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Comply with these two Construction Regulations requirements when doing excavation work or prepare to face penalties

by , 20 April 2014
Earlier this year, a construction worker from Florida died after the ground collapsed and buried him. He'd been walking along an underground pipeline when the dirt around him collapsed. Incidents like these are also common in the construction industry. That's why you need to stick to the law when doing excavation work. Here's why Construction Regulations 2014 require you to do during excavation work.

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Make sure you play by these construction safety requirements when doing excavation work

#1: Comply with requirements for working in confined spaces as set out in General Safety Regulations, 2003.

One of the requirements for working in confined spaces is that you must have a Safety Watcher, Attendant, Rescuer (SWAR).

In this article, we explained that a SWAR is the person who stands outside the entrance of the confined space. He's there to look out for the well being of those within the confined space. And must keep talking to the workers in case of an incident.

#2: The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors says Construction Regulations 2014 require you to ensure that every excavation, including all bracing and shoring, is inspected:

  • Daily, prior to the commencement of each shift;
  • After every blasting operation;
  • After an unexpected fall of ground;
  • After damage to supports; and
  • After rain.


 

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That's not all there is to Construction Regulations and excavation work

The Department of Labour introduced Construction Regulations 2014 earlier this year to make sure you keep your employees safe especially when they do excavation work.

We've just scratched the surface with the safety requirements we've outlined. Get the full safety requirements in the Construction Compliance Guide so you can fully comply and protect your employees.

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