Safe Excavation Techniques in Construction


3 days of 6 learning hours
Duration for any practical learning to be at least 50% of this.


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to support the following:


    • spoil characteristics safe storage and removal of excavated material
    • maintain a safe environment
    • maintain tools and equipment
    • underground and above ground services
    • permits to work
    • working at height near excavations
    • safety signs and signals
    • emergency procedures
    • banksman role and responsibilities
    • transportation of loads
    • hazards – all common plant and plant machinery
    • hazards – collapse, noise, environmental and services
    • legislation, regulations, and approved guidance
    • topsoil and subsoil characteristics
    • proprietary trench support
    • marking out and measuring
    • the effects of adverse weather conditions
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