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May 26, 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 - 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


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


February 01, 2019

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

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

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

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

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