Hi-Viz permit to dig

Site safety is a primary concern for operatives and any visual aid that can enhance the standards of safety is a necessary implementation.

Excavation is the cause for many serious injuries and even deaths from electrocution and burns in the UK construction industry.

Contractors should constantly be looking for safer work systems to be implemented to protect the workforce.

The example below shows how site safety standards concerning excavation works could be raised using visual aids:

  • All operatives involved in excavation works must conform to wear an adapted blue/yellow Hi-Viz with “I have a permit to dig” displayed on the back;
  • A visual sign must also be displayed when mechanical digging is not permitted;
  • The operative can only acquire this vest by completing a ‘Permit to locate/dig’ application form and have this approved by their supervisor;
  • The permit must also be returned on a daily expiry;
  • This vest identifies the operative is allocated permission and responsibility to carry out the excavation work.

Having followed through on its trial, this safety system is now a requirement on all the contractor’s sites.

For more information regarding the dig permits please see below.


Dig permit Click here to Download

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Monitor report. Kier Living Limited. Bristol. October 2015

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