We’re happy to share our training on identifying and working around in-ground services on construction sites.
One of our Critical Risks is to Dig / Penetrate Ground, an everyday task that can lead to dangerous, disruptive services strikes. We’ve developed a robust procedure for our sites to follow when they’re putting in stakes, planting trees, doing earthworks, trenching and piling etc., including an Essential Checklist that needs to be completed as part of the task planning process before work starts.
We shared our Dig / Penetrate Ground training recently with the Vertical Construction Leaders Group, and were inundated with requests to make it more widely available – so, here it is!
The training covers:
- What constitutes penetrating ground?
- Question & answers to get an understanding of existing knowledge
- Naylor Love’s process – and why
- How to generate information relating to in-ground services
- Identification of in-ground services
- Overview of safe digging practices
- Service markings, service providers and special conditions
- Emergency procedures
- Initiative / innovation on service markings
There are regional variations when it comes to services providers, emergency contacts and minimum approach distances (also known as MADS), so you’ll find a few sections with region-specific information. We’ve covered Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Queenstown and Dunedin in this version of the presentation – we’ll be adding more soon!
Please keep an eye on our Health & Safety page as we look to enhance the way we share our learnings across the industry. Watch this space!
The fine print:
This presentation has been shared as an example of “best practice” in identifying and working around in-ground services in New Zealand. The presentation is provided “as-is” and is to be used at your own risk. No warranties as to performance, fitness for a particular purpose, or any other warranties whether expressed or implied are provided. Naylor Love does not accept responsibility of any kind to any third parties who make use of the contents of the presentation.