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Highway training

Recent changes to the level of supervision required under the New Roads & Street Works Act have significant implications for site investigation industry. The British Drilling Association has prepared a guidance document for its members. Key points are:

The New Roads & Street Works Act 1991 was enabled to address the quality of temporary and permanent reinstatement work in highways and to minimise associated dangers for operatives, pedestrians and motorists.

The Act now requires all personnel working in the highways/verges to have been formally trained to achieve a recognised qualification under Sections 67 and 126.

The formal training covers signing and lighting, service location, breaking out, backfilling and final reinstatement. Oper-atives and supervisors who successfully complete the training are

placed on a qualification register and issued with a registration card, valid for five years.

It is a statutory requirement that operatives hold the appropriate certification. No excavations are legally permitted in the highway/verge without this and regular spot checks are made by the highway authorities to ensure the

Act is adhered to and that operatives hold a valid registration card.

It is the responsibility of all client bodies, their consultants and contractors to ensure that the requirements of the Act are compiled with.

John Swales (on behalf of the British Drilling Association)

Director, Norwest Holst Soil Engineering, Leeds

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