Vacuum excavation involves using high-powered vacuum suction to remove soil and move it to a debris tank. This is a common method used to excavate soil to expose underground utilities, and its favored because it is a less destructive and more accurate method. 

Hydro excavation equipment itself can be complex, combining compressed air, high-pressure water and a vacuum. Proper training is essential for using this equipment safely. Follow these tips for work site safety to minimize the risk of accidents when using hydro excavation equipment. 

Call Before You Dig 

Before you dig, call 811! When you call, an operator will take down details of your work site and send an expert to mark the location of buried utilities with flags or paint. This important step will help you avoid unintentionally digging into an underground utility lines. 

Always Wear the Right PPE 

Depending on your specific job, the personal protective equipment you wear may include hearing protection, a hard hat, gloves, face shield, safety glasses, rubber steel-toe boots or more. Set up a safety perimeter around your work site and only allow those with proper PPE to enter it. 

Be Aware of Cave-Ins 

As you dig, be mindful of the risk of cave-ins. Don’t stand nearby as the ditch gets deeper and larger. Maintain a safe perimeter to observe without the risk of a cave-in. 

Don’t Use More Pressure than Necessary 

Use the lowest amount of pressure necessary to achieve your excavation goals. Limiting your power to only what is needed can help you avoid damaging existing utilities. 

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