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What is a UXO Watching Brief?

It’s when a UXO Specialist has been deployed directly on-site to support and monitor groundworks, working closely with machine operators and ground personnel.

Our UXO Specialists (who are EOD certified), act as a banksman to make sure that excavations are carried out in a controlled and safe manner – and to provide a fast response to any suspect or suspicious items that are encountered.

Depending on the nature, type and condition of the item, immediate UXO control measures can be put in place.

Direct, on-site support is the most common, practical and effective way of protecting your ground operatives and assets.

We can also provide UXO Safety & Awareness Training to all new personnel joining your project.

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What are the benefits of a UXO Watching Brief?

  • Immediate specialist response to any suspect or suspicious items
  • Immediate evaluation of any UXO-related items found
  • On-site incident control and advice in the event of a UXO discovery
  • Dedicated UXO Safety & Awareness Training to protect personnel and assets
  • Prevent unnecessarily delays due to mis-identification (e.g. old gas cylinders and pipes)

Your safety is our top priority

Our UXO Specialists have a vast amount of experience and hold specialist training and qualifications to make sure we can provide support to a diverse number of projects – on land, marine and overseas.

Our engineers hold accreditations including: BESC, PTS, SSSTS/SMSTS, NEBOSHH, WICS, Asbestos safety plus many more.

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Explore our Case Studies


Example of explosive ordnance found by 1st Line Defence in Nottinghamshire.

Case Study – Nottinghamshire

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Case Study – Arlesey, Bedfordshire

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Call: +44 (0) 1992 245020 or Email: info@1stlinedefence.co.uk

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