Excavation Access and Egress

Access and egress into excavations over the years has sometimes been a bone of contention.

HSE recommend numerous ways to comply with ‘safe access’; obvious methods are the use of a ladder, stepping back an excavation and benching a slope to provide a walkway into the trench.

The latter is what we did here on the Q block Aseptic construction facility a few months ago, only for one of engineers to trip over on some loose terram while entering the excavation and for him to fall on to the concrete blinding and injure his arm and leg.

The incident was obviously investigated, and the root cause established was insufficient planning of the excavation works as a safe access/egress was not provided for the personnel entering the trench.

After a certain amount of research, we hired in a number of Haki staircases which we now use on a daily basis for access in to and out of excavations.

We now consider this method as the best way to access excavations.

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