OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 455 Safe entry and exit

The employer must ensure that workers required to enter a trench have a safe means of entering and leaving the trench. This could include a ladder, scaffold or a mechanical device such as a stairway. It could also include appropriate sloping of the ground or soil so that a worker can safely walk into or out of the excavation.

When a trench is more than 1.5 metres deep, a safe point of entering and leaving must be located no more than 8 metres from the worker. The trench walls located between the worker and the safe point of entering and leaving must be supported or sloped as required by this Part.