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Deep Excavation Training EUSR

by Autec

EUSR is a widely recognised national skills register for our industries. Ensure your workforce is qualified, and check the qualifications of new contractors.

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There are now more companies than ever involved in excavation activities in the UK. During 2009 there were over 4 million holes dug by utility companies alone.

Excavations are difficult things to ‘construct’. They are generally exposed to the elements which have a major effect on the stability of the excavations and there is often a requirement to keep these excavations open for long periods. Ground conditions vary from one excavation to another (even in the same area) and the actual digging of excavations is complicated by the presence of underground services, underground structures, previous ground use and a plethora of other reasons.

Excavations to any depth need to be protected, typically through one or more shoring materials and systems. The Deep Excavation Course aims to raise the standard of excavation training in the UK and train operatives the correct methods for protecting their excavations in a realistic environment.

The course is aimed at all utility workers who are required to construct and work in excavations from operative to team leader level.

Aims and Objectives

The aim is to give the delegates an opportunity to learn and implement the correct methods for installing trench support in a realistic training environment.

At the end of the programme the delegates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the legislation that is relevant to excavation operations
  • Explain the major causes of excavation failure
  • Demonstrate and explain suitable solutions to prevent excavation failure
  • Identify and explain the main dangers associated with working in excavations
  • List the protective clothing / equipment that must be used when working in excavations
  • State the types of ground support systems available and demonstrate the correct method of support for specific ground conditions Demonstrate practical solutions to operational problems regarding ground support systems
  • Demonstrate how to support shallow / medium trenches in a range of ground conditions using timber, trench sheeting and hydraulic trench shoring
  • Demonstrate the safety aspects appertaining to supporting excavations and be able to explain the consequences of failure
  • Carry out an inspection of ground support systems and complete relevant documentation
  • Carry out striking for ground support systems in a safe working manner

How do I get a Deep Excavations registration?

Registration is based upon successful completion of the Risk Compliance training programme. The course is held over three consecutive days for a total of 22 hours training and assessment. Roughly two thirds (15 hours) of this time is spent outside the classroom carrying out practical learning and assessment. Registration is valid for 3 years from the date of completion.

Certificates and Qualifications

What will I get?

Once you have successfully completed Autec’s Deep Excavation course, you will be issued with an Autec Training Certificate of competency.

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