There are a range of underground services that need to be considered before starting digging work. Utility lines or other underground installation is buried beneath the surface and can be present anywhere.

When underground cables are damaged while excavating, it causes disruption of services to the general public and result in someone getting killed or injured.

Damage can be caused when a cable is:

  • Cut by a sharp object like the edge of a tool
  • Crushed by a heavy object or powerful machine.

Our underground services toolbox talk helps keep employees safe and reduce health and safety issues in workplaces where digging is carried out in areas with underground services.

If you are considering our underground services toolbox talk, our Confined Space Toolbox Talk and Hazard Recognition Toolbox Talk might be of interest to you as well.

Items Covered in the Underground Services Toolbox Talk

Our toolbox talk is split up in following sections:

  • Introduction: Explanation of underground services.
  • The Hazards: List of hazards when working or digging around underground services.
  • Control Measures: Outlines controls that should be implemented to avoid injuries related to disturbing underground services.
  • The Law: List the regulations relevant to health and safety when working around underground services.
  • Toolbox Talk Questions: Include a few questions to validate attendees understanding of the toolbox talk.

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

Purchase our Underground Services 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.