Excavation is any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in the Earth’s surface formed by earth removal. Planning is an important part to identify and eliminate or mitigate any hazards related to an excavation. This should take place during the initial stage to address hazards prior to the digging operations.

For any excavation work, employers and employees are required to follow the regulation The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. Our excavation toolbox talk helps employers keep their employees safe and stay compliant with the law.

In order to be within the requirement of the law, all practicable steps must be taken to prevent danger to any person, including, where necessary, the provision of supports or battering, to ensure that:

  • No excavation or part of an excavation collapses.
  • No material forming the walls or roof of, or adjacent to, any excavation is dislodged or falls.
  • No person is buried or trapped in an excavation by material which is dislodged or falls.

Items Covered in Excavation Toolbox Talk

Our excavation toolbox talk is split up in following sections:

  • Introduction: Provides an overview of what an excavation is.
  • The Dangers: This section covers the health & safety risks related to excavation work.
  • Control Measures: Outline controls that can be used to eliminate and/or mitigate hazards related to excavation projects.
  • The Law: List regulations that employers are obligated to comply with for excavation work.
  • Toolbox Talk Questions: Includes a few questions to assess attendees understanding of the excavation toolbox talk.

Each of our toolbox talks include an additional page where relevant dangers on site can be identified and discussed, together with an attendance list where participants can be recorded and sign.

Purchase our Excavation Toolbox Talk to keep your employees safe, or take advantage of our toolbox talk packages which contains a range of our toolbox talks at a reduced price.