As part of our NEBOSH (general certificate) course we consider how to work safely and what precautions are required whilst excavating.  One precaution is to have safe egress and access.

In April this year a construction company based in London was fined a total of £40,000 for two breaches of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and to pay costs of £1,486.

These breaches were due to an excavation site using the same access and egress point for the excavation which could have resulted in injury, harm or death of employees.  A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector found an evacuation directly behind the front door (the only entrance and exit for the site).

It was found that the 3.5 meter excavation had no support to the sides with no edge protection which could have resulted in people, material or equipment falling into the site.  The inspector had a major concern for the safety of a worker at the bottom of the excavation.

Following an investigation by the HSE it was found that similar enforcement action had been taken on the company.

Within the NEBOSH (general certificate) course Health and Safety is considered on various working environments giving an in-depth portrayal of how to keep people safe.  The next NEBOSH (general certificate ) course running at our HSF Sunderland office commences the 11th-22nd July 2016, for a booking form or more information please contact