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Safe Dig Suction Excavation

29-03-2017

Force One Ltd brings to you Safe Dig Suction Excavation


I recently announced the addition of our latest high power suction vehicle to our fleet and posted a number of impressive images.
You may well have looked at the images and read the post. Which is all very good, but I know what was not conveyed was what these machines do and why you would use them!

So I now want to put that right! Take a look at the images below as these show the machine on site working.

The project involved the clearance of 120 plus tonnes of gravel covering a section of reservoir roof needing repair. Normally this type of project is undertaken by hand using basic tools, shovels, wheelbarrows etc and involves a mass of manual handling, time and money.

The material needed to be removed from the slab and placed in tonne bags for reuse or removal from the site later.

From the images you can see our machine, extension pipes to reach across the slab, a hopper bagging system and our two men.

We completed the project in three days working restricted hours – 8.30am to 4.00pm.

All involved agreed this approach was a big step forward being fast, virtually eliminating manual handling, dramatically reducing man power required was clean and affective.


Our machines can move material over distance or from depth or can be used in its standard configuration excavating pits and trenches.





To know more call our team - 01354 655 441 or visit www.forceoneltd.co.uk

Why you should hire CPCS (A78) Vacuum Excavator Qualified Operatives.

29-03-2017

A CITB recognised competency covering in-depth theory and practical assessments to ensure the candidate fully understands all areas of operating the machinery, safe working practice and health & safety procedures.

Having operatives with this competency, you and your company can rest assured that the operative has been trained to the highest standards, and subject to the operative following correct working procedures, you should maintain high safety records, reduce working risks and industry fines.

What does the A78 Competency cover?
A78 Vacuum Excavator THEORY ASSESSMENT covers:
  • General Health & Safety
  • Health & Safety Legislation
  • Machine Checks
  • Maintenance
  • Operating Knowledge
A78 Vacuum Excavator PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT covers:
  • Pre-Use & Pre-Run Checks
  • Nozzle Control Exercise
  • Vehicle Manoeuvring On-Site
  • Excavation Tasks
  • Uncover & Identify Underground Utilities
  • Use of Air-lances
  • Use of Water-lances
  • Tipping & Shutdown Procedures
Where can you get this training and assessment?

Force One Limited are now an approved and certified CPCS test centre with a dedicated and industry trained on-site trainer, along with a dedicated CPCS tester, available to offer both theory and practical assessments at the same site.

Declan, who is trained and tested in the same area as Luke, has become the Force One on-site tester, dedicating his time to keep ahead of industry competence requirements.

Luke was one of the first candidates within Force One to achieve the competency, closely followed by the rest of the Force One Operative Team.

A78 CPCS Vacuum Excavator is a recognised competency allowing operatives to work across so many construction sites, airports, on the highways, sub-stations, basement clearance, long distance excavation, deep excavations and so many more sites where material requires to be extracted, removed or excavated.

Want to know more or book your Training, Theory & Practical Assessments?

New CPCS A78 Vacuum Excavator Training and Assessments

29-03-2017

What does the new CPCS A78 Vacuum Excavator Training and Assessments mean to you?

Well, first of is it the latest and becoming the most recognised vacuum excavator operative competency awarded via CPCS.

Force One sat on the CITB board for over two years discussing the requirements for the new A78 A-F category to ensure absolute full cover for training, theory and practical assessments.

By having fully trained and competent operatives within the workforce, it does, of course build the reputation of a great company, but to get there, the operatives have to prove their competency to operate a 26 tonne / 32 tone vacuum excavator, work within safe working practices and adhere to all HS&E recommendations and regulations.

Force One have a dedicated 5-day training course to offer to complete novice candidates that are new to the industry, followed up by an in-depth theory and practical assessment . A two-day training course can be offered for the more experienced candidates

Having achieved the CPCS A78 (A-F) category covering:

  • A78 (A) – Trailer – Manual Arm
  • A78 (B) – Trailer – Semi-Powered Arm
  • A78 (C) – Non-LGV – Manual Arm
  • A78 (D) – Non-LGV Semi-Powered Arm
  • A78 (E) – LGV – Semi-Powered Arm
  • A78 (F) – LGV – Fully Powered Arm

the vacuum excavator operative will show his/her competence by receiving a red trained operative CPCS card, followed up within two years to have a NVQ qualification within the sector, to then gain the blue competent operative card.

Before any of the Force One Vacuum Excavator Operatives are able to even think about achieving their A78 competence they have to have experience as a second person on site, prove their ability to adhere to health and safety requirements, maintain Force One company standards and have had HGV driver training, followed up by passing the HGV 2 driving test.

Force One has always appreciated the importance of training and can demonstrate to all of our clients that any vacuum excavator operator attending site will have had dedicated training and passed the A78 (F) CPCS category.

Each operative will be able to demonstrate to the client best working practice, continue to provide excellent results and observe best working guidelines set by the CITB board.

Having a dedicated training and test centre on-site, it has enabled Force One to gain the competence for all vacuum excavator operatives and Force One can now offer the facility to external clients.

Force One has a dedicated training centre with an onsite testing area where operatives have to pass an in-depth theory and practical assessment to gain the A78 competency.

Why put your company at risk?

Use only competent operatives that can fully demonstrate their understanding of safe working practices. A small investment on training and assessments can save thousands if you have avoided cable strikes or damage on-site.

Best working practices = Safe working



SAFE DIG SUCTION EXCAVATION

23-02-2017

"I recently announced the addition of our latest high power suction vehicle to our fleet and posted a number of impressive images - You may well have looked at the images and read the post which is all very good, but I know what was not conveyed was what these machines do and why you would use them! ......... So I now want to put that right!"


Take a look at the images below as these show the machine on site working"The project involved the clearance of 120 plus tonnes of gravel covering a section of reservoir roof needing repair. Normally this type of project is undertaken by hand using basic tools, shovels, wheel barrows etc. and involves a mass of manual handling, time and money.




The material needed to be removed from the slab and placed in tonne bags for reuse or removal from site later.








From the images you can see our machine, extension pipes to reach across the slab, a hopper bagging system and our two men.




We completed the project in three days working restricted hours – 8.30am to 4.00pm.

All involved agreed this approach was a big step forward being fast, virtually eliminating manual handling, dramatically reducing man power required was clean and affective.

Our machines can move material over distance or from depth or can be used in its standard configuration excavating pits and trenches.


To know more call our team on 01354 655 441 or visit our website

Source: Patrick Burke ¦ Managing Director

Vax-Ex Winning Photo Announced

16-02-2017



Following on from the 2016 photo of the month competitions, we decided to continue to run it during 2017.


The start of 2017 set a good stance with some impressive shots being sent in, however the winning photo for January was chosen due to the operative capturing the Sheltland sign whislt working on a project on the return to work following the annual closedown.


Capturing this image really does prove how far our operatives and macines are willing to travel.


Keep a close eye out for our machines and if you see one, why not post it on our facebook page to share with others?




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