Safe excavation awareness course

An awareness course covering the basic aspects of safe excavation and in-fill, including the following range of elements:-

  1. Planning and preparation for excavation.
  2. Avoidance of damage to existing services/ structures in or near an excavation.
  3. Excavation general safety.
  4. Excavation side support awareness.
  5. Access, monitoring and maintenance of excavations.
  6. Safety of excavation in-fill.

Duration:
1/2 day

Who should attend?
This course is suitable for operatives having some prior experience of hand and mechanical exaction techniques. It will be classroom based and involve completion of a written test covering the above elements. Test answers will be reviewed during the training session.

Subject to assessment during the session by the trainer and completion of the written test to a standard which demonstrates that the student has a sound knowledge of and safe working attitude to the subject, an internal certificate of attendance may be issued.

Agenda (Half day session)
0830 - 0845 Registration and introduction
0845 - 0915 Issue reference handout review content Introduce HSG185.
0915 - 1015 ‘Power point’ presentation ‘Safe excavation’
1015 - 1030 Break for refreshment
1030 - 1130 Paragon DVD ‘Excavation Safety’
Risk assessment (according to experience)
‘Pipe and cable location’ (CAT and Genny); practical if required
1130 - 1230 A written question / answer test based on DVD. Not assessed.
Review of answers to written test.
Review of session. General discussion

Timings will vary according to student background and extent of service locating practical required.