Outline control measures needed to improve safety during excavation work on a construction site. The control measures needed to improve safety during excavation work include:
- The provision of support for the sides such as shoring or benching where there is a risk of collapse;
- The detection of underground services such as gas or electricity by the use of plans or the use of cable/pipe detectors;
- Storing materials, equipment and spoil away from the edge of the excavation;
- Providing means of preventing vehicles falling into the excavation such as stop blocks;
- Using edge protection such as barriers or guard rails to prevent persons from falling into the excavation;
- Protection against flooding by the provision of pumps;
- Supporting adjacent buildings against collapse;
- Providing safe means of access and egress to the excavation;
- Testing deep excavations for fumes;
- Providing means of ventilation where necessary;
- Carrying out regular inspections of the excavation by a competent person;
- Providing adequate lighting;
- Ensuring the use of personal protective equipment such as hard hats and boots
- Introducing procedures to deal with possible biological hazards
Other Important Health and Safety Topics:
- How to Pass NEBOSH IGC In First Attempt?
- Guidance On NEBOSH Command Words / Action Verbs
- Why We Manage Health and Safety?
- Barriers In Promoting Good Standards Of Health And Safety at Workplace.
- Purpose Of Three Main Sections Of An Organization’s Health And Safety Policy.
- Circumstances That May Require A Health And Safety Policy To Be Reviewed
- Setting Of Health and Safety Targets & Their Importance
- Reasons Why An Organization Should Review Its Health And Safety Performance
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