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The NZ Transport Agency is committed to supporting the government’s objective to reduce workplace fatalities and serious harm by 25%. To assist in achieving that objective we have endorsed and adopted the Worksafe guide for excavation safety. This document provides practical guidance to manage health and safety risks associated with excavation work.

The risks associated with excavation work are increased due to the speed at which an excavation can collapse resulting in serious injury or death. The guide provides practical advice on managing and controlling the risks, planning the work, and plant and equipment.

Excavation safety good practice guide [PDF, 4.5 MB]

For further information contact zeroharm@nzta.govt.nz.

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