The Main Precautions To Be Taken Whilst Undertaking An Excavation Project

The Main Precautions To Be Taken Whilst Undertaking An Excavation Project

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Excavation work is being undertaken on a construction site. Identify the control measures that should be in place to minimise the risk to workers.

  • Detection of services using plans, cable / pipe detectors etc,
  • Supporting the sides to prevent collapse,
  • Storage of materials and spoil away from the edge to prevent them falling into the excavation,
  • Measures to prevent vehicles falling into excavations such as stop blocks, mounds, etc,
  • Guard rails and barriers,
  • Measures to prevent collapse of adjacent structures,
  • Safe means of access / egress,
  • Testing for, and ventilation of, noxious fumes,
  • Measures to pump out water (dewatering) to prevent or reduce the likelihood of flooding,
  • Safe procedures for working with mechanical plant,
  • Inspection, training and supervision of the staff involved and those providing supervision,
  • Provision of information, instruction, training and supervision of an appropriate standards.

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