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    NEW GUIDANCE ON SUCTION/VACUUM EXCAVATORS

    Site death leads to CPA Good Practice Guidance on safe use

    The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) Suction and Vacuum Excavator (SAVE) Special Interest Group has launched a comprehensive Good Practice Guide for the Safe Use of Suction/Vacuum Excavators.

    Suction/Vacuum Excavators have become commonplace in the construction and utilities sectors in recent years to carry out excavations around buried services and other sensitive areas. In July 2015, a tragic accident resulted in the death of an operator of a truck-mounted unit which highlighted the need to define common operational and management standards.

    The standard was developed by representatives from owners, users, manufacturers and clients, as well as HSE and the CITB.

    In common with all CPA-managed Good Practice Guides, the publication aims to educate owners, operators, hirers, contractors, clients, trainers and maintenance staff on the nature, operational practices and safe working requirements of these types of equipment.

    Pat Burke, Managing Director of Force One Limited and Chair of the SAVE Special Interest Group commented:

    “Following the tragic accident, it was heartening that owners, hirers, contractors, clients and the HSE came together to form the Special Interest Group and collectively aim to raise safety standards through this Good Practice Guide. I thank the group for their time, energy and commitment in producing this publication, which is the first of a number that we aim to devise.

    To endorse our commitment to relaying the safety message for the safe use of Suction/Vacuum Excavators, we’ve allowed the publication to be available free of charge. I encourage all those involved with Suction/Vacuum Excavator operations to note and follow our recommendations”.

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