OHS Code

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

Section 447 Locating buried facilities

(1) Before the ground is disturbed or existing concrete is removed at a work site, an employer must

(a) contact the owner or the owner’s designate of

(i) a pipeline that is within 30 metres of the work site, and

(ii) any other buried or concrete-embedded facility that may be affected by the ground disturbance or removal of existing concrete,

(b) advise the owner or the owner’s designate of the proposed activities,

(c) ask the owner or the owner’s designate to identify and mark the location of the buried or concrete-embedded facility, and

(d) not begin disturbing the ground or removing the existing concrete until buried or concrete-embedded facilities have been identified and their locations marked.

(2) An employer must ensure that workers are aware of locate marks for buried or concrete-embedded facilities.

(3) An employer must ensure that steps are taken to re-establish the locate marks for buried or concrete-embedded facilities if activities at the work site move or destroy the locate marks.

(4) Despite subsection (1), an employer may use as-built record drawings of the buried or concrete-embedded facilities for locating the buried or concrete-embedded facilities if

(a) the work does not require excavation or removal of the soil, ground, or existing concrete, and

(b) the ground is penetrated to a depth of 1 metre or less or the existing concrete is penetrated to a depth of 150 millimetres or less.

(5) The as-built record drawings referred to in subsection (4) must be certified by the owner of the buried or concrete-embedded facility as the most current drawings of record that indicate the constructed location of the buried or concrete-embedded facility.