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Utility Excavations - Category 2 - Implement Safe (Digging) Excavating Practices


Category 2: Implement Safe (Digging) Excavating Practices covers the minimum training and assessment required for those working to safely excavate and maintain holes and trenches using both hand tools and hand-held power tools. The standard has been derived from the following National Occupational Standards:

* EUSEPUS043 Carry out Excavation Work on Underground Cables in Electricity Power Environment.
* EUSMUNC07 Excavate and Maintain Holes and Trenches for Utility Networks Construction.
* EUSGNC007 Excavate and Maintain Holes and Trenches for Complex Operations in Gas Network Construction.

It also incorporates the relevant requirements of HSE guidance documents:

* HSG47 Avoiding Danger from Underground Services.
* HSG150 Health and Safety in Construction.


1 day.

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Suitable For

Managers, supervisors, safety professionals and/or operatives who are required to safely excavate and maintain holes and trenches using both hand tools and hand-held power tools.


  • Achievement of the standard demonstrates effective performance, by being able to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge:

  • Interpret utility drawings and line search documents to identify underground services.
  • Use safe digging techniques to carry out and maintain excavations.
  • Identify the dangers and hazards associated with excavations.



Teaching Methods

  • Theory and practical training and assessment.

Accreditation Options

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On completion of this course, candidates will receive an Energy and Utilities Skills card.

Course Dates

There are currently no dates set for this course, for more information please contact us or call our friendly sales team on 0330 0948 424

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