• Has the location of underground services has been determined from potential sources such as Dial before you dig, Asset owners, client/property owners

  • Safe approach distances (SAD’s) for underground services have been identified as per the asset owners requirements, with no mechanical devices used within the SAD’s

  • Physical location of underground services has been established and marked using a competent/accredited service locator, or via non-destructive digging

  • For excavations >300mm, excavation permits have been raised, approved, and are available in the proximity of the works, with controls applied accordingly

  • Training has been conducted regarding the hazards and controls associated with working in and around excavation and trenches

  • Activity specific SWMS have been prepared for any excavation or trenching greater than 1.5m

  • Excavations greater than 2m have been planned and approved by a competent person with a temporary works design, and implemented to include controls such as benching, battering or shoring de-watering and geotechnical /civil engineering advice/report as required

  • Conduct Visual Verification - Excavations in progress are witnessed to be suitably controlled including; safe angle of repose for any benching/battering(battering angle of 45o or less)

  • Conduct Visual Verification - Excavations in progress are witnessed to be suitably controlled including; excavation not undermining the integrity of nearby buildings or structures

  • Conduct Visual Verification - Excavations in progress are witnessed to be suitably controlled including; Spoil, material and plant are located or operating outside of the zone of influence

  • Conduct Visual Verification - Excavations in progress are witnessed to be suitably controlled including; Traffic movements are outside the zone of influence of the excavation

  • Conduct Visual Verification - Excavations in progress are witnessed to be suitably controlled including; Barricading & Signage has been installed around excavations where there is a likelihood of a person falling

  • Conduct Visual Verification - Excavations in progress are witnessed to be suitably controlled including; Backfilling or covering of excavations occurs as soon as possible

  • Conduct Visual Verification - Excavations in progress are witnessed to be suitably controlled including; Safe access and egress to the trench has been provided

  • Evidence to be provided that a daily inspection has been conducted and recorded prior to works commencing to verify the stability of any excavation/trench which has remained open since the previous shift.

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