SAFE DIGGING IS NOT ENOUGH — LAUNCH OF INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICE TOOLKIT THIS MONTH
The injuries and damage caused by the inadvertent damage to underground services, the consequences of which can be devastating, is unnecessary and unacceptable and needs to cease.
Following a serious incident in December 2012, when a worker suffered severe injuries during a relatively simple task around underground services, a working group was put together made up of client, designer, contractor and utility service provider representatives from a range of sponsoring organisations, supported by the HSE.
Initial work identified that there is a wealth of good practice information available for site works, however there is a lack of both awareness and guidance.
A toolkit of guidance ”“ concentrating on planning, design and communication ”“ has therefore been prepared, and is being made freely accessible to anyone who would benefit from it. This does not seek to duplicate, but to signpost good practice (where identified), and provide additional relevant guidance in the avoidance of underground services. The launch event ”“ this month ”“ also highlights tools to support the best practise toolkit including the HSE’s revised guidance “HSG 47” ”“ “Avoiding underground services.”
The guidance and materials that make up the Beyond Safe Digging toolkit are now freely available to view and download at: