Equipment at SWS Environmental Services

While our people are the backbone of our company, our equipment plays an important role in our ability to provide such wide ranging environmental services. Each SWS Environmental Services center maintains a wide variety of equipment for utilization across all of our service segments. From vehicles to vacuum hoses, the deployment of safe, dependable equipment to accomplish set goals and deliver on them in a timely manner is always a priority. The following list illustrates some of our most commonly used equipment, feature highlights and typical applications.

Emergency Response Equipment

Containment Boom

Features

  • Tens of thousands feet available and ready to be deployed 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Contains oil and debris
  • Convenient, foldable, and lightweight
  • 100', 50' sections
  • Vinyl coated polyester or nylon - ultraviolet resistant
  • Works in rapid currents
  • Quick & easy aluminum universal connections
Containment Boom
Containment Boom

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Application

Containment boom is deployed in ports, harbors, rivers, and estuaries to contain floating materials, typically oil and petroleum products. The boom is fitted with steel cables that provide high tensile strength for towing and fast water applications. Bottom tension is galvanized chain. Top tension is galvanized cable.


Monitoring Equipment

Features

  • Allows for the proper selection of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Provide work zone and perimeter monitoring
  • Accurately measure chemical, airborne dust, and aerosol concentrations
  • Checked monthly and factory calibrated annually in accordance with National Institute
    of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Monitoring Equipment
Monitoring Equipment

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Application

Monitoring is conducted to evaluate health and safety conditions as they relate to potential exposure to chemical, physical, and biological hazards during the normal work day. Monitoring equipment helps to select and implement effective workplace engineering controls, use of administrative controls and the selection, and use and limitations of personal protective equipment. Responsibility for workers and the general public health and safety is a tough job that demands knowledge of all the facts of a given scenario.


Emergency Response Trailers (ERTs)

Features

  • Eye wash station
  • Air compressors
  • Light towers
  • Testing equipment
  • Hazmat suits, gloves, and shoes
  • Cascade systems
  • Air canisters or breathing equipment
  • Storage equipment and supplies
  • Compartment lighting
  • Generators
  • Command and communication equipment
  • Decontamination pools and equipment
  • Hand tools, air tools
  • Waste collection containers and absorbents
  • Betts Valves for emergency tanker off loading
Emergency Response Trailers (ERTs)
Emergency Response Trailers (ERTs)

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Application

Whether the need to respond is to contain, protect, or full mitigation, our ERTs give us the ability to quickly respond, assess the situation, and begin the clean up process. Our ERTs are always replenished and fully stocked ready for the next emergency.

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Mobile Command Center

Features

  • Quick mobility and deployment
  • Emergency and disaster recovery deployment
  • State-of-the-art communications
  • Incident command post
  • Tactical response trailer
  • Domestic preparedness trailer
  • HazMat command
Mobile Command Center
Mobile Command Center

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Application

Our Mobile Command Centers are properly outfitted and always ready for rapid response and recovery which facilitates our ability to expand capabilities to a remote location and be instantly prepared the moment we arrive on scene. Fully operable communications are a standard for our Mobile Command Centers.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Features

  • Respiratory protection
  • Eye and face protection
  • Fall protection
  • Confined space protection
  • Recommendations for chemical protective clothing
  • Emergency response resources
  • Head protection
  • Foot and hand protection
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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Application

SWS Health and Safety program addresses the hazards present, the selection, maintenance, and use of PPE. We continuously train our employees and we regularly monitor our program to ensure its ongoing effectiveness ensuring our workers are always protected. OSHA requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce worker exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing these exposures to acceptable levels.


Marine Response Vessels

Features

  • 16' to 28'
  • Forged Aluminum Hull
  • Dual motors
  • Reinforced drag cleats for pulling
  • Bow Bumpers for pushing
  • Customized for spill response
Marine Response Vessels
Marine Response Vessels

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Application

These lightweight, heavy-duty boats are specifically designed for the rigors of spill response and recovery. The 26' and 28' can hold up to 5000 and 7000 lbs respectively with a hull design that provides ultimate stability and control. With special modifications, these workboats are ideally designed for towing, pushing, deploying boom, and recovering product.

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Skimmers

Features

  • For fast efficient oil spill recover
  • Pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric drives available
  • Skimming is ideal for industrial applications such as API separators and cleaning oil containment pits
  • Connected directly to a vacuum truck for an efficient oil spill response unit or routine pit clean-up operation
Skimmers
Skimmers

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Application

Although designs vary, drum skimmers, weir skimmers, disc skimmers, cascade skimmers, and all oil skimmers rely on specific gravity, surface tension, and a moving medium to remove floating oil or debris from water's surface.

Floating or sinking oil, grease, or debris clings to skimming media more readily than water. This allows skimming media in the shape of a belt, disk, drum, etc. to pass through a fluid surface to pick up oil and grease with very little water. This oily material is subsequently removed from the media with wiper blades or pinch rollers.

Oil skimmers are simple, dependable, and effective tools for removing oil, grease, and other hydrocarbons from water. Often, a skimmer by itself can achieve the desired level of water purity. In more demanding situations, skimming is a cost-effective means of removing most of the oil before using more complicated costly treatments such as coalesces, membrane filters, and chemical processes.


Transfer Trailer

Features

  • 32' self-sustaining enclosed trailer
  • 200' braided s/s 2" hose with hammerlock connections
  • 150' 2" chemical hose
  • 2" portable flare
  • 35 gpm hydraulic power pack
  • 3" Blackmere liquid pump
  • 2" Blackmere s/s acid pump
  • 490 Corken compressor
  • 2" DD poly pump
  • 1" and 2" compressed gas fittings and nipples
  • Nitrogen purge supply bottles
Transfer Trailer
Transfer Trailer

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Application

Transfer trailers are used for remote tank car transfers and in-plant transfers of compressed gases and general service liquids. The trailer has the capability to flare or treat vapors on site. SWS has transfer trailers located in Atlanta, Georgia and Gonzales, Louisiana.

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Vacuum Trucks

Vacuum Boxes

Features

  • 25 yard capacity
  • Improves the utilization of vacuum trucks
  • Vacuum tight construction
  • Gasketed door and room hatch
  • 30" top access hatch
  • Unique liquid tight rear door design
  • Two 8" flanged inlets for loading and unloading
  • 1/4" heavy duty steel construction
  • Vacuum box liners available
Vaccum Boxes
Vaccum Boxes

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Application

A vacuum box enables solid or liquid waste to be collected by suction and transported with a roll-on, roll-off truck for disposition without tying up a vacuum tanker. Vacuum roll-off storage containers offer a cost effective way to store and transport liquids and sludges for disposal. They are ideal for improving the utilization of expensive vacuum trucks. These containers provide cost-effective storage of materials for testing or future treatment. The heavy duty construction, positive seal hatch, and gasketed door provide for secure containment of materials. The two 8" flanged inlets enable efficient loading and unloading. The roll off design allows for easy transportation using standard roll off trailers. The 25 yard capacity is an industry standard.


Roll Off Boxes/Containers

Features

  • 20-40 yd3 capacity
  • Temporary or permanent placement
  • Extremely strong
  • Rear door design
  • Top loading
  • Heavy-gauge steel construction
  • Container swap program
  • Complete Inventory of Containers and Back-up Equipment
  • Flexible Service Schedule including 24 hr response
  • Easy access to load waste materials
  • Accommodate dock loading situations
  • Efficient, timely service & safe operation while on your property
Roll Off Boxes/Containers
Roll Off Boxes/Containers

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Application

For jobsite loading of hazardous or non-hazardous solid waste, roll-on or roll-off containers can be placed where needed for one-time use or on a regular pick-up schedule. They are quickly and easily loaded onto a roll-off truck for transportation.

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Liquid Vacuum Trucks

Features

  • 3,000 to 3,500 gallon carrying capacity
  • 350-650 CFM Suction power
  • 150-200 liquid GPM
  • 50-75 sludge GPM
  • Positive pressure discharge allows for rapid unloading
Liquid Vacuum Trucks
Liquid Vacuum Trucks

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Application

Liquid vacuum trucks efficiently and cost-effectively use suction power to remove hazardous and non-hazardous liquid and sludge material from impoundments, tanks, confined spaces, containers, and other vessels, as well as any other environment requiring spill cleanup action. These machines are also commonly used for ship-to-shore or vessel-to-vessel transfers.


Industrial Loader Vacuum Trucks

Features

  • 6-8 yard load capacity
  • Suction velocity up to 150mph
  • High dump/scissor lift capability to offload containers or other vessels
  • Fixed Pump to decant liquids
  • Some retrofitted with high rail for rail travel
  • Extremely versatile for a variety of materials
Industrial Loaders
Industrial Loaders

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Application

Industrial loaders are ideal for collecting solid industrial wastes and salvageable materials from a variety of environments. Capable of handling a wide range of materials, wet or dry, hazardous or non-hazardous, with a consistency ranging from fine powder to chunks of concrete. Substances typically handled include dirt or soil, fly ash, lime, grains, oil, ore dust, drilling mud, ballast, woodchips, and construction debris. Some units have additional functionality, allowing for specialized application in the railroad, utility, and drilling industries.

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Liquid Ring Vacuum Trucks

Features

  • 6-8 yd load capacity
  • Capable pumping flammable and combustible materials
  • Suction velocity up to 150mph
  • High dump/scissor lift capability to offload containers or other vessels
  • Fixed pump to decant liquids
Liquid Ring Vacuum Trucks
Liquid Ring Vacuum Trucks

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Application

Liquid ring vacuum trucks, similar to industrial vacuum trucks, with the added benefit that they are suitable for handling flammable and combustible materials, including deep vacuum and low discharge applications with the use of oil and non-oil lubricants, as well as, collecting solid industrial wastes and salvageable materials from a variety of environments. Liquid ring vacuum trucks are capable of handling a wide range of materials, wet or dry, flammable, hazardous or non-hazardous, with a consistency ranging from fine powder to chunks of concrete. Substances typically handled include dirt or soil, fly ash, lime, grains, oil, ore dust, drilling mud, ballast, woodchips, and construction debris. Some units have additional functionality, allowing for specialized application in the railroad, utility, and drilling industries.


Earth Moving Equipment

Excavators

Features

  • 12.39' distance depth
  • 1.4 square yard buckets
  • Operates in Assorted T Including W?
  • Long Reach Boom for special applications up to 55'
  • Wide variety of attachments
Excavators
Excavators

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Application

Excavators come in a wide variety of sizes. They offer unmatched ability for digging large amounts of soil and earth with the capability to lift heavy pipe and structures quickly and easily in minimal time. The Excavators are used for digging of trenches, holes, and foundations, brush cutting, demolition, general grading/landscaping, heavy lifting, river dredging and pond cleaning.


Dump Trucks

Features

  • 10-30 yd3 capacity
  • Single or Tandem axle
  • Fitted with permanent Roll Tarps
  • Standard or Barn style Door
  • End dump trailer for heavy or large volumes
Dump Trucks
Dump Trucks

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Application

Dump trucks are provided in a range of sizes depending on the scope of work, type of material, project size, and necessity.

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Mini Excavators

Features

  • 4-10' Standard length
  • 5-15 ft2 buckets
  • Operates in assorted various terrains
  • Standard or Rubber tracks
  • Transportable in roll-off
  • Compartment for easy towing with light duty truck
  • Wide variety of attachments
Mini Excavators
Mini Excavators

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Application

Mini excavators are very versatile machines. They are an excellent choice for trenching, site clearing, leveling, and truck loading. Our trained operators understand the limits and application of their machines, including their lift capability and swing radius. They can be used for digging of trenches, holes and foundations, brush cutting with hydraulic attachments, demolition, general grading/landscaping, lifting and placing of pipes and other heavy materials, and river dredging.


Front End Loaders

Features

  • 1.5-6 yd3 Buckets
  • Self-Leveling Buckets
  • Foam Filled Tires
  • Self loading buckets
  • Tubular Tires or Tracks
  • Wide Range of attachments
  • Some models have fitted scales
Front End Loaders
Front End Loaders

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Application

Loaders are used for moving large amounts of soil, rocks or debris. They can also be used to grade areas, jackhammer cement, and load trucks quickly. Their deep bucket can usually store about 3-6 cubic yards (the exact number varies with the model) of earth. Loaders are also used for brush cutting with hydraulic attachments, demolition, general grading/landscaping, lifting and placing of pipes and other heavy materials.


Portable Screens, Crushers and Sifters

Features

  • Portability- equipped with axels for highway transport
  • Track or Wheeled units for onsite mobility
  • Hopper capacity 3-11 yd3
  • Direct Feed units available
  • 150-700 tons per hour
  • Various Screening sizes available
Portable Screens and Sifters
Portable Screens and Sifters

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Application

Screening is the separation of material into 2-6 different sized products. The material is separated by passing it through a "screen box" in which the screens or meshes can be sized depending on the application. Then the material falls through, like a sieve.The material falls onto attached conveyors which stock piles the end products. The end products can result in hazardous waste reduction and possibly be recycled. This can be used for firing range clean up, crushed stone, construction and demolition waste, coal, compost, sand and gravel, and top soil.

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Bull Dozers

Features

  • Narrow or Wide Tracks
  • Standard or High Track
  • 70-190 Horse Power
  • Two-way or Six-way blades
  • Transom Fitted
Bull Dozers
Bull Dozers

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Application

Bulldozers are commonly used for grading in road, pond containment, landfill, and landfill cell cap construction. They are also ideal for site clearing needs at new development site, disaster zones and demolition projects.


Pumps

Features

  • Double Diaphragm (Aluminum, poly, or stainless steel) 1-4"
  • Submersible (hydraulic electronic)
  • Self priming 3-8" up to 2000 gpm
  • Peristaltic
  • Vein Pumps
  • Air, electronic, or hydraulic driven

Application

Pumps are available in wide range of sizes, types and construction. Factors such as type, viscosity, distance, and volume will dictate the applicable pump to be used. They are used for the transfer of liquid materials including but not limited to, diesel fuel, jet fuel, gasoline, kerosene, heavy oil, flammable solvent, acid, caustics, petroleum constant and waste water.

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Demo/Dismantle/Recycle Shears

Hydraulic Breaker

Features

  • Removable Attachment
  • Portability- allowing for access to remote locations
Hydraulic Breaker
Hydraulic Breaker

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Application

SWS uses Hydraulic Breakers for demolition of all types, including buildings, and concrete pad and vault removal. The Hydraulic Breaker attachments are used to efficiently break down sections of debris, allowing for easy loading on transport vehicles or recycling. It also helps in allowing material to be used on site as backfill or a base for construction access roads, as well as minimizing efforts in waste and debris sorting.


Shears

Features

  • Ideal for Demolition, Waste Recycling and Derailment Projects
  • Removable attachment
  • Vary in size for application
  • Portability - allowing for access to remote locations
  • Rugged - constructed for heavy use
Demo/Dismantle/Recycle Shears
Demo/Dismantle/Recycle Shears

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Application

SWS uses shears for scrap metal processing, demolition, building demolition, and wood demolition and recycling. Shears are a perfect option for removal of large above ground and underground storage tanks whereby uniform sized sections of debris can be cut. This allows for easy loading on transport vehicles and provides optimal uniformity for scrap recycling facilities that may offer a larger cash scrap payout. Because they are easily mobilized to remote locations, shears are also used in the Railroad industry for cutting old scrap rail cars to be sent for recycling or to assist in moving debris by cutting it down to size and allowing the material to be transported to a designated staging area.

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Grapples

Features

  • Removable attachment
  • Vary in size for application
  • Portability - allowing for access to remote locations
  • Designed for Heavy lifting
Grapples
Grapples

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Application

Grapples are commonly used for waste handling, refuse, and large volumes of loose materials. They are best used in land clearing projects for efficiently loading transport vehicles. Grapples work very well as a waste minimization tool by quickly and easily sorting debris into final disposition piles, ultimately allowing materials to be sent for recycling, landfill or other means of disposal.


Hydraulic Thumbs

Features

  • Removable Attachment
  • Designed for Heavy lifting
  • Vary in Size for Application
Hydraulic Thumbs
Hydraulic Thumbs

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Application

Hydraulic Thumbs are an attachment on heavy equipment and can be used in demolition to efficiently and quickly to break up and remove structures. They are used to assist in waste reduction by segregating materials to be sent for disposal or recycling. All SWS equipment with the Hydraulic thumb attachments can easily mobilized to practically any site that requires the use of an excavator.

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