De-risk excavation and drilling with a 1st Line Defence UXO Specialist

Where there’s a risk of UXO, and open excavation or site investigation is planned, it makes sense to have an expert on-site. 1st Line Defence employs more than 45 qualified ex-military and reservist Explosive Ordnance Engineers across the UK.

Drawn from the Army, Air Force and Navy, our UXO specialists (the UK’s largest commercial UXO team) come on-site to support and de-risk your groundworks with a range of skills and services.

  • Watch and Brief UXO Support
  • Borehole/Down-hole UXO Support
  • UXO Safety & Awareness Briefings/Training
  • Search and Clear

Watch & Brief UXO Support

Have a UXO Specialist present during open excavations to support works and provide safety briefings

Our engineers work closely with the machine operator or ground worker to ensure that excavations are undertaken in a controlled manner and to provide immediate response to any suspect or suspicious items that are encountered. Any such items can be immediately assessed and identified.

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Borehole / Down-hole UXO Support

‘Down-hole’ Magnetometer Clearance of Boreholes and Window Samples

If a risk from deep buried unexploded bombs has been identified on a site, and ground investigation works such as boreholes or window samples are planned, a ‘down-hole’ magnetometer survey can be undertaken by a UXO Specialist.

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Search & Clear

For certain sites, 1st Line Defence can deploy a team of UXO Specialists with handheld detection equipment to search for ferrous anomalies at the location of proposed works.

This type of operation is very suited to clearance of ex-military land such as ranges, or on land where a non-intrusive UXO survey would not be possible due to access or ground conditions. It allows detection of UXO present at relatively shallow depths and is only suitable on ground which is free from background extraneous ferrous contamination.

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UXO Safety Awareness Briefings/Training

Expert briefings and training from the UK’s most experienced UXO Specialists

Ensure that your staff and ground personnel are aware of potential UXO risk, what to look out for and what to do in the event that a suspect item is encountered. Request bespoke group training packages for management and site supervisors.

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Need some advice? Looking for a UXO expert?

Contact us if you need more information or have questions or queries. We are always happy to assist or advise where we can.

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