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Doing excavation work? Make sure you comply with these five legal safety requirements

by , 22 April 2014
If you drive around Joburg, chances are you'll see construction workers doing excavation work. While excavating is necessary to improve infrastructure in the City, it also comes with many hazards for workers on the site. Heavy machinery and the risk of cave-ins all increase the potential dangers for workers. To protect your construction employees, make sure you adhere to the five safety requirements in Construction Regulations 2014.


Is your construction site compliant with all of the newly amended construction regulations?

When the DoL comes to inspect every last detail of your site, will you be confident that everything from your scaffolding to your Health and Safety file is compliant with ALL 26 of it's regulations?

Now you can be!

Here's how to ensure the DoL never says you're site isn't compliant!


Construction Regulations 2014 require you to stick to these five safety excavation work requirements

When it comes to doing excavation work, Construction Regulations 2014 says you (the contractor) must:

#1: Ensure that all excavation work is carried out under the supervision of a competent person who has been appointed in writing; and

#2: Evaluate, as far as is reasonably practicable, the stability of the ground before excavation work begins.

#3: The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors explains that Construction Regulations 2014 state that a contractor who performs excavation work must:

  • Take reasonable and sufficient steps to ensure workers aren't buried or trapped by a fall or dislodgement of material in an excavation;
  • Not allow workers to work in an excavation which hasn't been adequately shored or braced.


Do you want to be fined, jailed or have a criminal record for life?

If an accident occurs in your workplace, and the person dies, you could be charged with culpable homicide, charged penalties of R100 000 or 2 years in jail! The CEO or Owner of a company is personally accountable for health and safety at work.

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That's not all Construction Regulations 2014 have to say about excavation work

#4: If the excavation work involves the use of explosives, you must appoint a competent person in the use of explosives for excavation.

You must also ensure that the person you've appointed develops a method statement in accordance with the applicable explosives legislation.

#5: Construction Regulations 2014 require you to put up warning signs near that area when excavation work is carried out.

Excavation work is dangerous. So make sure you protect your employees by complying with the safety requirements outlined in Construction Regulations 2014.

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