Vactor Assists AEM In Developing Vacuum Excavation Safety Video
- Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Client News
STREATOR, ILL. (Jan. 7, 2014) — 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. The HXX HydroExcavator is the most relied on vacuum excavator in the market.
“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.”
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 900 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with offices in Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China. For more information, please visit www.aem.org.
The leader in sewer and catch basin cleaners for more than 45 years, Vactor Manufacturing produces a wide range of combination sewer cleaners and jetters for sewer line maintenance, as well as specialty products including vacuum excavators. Vactor has one of the largest and most developed distributor networks in the sewer cleaning industry, with more than 50 North American distributors and more than 100 locations.
Federal Signal’s Environmental Solutions Group is a leading provider of a full range of Elgin street sweepers; Guzzler industrial vacuum trucks; Jetstream high-performance waterblasting equipment; and Vactor sewer cleaners and vacuum excavators for commercial, municipal and industrial customers. The Environmental Solutions Group also includes FS Solutions, which offers unsurpassed expertise and a unique breadth of environmental cleaning equipment, parts, rental, service and training to meet the needs of industrial cleaning professionals.
Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS) provides products and services to protect people and our planet. Founded in 1901, Federal Signal is a leading global designer and manufacturer of products and total solutions that serve municipal, governmental, industrial and commercial customers. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., with manufacturing facilities worldwide, the Company operates three groups: Safety and Security Systems, Environmental Solutions and Fire Rescue. For more information on Federal Signal, visit: www.federalsignal.com.