All Acorn Gardening staff must complete this training. Please read all the information and complete the questions at the end.
Estimated time: 5 to 10 minutes
As a landscaper your job sometimes involves excavation of areas which could house utilities such as gas, electricity, water and telecoms.
Damage to utilities can be extremely dangerous and costly. It is a legal requirement that all staff participating in excavation understand how to avoid damage to these services.
This short course is designed to teach you the basics of staying safe when carrying out excavation work. Practical training will follow this session.
These safety practices are to be used on all work. Responsibility lies with all members of the team, not just the manager or supervisor.
Excavation: Anything which penetrates the ground or goes below surface level
Utilities: Cables, tubes, pipes and other things which are part of the electric, gas, water, sewerage or telecommunications systems.
What you need to know
Damaging utilities can be extremely dangerous and is sometimes fatal. Despite the best detection practices it is never guaranteed that all utilities have been identified.
Electricity is the most dangerous of all the utilities when damaged. Electrical injuries are usually severe and cause burns which are sometimes fatal.
Damage to electricity cables is usually caused by penetrating or crushing the cable but can also be caused by old cables which have deteriorated. Contact with a cable or arcing or the current can cause explosions and fires.
Damage to gas pipes can release flammable gasses which can catch fire and cause explosions.
Other utilities such as telecoms, water and sewerage are not as dangerous but all are extremely expensive and can result in loss of essential services to customers, neighbours or more.
Damages to utilities are extremely expensive to repair. Where due diligence is not taken, you and your employer could be liable to pay the bill. This could result in financial difficulties.
Where the risk of damage cannot be avoided the cable should be deadened by the owner/ provided for the appropriate amount of time.
Gas, if there is a gas leak or suspected gas leak:
Electricity, if a cable is cut or damaged in any way:
Don’t allow others to dig on our site without locating utilities or being briefed on where the no-dig zones are. If it’s our site and they hit something we may be liable.
This is only a general overview of the risks and how to manage them. If there is something out of the ordinary, ask your manager or request information from the office on how to proceed.
You need to get then all correct to pass