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May 26, 2021

Control measure - Shoring

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Consider requesting specialist advice and resources for shoring

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Ensure the competent person for shoring continually assesses and monitors its effectiveness

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Strategic Action - Consider providing shoring equipment and materials

No change following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Consider spreading the load of equipment or personnel to reduce the pressure on the opening

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Assess and continuously monitor the hazard area for signs of further collapse of an unstable or collapsed natural or built environment

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Ensure that the minimum numbers of personnel work in the hazard area for an unstable or collapsed natural or built environment

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Identify the type of material being excavated and the height and angle of the excavated face

No change following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Consider requesting specialist advice regarding unstable or collapsed natural or built environments

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Seek advice or assistance for shoring from the responsible person or competent person

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Consult with the responsible person or competent person to establish a safe system of work for an unstable or collapsed natural or built environment

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Avoid applying additional loads to the excavation, such as fire and rescue service vehicles, equipment and personnel 

No change following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Strategic Action - Ensure personnel are aware of local or national arrangements and the specialist advice available for excavations

No change following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Strategic Action - Establish arrangements with appropriate agencies to provide specialist advice, assessment and monitoring of excavations 

No change following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Strategic Action - Consider providing local equipment or access to specialist resources to enable personnel to work ...

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Strategic Action - Ensure personnel have access to appropriate specialist advice and equipment to assess unstable or collapsed natural or built environments

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Identify an appropriate area to locate equipment, personnel and debris to prevent further collapse of an unstable natural or built environment

Revised following approval of Height, structures and confined spaces. Second edition, version 1 by NFCC Steering Group 04/05/2021


October 14, 2020

Hazard - Unstable or collapsed excavations

Changes to content made following the database assurance review. All changes approved by CPO board 06/18. Assurance work completed by J Guthrie and M Hodges.

Hazard - Unstable or collapsed excavations

Changes to content made following the database assurance review. All changes approved by CPO board 06/18. Assurance work completed by J Guthrie and M Hodges.


April 25, 2019

Tactical Action - Consider spreading the load of equipment or personnel to reduce the pressure on the excavation

Guidance changed following review of legacy guidance. Content approved by NFCC Steering Group

Control measure - Safe system of work: Unstable or collapsed excavations

Change of guidance following review of Generic Risk Assessments. Approved by Steering Group 09/04/2019

Hazard - Unstable or collapsed excavations

Changes to content made following the database assurance review. All changes approved by CPO board 06/18. Assurance work completed by J Guthrie and M Hodges.

Tactical Action - Request that machines, equipment and vehicles are kept isolated or moved to a safe distance away from a natural or built environment

Guidance changed following review of legacy guidance. Content approved by NFCC Steering Group

Tactical Action - Risk assess the movement of any machinery, equipment, or vehicles prior to moving them or requesting they are moved

Guidance changed following review of legacy guidance. Content approved by NFCC Steering Group

Tactical Action - Identify an appropriate area to store equipment, personnel and debris to prevent further collapse of an unstable natural or built environment

Change of guidance following review of Generic Risk Assessments. Approved by Steering Group 09/04/2019

Strategic Action - Consider providing local equipment or access to specialist resources to enable personnel to work ...

Change of guidance following review of Generic Risk Assessments. Approved by Steering Group 09/04/2019

Tactical Action - Assess the structural stability of the working environment and establish cordon controls at an appropriate distance from the hazard area

Change of guidance following review of Generic Risk Assessments. Approved by Steering Group 09/04/2019

Hazard - Unstable or collapsed excavations

Changes to content made following the database assurance review. All changes approved by CPO board 06/18. Assurance work completed by J Guthrie and M Hodges.

Control measure - Cordon controls: Unstable or collapsed excavations

Change of guidance following review of Generic Risk Assessments. Approved by Steering Group 09/04/2019


February 01, 2019

Hazard - Unstable or collapsed excavations

Changes to content made following the database assurance review. All changes approved by CPO board 06/18. Assurance work completed by J Guthrie and M Hodges.

Control measure - Safe system of work: Unstable or collapsed excavations

Training Spec now linked.


August 24, 2018

Tactical Action - Liaise with the responsible person or competent person if required

Tactical Action - Consider requesting specialist tactical advice and resources for shoring

Tactical action wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 27-02-17

Tactical Action - Assess and monitor the effectiveness shoring

Strategic Action - Consider providing shoring equipment and materials

Strategic Action - Be aware of how to request National Resilience capabilities and mutual aid resources

Control measure - Safe system of work: Unstable or collapsed excavations

Tactical Action - Liaise with the responsible person or competent person if required

Control measure - Safe system of work: Unstable or collapsed excavations

Tactical Action - Assess and continuously monitor the excavation for indications of further collapse 

Hazard - Unstable or collapsed excavations

Training specification links established

Control measure - Safe system of work: Unstable or collapsed excavations


May 23, 2018

Control measure - Establish appropriate cordon controls

Training specification link established


March 26, 2018

Control measure - Establish appropriate cordon controls


March 21, 2018

Control measure - Consider shoring


March 20, 2018

Control measure - Establish appropriate cordon controls

Training Specification link established


March 19, 2018

Control measure - Supervision

Control measure - Consider shoring


March 14, 2018

Tactical Action - Liaise with on-site specialist and rescue teams regarding structural stability and shoring capabilities