When Webb Plumbing Services excavate to replace drains where the depth is greater than 1.5 m deep we always carry out a comprehensive risk assessment. Subject to our findings we may:
- Batter the walls of the trench (i.e. dig a wide trench which is stepped so as to prevent cave-ins)
- Set up ground support systems. I.e. shoring of the trench (steel, aluminium or timber supports).
When working with depths, site inspection is crucial. We take steps to understand:
- The type of soil, whether the ground is wet or has been excavated in the past
- If there are there any services in the area (i.e. gas, electricity, Telstra)
- Are there foundations, trees or other structures nearby?
- Could the ground be contaminated with trade waste?
- Could vehicles or pedestrians be at risk from excavations?
Our team is trained to carry out extensive excavation checklists, including:
- Filling out a SWMS (complete with rescue plan) as standard practice when working with depths
- Checking shoring daily
- Barricading all excavations/ excavator
- Ensuring nobody can enter an un-shored or un-battered section of trench
- Ensuring spoil must be more than half a metre from the edge of a trench
- Setting up safe ladder access
- Ensuring two Webb Plumbing Services staff attend each job
- Comprehensively checking excavator and drainage system fumes
- Full safety check on excavator controls
Contact us now