Safe Digging Is Not Enough

It has been declared in front of around 125 construction leaders by Terry Morgan, Crossrail’s chairman; Paul Sheffield, Kier’s former chief executive; and Dennis Curran, Barhale’s executive chairman, that the amount of injury and damage occurring from working around underground services is unacceptable, unnecessary and cannot go on. They have launched a free-to-download “safe digging is not enough” toolkit to demonstrate their commitment to raising safety standards.

A group of client, contractor, utility provider and designer representatives; supported by the HSE; have been brought together to provide the industry leadership required to drive a step change from “safe digging” to “avoiding underground services”, following the confirmed hierarchy of risk management; with emphasis on planning, design, diversion and isolation and the behaviours around bypassing underground services.

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