Designed inline with UK HSE47 guidance this online Safe Excavation training course provides the knowledge needed to plan and undertake excavations and buried services safely.
Duration | 45 minutes
Online Safe Excavation Course | Excavations can be one of the most hazardous types of work in the construction industry if not performed correctly. There is the potential for serious accidents if guidance is not followed. From RIDDOR one of the top five causes of fatality in the construction sector is contact with electricity.
In order to reduce the risks the UK HSE publishes clear guidance for those planning and conducting work (HSG47). A key part of the guidance is ensuring employees receive appropriate training. This online safe excavation training covers all the best practice outlined within HSG47 and provides learners with the practical guidance on how conduct excavations and buried services work safely.
The main objective is to improve safe during excavations by providing an awareness of the dangers and to ensure that all parties are fully aware of their duties.
MAIN LEARNING OUTCOMES
- The dangers present when excavating
- The legislation relevant to buried services
- Employers’ duties in protecting employees during excavation work
- The procedures for carrying out excavation work safely
UNIT 1 | Excavation Work: Dangers and the Law
In unit one we highlight the dangers present when excavating and set out the legal, and moral, duties of all parties to protect those undertaking excavation works. Topic headers are;
- Definition of Excavation
- The Dangers
- Our Duties
- Employee’s duties
- Moral duties
- Financial duties
UNIT 2 | Excavation Safety Control Measures
So far, we have discussed the dangers associated with excavation. In this unit, we will take a look at some of the control measures that can be put in place to decrease the risks involved in excavation work. Topic headers are;
- Control of Works
- Excavation Permit
- HSG47 Guidance
- During and post work
UNIT 3 | QUIZ
Those involved in commissioning, planning, managing and carrying out work on or near underground services. It is also useful for the owners and operators of such services.
At the end of the Safe Excavation course there is a 15 question, multiple-choice quiz. If learners demonstrate their understanding of course content by achieving a minimum score of 80%, we’ll email them their completion certificate. If learners score less than 80%, they can revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until they are successful. A posted certificate is available for £6.
The certificate is valid for 2 years.
EXCAVATING SAFELY INCLUDES
- Complies with UK legislation
- Self-paced, learn-anywhere
- Available on phones, tablets and desktops
- Emailed accredited certificate
- Carbon net-zero product
DEFINITION OF EXCAVATIONS
What is the definition of excavation? We define excavation as any work which involves penetrating or disturbing the ground/floor.
- Hand digging
- Hammering road pins
- Excavation with plant Breaking up slabs
- Floor sawing
- Removal of trees and hedges
DANGERS OF EXCAVATION
Striking underground services (also referred to as buried services) can, at best, be nothing more than an inconvenience (temporary damage to a data cable for example).
However, where the services are of higher risk such as electricity or gas, an unintended strike can result in a serious injury or fatality. Strikes to things such as water or sewage mains can also result in severe repercussions. Strikes to services can also lead to property and environmental damage as well as damage resulting from fire, explosion, flooding etc.
For anyone undertaking or overseeing excavations the UK HSE has provided a clear guide that helps understand requirements. A PDF copy of the guide can be downloaded here. A general guide for maintaining a safe construction site is available here. Understanding where accidents occur is a helpful was to refine where you deploy safety resources. A PDF from the UK HSE containing the latest construction safety statistics can be found here.