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Max Number of Delegates: 6                     

Duration: ½ Day

Length of Certification: 3 Years                                                   

Accreditation: Certificated

Who Should Attend

This programme is designed for Operatives and Supervisors who have to locate underground apparatus and execute a safe excavation.


To provide both Operatives and Supervisors with the skills and knowledge to carry out cable avoidance and excavation work


  • Introduction to HSG 47/HSG185
  • Basic principles of location and avoidance of underground services
  • Reading and interpreting site plans
  • Practical use of cable locating equipment
  • Safe digging practices


By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Identify potential risks to themselves and others
  • Read and understand site plans
  • Operate cable avoidance tools in order to avoid or locate underground apparatus
  • Safely excavate around buried cables & utiliites
  • Understand rgulations & guidance in relation to cable avoidance & safe excavation

Training Methods

Classroom based tutorials and practical training & assessments

Additional Information

Delegates attending this course should be physically and mentally fit to withstand the rigours of training.

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