Exposed Utilities Maintenance

When it comes to undertaking safe utilities excavation, its essential contractors are aware of the health and safety risks.

Information commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive, identifies 3 basic considerations when working near buried assets:

1. Plan, 2. Locate, 3. Safe excavation3 Key Considerations Safe Utilities Excavation

The HSG47 guidance carefully considers risks to both the on-site environment and colleagues working within the operation. This in turn can have positive effects on reducing the risk of damaging service lines, with smarter excavation techniques diminishing the likelihood of service strikes.

Thorough planning and consideration before breaking ground, together with a comprehensive knowledge of where services lie is key to avoiding potential health and safety conflicts.

Detailed ground plans can be obtained from the local utilities maintenance companies, although a ground penetrating radar survey is advisable if plans are several years old.

Once all service lines have been identified, a no-dig solution such as vacuum excavation can safely excavate along buried assets – reducing the risk of damage and personal injury.

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Source: Health and Safety Executive – HSG47 Avoiding danger from underground services