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Getting your job done safely

This sponsored content is provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and any links will take you to their website.

    Whether you are procuring or undertaking building work, this information will help you ensure it is done safely.


    Excavation

    Every year people die, many more suffer life changing injuries and buildings collapse, because of unsafe excavations.

    Constructing a basement underneath a property is specialised high-risk work that can catastrophically affect the stability of existing buildings.

    Planning even simple jobs can save time, effort and often money.  A basic safety plan can also help you and your builder think about the safety and health issues that can arise during the work.

    You can find more information and an example plan1 from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

    The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has produced a free CDM Wizard2 app which is simple and quick to use.

    If you are a landlord, property developer or other commercial client, there are things you must do to ensure the work is carried out safely3.


    Further information

    For projects involving excavations, such as constructing a basement under an existing property, underpinning, digging trenches for services or sewage pipes – there are simple steps to help you and your builder work safely, available from the Health and Safety Executive:

    Find a Trade Professional

    Use our partner directories from RIBA, FMB, or RTPI to find an architect, builder or planning consultant to help with your project or development.

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      1. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cis80.pdf
      2. https://www.citb.co.uk/about-citb/partnerships-and-initiatives/construction-design-and-management-cdm-regulations/about-cdm/
      3. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg411.pdf
      4. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cis64.pdf
      5. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cis66.pdf
      6. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cis65.pdf
      7. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cis63.pdf

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