OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 32 Excavating and Tunnelling

Section 441 Disturbing the ground

For the purpose of this Part, ground is disturbed if a work operation or activity on or under the existing surface results in a disturbance or displacement of the soil, but not if the disturbance or displacement is a result only of

(a) routine, minor road maintenance,

(b) agricultural cultivation to a depth of less than 450 millimetres below the ground surface over a pipeline, or

(c) hand-digging to a depth of no more than 300 millimetres below the ground surface, so long as it does not permanently remove cover over a buried facility.