Construction, agriculture and natural resources

If you are planning to build, demolish, work the ground or extract natural resources in an area that was once used by the military and could contain Unexploded Explosive Ordnance (UXO), contact us first. In some cases, it may be necessary to have UXO-qualified personnel on-site or on-call during the work.

Whether you are planning, ploughing or excavating, you and everyone you work with should be aware of the potential UXO hazard and what action to take.

Recognizing UXO areas

The land you are using may contain UXO if there are:

  • reports in the media about potential UXO in the area
  • former or active military bases or training grounds in the area
  • signs warning of UXO in the surrounding area
  • reports of previous UXO-related work or incidents
  • discarded boxes or containers that may have contained munitions
  • metal fins or other oddly shaped pieces of metal pieces present
  • circular depressions in the ground (old explosion craters) when combined with any of the above indicators

The site may pose a risk even if there are no warning signs. If you are not sure, we encourage you to contact us.

If you see something that looks like UXO:

1. Don't touch it!
UXO can explode and cause injury or death if touched or struck by a shovel or machinery.

2. Note the location and leave the area.
Remember where you saw the object. Go back the way that you came. If you see UXO from your vehicle, stay inside and back out. Prevent others from entering the area.

3. Call 911 or local police.

As soon as possible, call 911 or contact local police. Report to your manager what you found, where you found it and what you did.

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