Appreciation of Excavation Safety

Course Objectives

  • Understand general and specific legislation and guidance pertaining to excavation, construction and groundworks. Examples are: HSWA 1974, CDM 2015, HSG150, HSGG 47, Work at Height Regs 2015, PUWER 1998, Confined Spaces Regulations 1997, EUSMUNC07, EUSGNC007, COSVR370 
  • Recognise when and why excavation support should be employed and the specific safety and shoring systems to prevent near misses, accidents, injuries and/or fatalities on-site 
  •  Distinguish between good and bad practices via increased education in this specialist area
  • Identify ground/soil types and changeable conditions faced on-site, including dealing with water 
  • Carry out or interpret Risk Assessments, Permits & Temporary Works Designs


  • EUSR photo id card with qualification stated on back of card 
  • Groundforce Training Certificate of attendance (in addition to EUSR card) 

Additional Information 

  • Delegates receive a personal copy of our excavation learners' notes for reference 
  • This course can be delivered with your companies specific risk assesment(s), procedure(s) and permit(s) to work and will maintain the EUSR accreditation

Who Will Benefit?

Managers, Supervisors, safety professionals and/or operatives who are required to oversee excavation activities.  It is highly recommended that those who physically install, inspect and/or remove shoring systems or require a more in-depth knowledge of excavation safety, attend the appropriate 'live' dig practical training course(s). 


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