>The IFA does not issue guidelines for safe depth of working. I believe that
>their Code of Conduct insists that IFA members >have due regard to Health
>and Safety legislation.
That's very interesting considering DCC when issuing a brief stipulate:
"If the depth of trenching exceeds 1.2 metres the trench sides will need to
be shored or stepped to enable the archaeologist to examine and record the
exposed stratigraphy. The work shall be carried out in accordance with IFA
Standards and Guidance for Archaeological Field Evaluations (1994), as
SAFE is the appropriate word.
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From: "kevin wooldridge" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2006 10:48 PM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Entrenching tools, trench depths, the IFA and Health
> Peter Wardle is right in that there is no 'safe' recommended depth for
> excavations. It just has to be safe.
> The IFA does not issue guidelines for safe depth of working. I believe
> that their Code of Conduct insists that IFA members have due regard to
> Health and Safety legislation.
> As for entrenching tools. A few years back we tried to use these on site.
> It was pointed out to us by our Health and Safety advisor at the time
> (also one do the authors of the SCAUM H&S manual) that there was a
> tendency to use these tools at face level and if there was a rebound from
> a hard surface the pointed 'back end' of the tool was likely to cause
> serious damage to someones face. A secondary factor was that as these
> tools tend to be picked up secondhand you have no idea of its previous
> history and as we found, the shafts tend to break at inappropriate
> I would ask Nick to seriously consider whether the use of these tools is
> kevin wooldridge
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