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Unprotected deep excavation

Report ID: 16 Published: 1 November 2005 Region: CROSS-UK

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On a construction site by a busy main road a reporter saw a deep excavation with no internal temporary works.

Key Learning Outcomes

For construction professionals:

  • Deep excavations should have the necessary protection and temporary works to ensure the safety of workers and members of the public

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On a construction site by a busy main road a reporter saw a deep excavation with no internal temporary works following demolition, and no protection against vehicles falling into the hole.

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Although this situation is already adequately covered by the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations), Regulation 12, and the breach may well be related to issues such as competency, and therefore reports are welcomed in order to study the trend and underlying causes of near misses.

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