Trees for Life Partnership: One Year and 200 Trees Later!


This week marks the year anniversary of Force One’s charity partnership with Trees for Life, dedicating one of our suction excavators to helping plant trees and contribute to rewilding of the Scottish Highlands. This also coincides with the 26th UN climate change conference of the parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow currently.

COP26 has four main goals:

  1. Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach
  2. Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats
  3. Mobilise finance
  4. Work together to deliver

As outlined by the second goal of ‘protecting communities and natural habitats’ restoring habitats is a focal point of the conference, with more than 100 world leaders promising to end and reverse deforestation by 2030 in the first major summit deal.

In the last 12 months, Force One have contributed 200 trees to the Scottish Highlands through hires of our dedicated charity partnership suction excavator. Whilst we are still far from perfect when it comes to our environmental impact, supporting Trees for Life in restoring ecological diversity and enriching the habitat is a positive change we have made the past year and will continue to implement. Trees for Life have recently launched a new long term rewilding project, spanning across 500,000 acres making it their ninth area in the Scottish Highlands. Although Force One’s contribution is small, its great to be part of such beneficial work.

As a company we continue to monitor our scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions throughout the year and produce an annual carbon emissions report as well as a sustainability report, allowing us to set targets and monitor our progress.

In addition to the above, we will continue to educate our staff on environmental impact and the changes that we all can make to assist in reaching the worldwide goal of net zero by 2050.

You can keep track of our donation progress, via our online company grove here


Trees For Life

For more information about the hard work that Trees for Life carry out, please visit their website here

General enquiries, Tree and Grove Dedications and Donations: info@treesforlife.org.uk

COP26

To follow COP26, please visit the website here

What Makes The Difference?

So, this month I was asked to write a blog update for our web site. No problem I thought! I then thought what shall I cover and immediately started to think about our trucks, the support equipment we have developed, new machines awaiting delivery even the jobs some of our high-power machines have been tackling recently...

I then thought let’s have a look at what others in the industry have been posting. After all, there’s no point in reinventing the wheel.

I rapidly found almost all, including our past posts, referred to equipment, trucks, jobs done, trucks cleaned, satisfied customers, machines ready for the coming weeks work...

All important and interesting but the one thing that is not mentioned enough is the thing that really matters and makes the difference to any company gaining and maintaining business, and for that matter growing business, and that’s it’s people.

So, I just want to mention the fantastic team we have at Force One. From a customer viewpoint these are mainly the guys who arrive on site to carry out the works.

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard customers say, “fantastic equipment” or “excellent job done”. Welcome comments and pleasing but even more so are “Your guys are fantastic” “Helpful” “ willing to get the job done” or just “your guys are no trouble”.

These comments come from the fact that our operatives care. They want to do the job well and live up to, and if possible, surpass, the expectations of our customers.

They know to a great extent a truck is a truck but it’s the knowledge and skill of the operative plus a willingness to engage that makes the difference.

Now I could, and should, extend my comments to all of the Force One team, the fitters that support our field operatives. The business development team that visits sites to assess possible works and assist our customers. And all our office staff making sure the company functions day to day. And maybe that’s another blog, but for now I just want to highlight those guys operating our trucks and rail equipment day in and day out. They represent the face of Force One and its their approach, skill, experience, and commitment that make the difference for our company.

So, for me what makes the difference? It’s the guys doing the job.

- Sean Strohman, Business Development Executive

Mecelac with Suction Excavation Debut

Force One were recently approached by a long standing customer to assist with the removal of media from a temporary tank. The challenge at hand was removing the material, allowing it to be reused and easily put back into the tank following its relocation on another site. The Force One solution? To use one our suction excavators with a complete, fully electronic roof rail. This allowed our operator to have a birds eye view of the tank, without the need for additional scaffolding to be brought in. Once full, the material was then tipped into our bespoke bag hopper system, allowing the material to be easily transferred into tonne bags. The newest addition to our fleet, the Mecelac and its fork attachment with three configurable boom setups, allowed a smooth and speedy transfer process.



HIGH POWER SUCTION MACHINES

We recently took delivery of another high-power quad fan suction excavator to join our existing specialist fleet. Having recently posted this fact on LinkedIn we received questions as to why we invest in these larger machines, were they necessary when carrying out standard excavations and what type of works we used them on.

So, let me answer these questions and share a few examples of the types of projects these machines are utilised on.

Our standard twin fan machines are suited to what I would describe as traditional excavations i.e., when working within the reach of the intake arm which is normally a 2 to 5 metre radius. They can also extend their intake arm by connecting longer nozzles (for depth) or extension pipes to give a greater horizontal reach. However, effectiveness will be dependent on the material type being excavated/extracted plus the overall depth and distance involved.

Our investment in the large high-power triple and quad fan machines is to remove performance uncertainty and ensure that we can move a greater range of soil conditions and material from greater depths, heights and distances.

Two examples of project types recently undertaken with these machines were the iconic Thames Barrier as well as a project at Bournemouth sea front.



Both projects involved the removal of material using extension hosing connected to our machines. Material would be extracted over distance, depth and height.

The Thames Barrier site required a build up of a wet, silty/muddy material containing stones and small rocks, to be extracted rapidly from around the shore side section of barrier itself.




Speed of operation was vital as there were limited working hours due to tidal constraints.

Although the distance and depth involved in this project were not great, the project sensitivity called for assurances in the machine performance. Our high-power machines met this requirement. Works were completed as necessary and within time constraints.

The second project at Bournemouth, required stabilisation works to a sandy bank overlooking the beach area and access ways. These works were to clear and expose an existing stabilisation system, allowing for replacement or repair.

The material involved was a mix of heavy soil that was compacted in some areas, sandy/silty soil plus some root material. This was built up around and between metal stabilisation structures within the bank.