In an effort to make every excavation “The Safest Ditch” and “One That No One Has To Go Into”, rice farmer turned pipeliner, turned inventor Charlie Patterson joins DigBy and Joe “In the Dig”. They discuss Charlie’s new invention called Pipe Gator. Also joining the boys is Pipe Gator manager, Josh McGee.
Listen as DigBy and Joe bring possible solutions to a very serious problem for excavators, ditch cave-ins.
The Greek philosopher, Plato stated “Necessity Is The Mother of Invention” and it was that same necessity that caused Charlie to awaken from a sound sleep at 2AM with an idea of how to keep the pipeline workers on his crew safe while working in the ditch. It was then that the Pipe Gator was born.
Because of the tolerance zone required by state damage prevention laws and “Halo” rules that gas companies impose on excavators working near their lines, manual hand digging was only the excavation allowed inside the halo.
The work to uncover the line can be extensive with this type of rule and that is what made it necessary for charlie to come up with alternatives.
Often called a Ditch Witch turned sideways, Charlie’s patented “Horizontal Trenching Apparatus” mounts to the boom on a track hoe and can be lowered into the ditch to undermine the facility you are trying to expose. As the dirt from the top of the pipe falls to the bottom of the ditch, it can be safely removed without any risk of injury to crew members in the excavation.
You really must see this to believe it .
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