Vactor Manufacturing, a leading provider of vacuum excavators for utility, oil and gas, telecommunication and industrial water system applications, recently collaborated with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) to develop a video promoting the safe operation of vacuum excavation equipment. Vacuum excavation uses high-pressure air or water (hydro-excavation) to loosen soil, providing a non-destructive means to safely locate utilities and precisely excavate an area.
In conjunction with four other members of AEM’s Underground Equipment Manufacturers Council (UEMC), Vactor contributed funding, product expertise and other resources to the association to produce the 19-minute DVD. In addition to working with AEM’s technical and safety staff to help develop the video script, Vactor also donated an HXX HydroExcavator PD vacuum excavator, and expert operators, to be used in the filming of the video.
“On behalf of AEM, we appreciate Vactor Manufacturing’s contribution, and their time and expertise, to help make this important vacuum excavation safety video,” said W.J. “Bernie” Bernhard, manager, Technical & Safety Services, AEM. “This video would not have happened without the tireless efforts of our members and their willingness to answer all of our requests.”
“The Vactor team was honored to play such an integral role in this important initiative for AEM,” said Andy Current, technical information supervisor at Vactor Manufacturing. “With more than 19 million miles of buried utilities in the United States, it’s essential that vacuum excavation equipment operators are proficient in the safe and proper use of the equipment to efficiently locate underground utilities while protecting vulnerable and expensive infrastructure.”
Available for purchase through the AEM Store, the 19-minute DVD complements an existing 35-page vacuum excavation safety manual also available from AEM.
“The AEM safety video addresses the basic safety rules and instructions required to properly operate vacuum excavation equipment,” Current said. “We are confident that the video will prove to be very helpful to excavation contractors, rental houses, counties and municipalities.”