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Excavating Holes and Trenches (Manual Digging) in the Workplace

Reference
Y/503/9650
Level
Level 2
Credit Value
10
Guided Learning Hours
33
 
Aim
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in Excavating Holes and Trenches (Manual Digging) in the Workplace within the relevant sector of the industry.


Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Interpret the given information relating to the work and resources when excavating holes and trenches by manual digging
  • 1.1 - Interpret and extract relevant information from drawings, risk assessments, method statements, specifications, schedules and manufacturers' information.
  • 1.2 - Comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and method statements.
  • 1.3 - Describe the organisational procedures developed to report and rectify inappropriate information and unsuitable resources and how they are implemented
  • 1.4 - Describe different types of information, their source and how they are interpreted in relation to:
    - drawings, specifications, schedules, risk assessments, method statements, manufacturers' information, statutory and regulatory Codes of Practice for excavations and support of the excavations.
2 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when excavating holes and trenches by manual digging
  • 2.1 - Describe their responsibilities regarding potential accidents and health hazards whilst working:
    - in the workplace, below ground level, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement/storage of materials and by manual handling and mechanical lifting.
  • 2.2 - Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company and operative
  • 2.3 - Explain what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.
3 Maintain safe and healthy working practices when excavating holes and trenches by manual digging.
  • 3.1 - Use health and safety control equipment safely to carry out the activity in accordance with current legislation and organisational requirements when excavating holes and trenches by manual digging.
  • 3.2 - Comply with information relating to specific risks to health when excavating holes and trenches by manual digging.
  • 3.3 - Explain why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of protection, should be used, relating to excavating holes and trenches by manual digging and the types, purpose and limitations of each type, the work situation and general work environment, in relation to:
    - collective protective measures
    - personal protective equipment (PPE)
    - respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
    - local exhaust ventilation (LEV).
  • 3.4 - Describe how the relevant health and safety control equipment should be used in accordance with the given instructions.
  • 3.5 - Describe how emergencies should be responded to in accordance with organisational authorisation and personal skills when involved with fires, spillages, injuries and other task-related hazards.
4 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to excavate holes and trenches by manual digging
  • 4.1 - Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials and components, and tools and equipment.
  • 4.2 - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    - digging equipment for the excavation of holes and trenches- hand and/or powered tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 4.3 - Describe how the resources should be used correctly and how problems associated with the resources are reported.
  • 4.4 - Explain why the organisational procedures have been developed and how they are used for the selection of required resources.
  • 4.5 - Describe any potential hazards associated with the resources and methods of work.
  • 4.6 - Describe how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage associated with the method/procedure to excavate holes and trenches by manual digging.
5 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when excavating holes and trenches by manual digging.
  • 5.1 - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage in accordance with safe working practices and organisational procedures.
  • 5.2 - Minimise damage and maintain a clean work space.
  • 5.3 - Dispose of waste in accordance with current legislation.
  • 5.4 - Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.
  • 5.5 - Explain why the disposal of waste should be carried out safely in accordance with environmental responsibilities, organisational procedures, manufacturers' information, statutory regulations and official guidance.
6 Complete the work within the allocated time when excavating holes and trenches by manual digging.
  • 6.1 - Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time
  • 6.2 - Describe the purpose of the work programme and explain why deadlines should be kept in relation to:
    - types of progress charts, timetables and estimated times- organisational procedures for reporting circumstances which will affect the work programme.
7 Comply with the given contract information to excavate holes and trenches by manual digging to the required specification.
  • 7.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when excavating holes and trenches by manual digging:
    - measuring, marking out, excavating and securing.
  • 7.2 - Excavate holes and trenches in highway location and/or construction site to given working instructions.
  • 7.3 - Safely use materials, hand tools, portable power tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 7.4 - Safely store the materials, tools and equipment used when excavating holes and trenches by manual digging
  • 7.5 - Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    – identify and confirm the type of surface and sub-surface composition
    – remove ironwork, modular components
    – excavate ground structures manually
    – guide excavating machine to excavate ground structures
    – avoid damage to service apparatus and sub-structures
    – identify and store excavated and reusable materials
    – position, secure and remove excavation supports
    – provide for access and egress
    – work with plant and machinery
    – use hand tools, power tools and equipment.
  • 7.6 - Describe the needs of other occupations and how to effectively communicate within a team when excavating holes and trenches by manual digging
  • 7.7 - Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when excavating holes and trenches by manual digging.
Assessment guidance and/or requirements
This unit must be assessed in a work environment, in accordance with the ConstructionSkills‘ Consolidated Assessment Strategy for
Construction and the Built Environment.
Assessors for this unit must have verifiable, current industry experience and a sufficient depth of relevant occupational expertise and
knowledge, and must use a combination of assessment methods as defined in the Consolidated Assessment Strategy.
Workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.