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Hazard
Deep excavations

Hazard Knowledge

Fire and rescue personnel need to understand and consider the additional hazards presented within deep excavation workings. These include:

  • Height-related risks
  • Potential collapse of excavated sections and shoring equipment

A deep excavation in soil or rock is defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as being 4.5m deep (15ft).