EXCAVATION SAFETY NEW DOCUMENT
1 August 2016
WorkSafe NZ has just released a new document GOOD PRACTICE GUIDELINES - EXCAVATION SAFETY July 2016 that provides practical guidance to manage excavation health and safety risks. This new document supersedes the old Approved Code Of Practice (ACOP) For Excavation And Shafts For Foundations.
Masterspec cited the old ACOP in a number of sections related to excavation and trenching etc. All the Masterspec sections that cited the ACOP have been changed to GOOD PRACTICE GUIDELINES - EXCAVATION SAFETY. The new document has also been added to a number of other sections to provide a wider range of coverage, in particular 1250 TEMPORARY WORKS & SERVICES (all systems except Minor) and 8600 CIVIL - COMMON REQUIREMENTS (Structural & Civil).
It is worth noting that as well as deep excavations and trenches the new document also covers work behind unfilled high retaining walls under certain conditions, including steep soil batters.
GOOD PRACTICE GUIDELINES - EXCAVATION SAFETY July 2016
ACOP FOR EXCAVATION AND SHAFTS FOR FOUNDATIONS