual carriageway. Vac-Ex were asked to provide one of our vacuum excavation units to aid in the removal of counterweights.

        Job Description

        The bridge had collapsed over shipping canal requiring steel punching counterweights removing from the tower.

        Key Issues

        The need to resume access for marine traffic along the relevant area of the canal as quickly as possible. The 500-tonne structure had collapsed from the 70 metre tall towers supporting the bridge, each needing the counterweight boxes inside clearing.

        Solution

        32t Mega Vac-Ex unit vacuum excavated out the steel punching inside the towers using extensions secured to the inside. Calculations were done so as to not over fill the unit with steel.

        Conclusion

        Vacuum Excavation of the four counterweights was successful allowing the towers to be demolished with ZERO strikes. There were no reported incidents in respect of service strikes.

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          Vacuum Excavation Sheffield

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          Canal & River Trust

          Background

          The Sheffield & Tinsley Canal forms the upper four miles of the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation which was opened in 1819 to carry boats between the navigable River Don and a new basin in the centre of Sheffield. The Canal & River Trust works at the Sheffield Meadowhall canal required remedial vacuum excavation works to the walls to river and canal banking as it had collapsed.

          Job Description

          Trial holes and service trenches required in order to map existing services along the canal.

          Key Issues

          Difficult access, requiring the use of barges to reach the other side of canal banking.

          Solution

          T-Vac Midi Tracked vacuum excavation unit loaded onto barges to access all along canal.

          Conclusion

          All excavation work completed to programme of works with minimal disruption to canal traffic with ZERO strikes. There were no reported incidents in respect of service strikes.

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