Hydroexcavator Provides Safer Trenching Alternative For Substation Expansion

Hydroexcavator Provides Safer Trenching Alternative For Substation Expansion

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We Energies, a Wisconsin power utility, needed to expand a Milwaukee substation, requiring trenching for new lines. Because of the potential hazard of excavating near existing underground power lines, We Energies required a safe alternative to using a backhoe to excavate the new trenches.


Hawk Construction provided the hydroexcavation services needed. “Due to the risk associated when digging around the utilities today, most states or company policies now require you to hand dig or hydroexcavate so you visually locate the utility you are trying to find,” says Ron Spoerl, president, Hawk Construction. “In addition to using the best hydroexcavation equipment, Hawk has incorporated safety protocols into all of our work processes to ensure our crews are safe and prepared for any job.” 


Using one of its Vactor HXX hydroexcavators, Hawk Construction safely completed the substation trenching on time and on budget. “Hydroexcavation gives you a combination of safety and efficiency that’s unbeatable,” Spoerl says. Because of Hawk’s quick trenching work, We Energies’ other subcontractors were able to complete the installation of new underground lines without delay. “When a company can keep a crew and machine working instead of waiting, over a few days the potential savings is in the thousands,” Spoerl says. 800-627-3171; www.vactor.com 


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