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NPORS N027 Excavation Marshall Banks person training

  • N027 Excavation Marshall Banks person


Working around an excavator is an extremely hazardous task and those who are carrying out these activities should be suitably trained in the hazards and control measures associated with these works. From setting up the work area, identifying street furniture and ground scarring that could indicate a buried service to guiding the excavator and monitoring the excavation as works progress, the excavator Marshall role is vital for safe working. It is vital that those operating plant and machinery are trained and competent to do so, which is a requirement of the provision and use of work equipment regulations 1998.


It is envisaged that by the end of this course of training the learner will be able to answer questions on and perform the following activities

· Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and your responsibilities as an excavation Marshall – Banks person

· Have knowledge of equipment to be used and be conversant with method statements risk assessments and permits to work

· Identify and maintain personal protective equipment appropriate for use

· Conduct all pre-excavation checks

· Agreed communication signals and emergency procedures

· Safe positioning of Excavation Marshall-banks person

· Define and identify the different types of underground services

· Identify the risks that excavations can present and how people may be affected

· Conduct all necessary safety checks of the work area

· Carry out exploratory tasks

· Identify the risks of excavating near to underground services and the safe digging Practises that should be adopted

· Carry out all end of shift and shutdown procedures



Novice course duration: 1 days

Maximum novice course ratio: 3 operators 1 Machine 1 trainer (3.1.1)

Maximum number of novice tests per day: 3

Maximum number of refresher tests per day: 3

Maximum number of experienced worker tests per day: 6



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