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Excavation Work Toolbox Talk

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Excavation Work

Introduction: Trenches are potential killers. The majority of fatal trench accidents occur where the depth is less than 1.5m. A cubic metre of earth can weigh over 1.5 tonnes – which will crush a man.

Main points:
• Prior to any digging carry out thorough checks for services.
• Plan excavations including shoring requirements, safe access/egress, etc.
• Ensure any support/shoring materials are present on site prior to commencing excavations.

Discussion points:
• Excavations must be supported/battered back where necessary to prevent collapse.
• Use ladders for access/egress – do not climb supports.
• Provide edge protection around excavations to protect other workers, the public, etc.
• Keep soil heaps, tools and vehicles back away from the edge of excavations.
• Never throw tools/materials into an excavation – always pass hand to hand or lower on a rope.
• Wear suitable PPE, including head and foot protection.
• Do not jump across excavations – provide suitable bridges where required.
• If vehicles are to be used to fill then position stops to ensure vehicles cannot drive into excavations.
• Never adjust/adapt supports/shoring without first getting approval from person in charge.
• Excavations must be inspected prior to entry, at the start of each shift, and after any destabilising event (including heavy rain).
• Excavations must be formally inspected by a competent person at least once every seven days and the results recorded.


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