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5 Tips on Suction Excavation

As many are still unaware of the benefits of Suction Excavation and how to safely apply this technology, here is Force One's recipe for safe, effective results. (In no particular order).

  1. Plastic Nozzle - When operating within close proximity to services, the operative must use a plastic nozzle to eliminate risk to the service and surrounding personnel.
  2. Bright Coloured Nozzle - The intake nozzle should always be clear and visible as this is the working end of the Suction Excavator.
  3. Air Lance - No spades or invasive equipment should be used when around services, instead, non-conductive (plastic) air lances should be used to agitate the ground by using compressed air.
  4. Two-Operative Team - With the CPA Good Practice Guide outlining the importance of the additional skilled operative, these machines, to operate safely and effectively, should come with two-operative team.
  5. A78 Trained and Certified - With the CPA and CPCS introducing the A 78 (A-H) certification for safe use of Suction Excavators, all operatives must hold the relevant certification.

To find out more about how this technology works, please visit our How Does It Work page.

Suction Excavation Training A78



Traffex Seeing is Beleiving

Force One Ltd Suction Excavator @ Traffex 2018

Force One Ltd had an enjoyable time at the Traffex Seeing is Believing event. Part of the Transport Network and partnered with Highways England, this show was centred around highway maintenance.

This was the first year in which Force One Ltd has exhibited and was seen as a great opportunity to showcase our new Suction Excavator - the 26t twin fan with fully remote-controlled power arm. This Suction Excavator is very versatile and can be applied to many different projects.

This event allowed us to meet both new and existing customers but also helped spread the word about Force One Ltd and Safe-Dig Suction Excavation. It is always a pleasure to answer peoples questions regarding Suction Excavation and to highlight the benefits of this technology.

To see our Highways page, please click here.

Force One Ltd, Suction Excavator @ Traffex 2018

Rail Live 2018

Another great year for Force One Ltd @ Rail Live 2018. We always look forward to this event and like to use it as an opportunity to showcase what we have been up to and reveal our latest equipment and the services which will be coming soon.

This year was no exception with showcasing a range of new services that we have to offer. One of which was one of our new Suction Excavator. This has a new high power fan system with many latest safety features making it the first choice in safe excavation / material extraction.


It was also a pleasure to reveal our new and innovative rail system. This is an on track quad fan suction unit that will be coupled with our RRV allowing for the advantages of suction excavation to be utilised along the track. The new quad fan rail system can be used in different configurations making it adaptable to specific jobs. These options are:

  1. RRV, Quad Fan Suction Unit & Storage Unit
  2. RRV, Quad Fan Suction Unit, Storage Unit & Suction Excavator (No dust option)
  3. RRV, Quad Fan Suction Unit and Conveyor System


Was a pleasure to catch up with our existing customers and meet our future customers to showcase our latest services.

Please visit our Rail page or contact us on 01354 655441 for more information.

Sub Station Excavation

Well done Josh James on winning May Photo of the Month with this great shot.



Utilising the high power suction from the suction excavator allows us to excavate at distance for those hard to reach places.
Here, we are at an electrical sub station excavating for new cable ducts. Being inside the sub station, this contained many underground services. Where conventional methods are too high risk, Force One are able to safely excavate around these cables minimising risk to the cables and the Operatives.

Most of the work carried out by Force One was able to be carried out in standard configuration (from the rear of the truck using the remote controlled power arm ), however, due to restricted access up to 40m of extension pipes was used.

To see more examples of previous work we have done within sub stations, please see our Sub Stations page.

Re-ballasting switch

Over the bank holiday weekend, the Force One operatives were out in Kent re-ballasting around a switch. This job was completed within 2 shifts thanks to the powerful suction power of the Force One quad fan Suction Excavator.

As with previous jobs similar to this, the RN3 (adapted from the Brokk 400D) was utilised with its ability to remotely position the nozzle between the rail and sleepers with harnessing the suction power from the quad fan Suction Excavator. These two machines were linked together with up to 50m of extension hoses allowing the road based Suction Excavator to be parked in a suitable location.

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