EUSR – Utility Excavations – (Category 2)

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
  • GS6 Avoiding dangers from overhead power lines

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