Unit 003 Excavation in the Highway

Course Aim:

This unit is required by construction/utility operatives who, under the New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991, are required to demonstrate their competence in carrying out excavation work in the public highway.

Operatives must be experienced and currently employed in working on Public Highways, as this unit predominately focuses on assessment.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify different types of footway and carriageway
  • Excavate in the highway
  • Support underground apparatus during excavation
  • Identify, select and store excavated materials for re-use as backfill

Content :

  • Use of a disc cutter or road saw safely to cut the full depth of the surfacing layers, straight and with no over cutting. The appropriate personal protective equipment must also be selected and worn.
  • Removal, cleaning, stacking and disposal of modular paving.
  • Using a breaker to break-up the surfacing layers safely. The appropriate personal protective equipment must also be selected and worn.
  • Excavating the trench with appropriate tools and select materials for reuse or disposal.
  • Excavating with care preventing damage to exposed services.
  • Identification of the types of carriageways and construction layers for flexible, composite, rigid and modular carriageways and flexible, rigid and modular footways.
  • Supporting and protecting underground services.
  • Identifying a range of backfill materials classes A, B, C, D and E.
  • Field testing materials for suitability and disposal.
  • Adopting safe working practices in accordance with current legislation.
  • Providing sufficient underpinning knowledge evidence by way of oral or written questions.

Course Duration:   6.5 hours contact time i.e. one day [for very experienced operatives]
[Note: this unit is normally run in combination with other units]
Type of Certificate: Competence based, valid for ‘5’ years
Accreditations: CGLI or CABWI or SCOTVEC

Course Enquiry:

Call 01925 244 144
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