OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 452 Loose materials

Loose material that can be dislodged through natural settling and routine worker activities must be scaled or trimmed from the sides of an excavation where workers are, or will be present. Even a moderately-sized rock or clump of soil can cause a serious injury if it falls from a height. Fallen debris in the bottom of an excavation can create a slip, trip or fall hazard. All scaled or trimmed materials should be removed to a location where they have no potential to cause injury.